I love the optimism in Janice Fraser’s latest essay for Adaptive Path: It’s a Whole New Internet. Normally, an article similar to this would have just been another link. I guess this one deserved more. Janice captures a lot of the enthusiasm and energy building up around a new connected experience.
I happen to think it’s a little more than just Ajax though. Technologies are ripening everywhere. A culmination of lots of ingenuity at once. One small quote from the essay might be the key:
“Invention inspires invention.”
Embrace what’s happening around you. Contribute something of your own. And heed her words:
“Things are about to change in a very big way.”
It’s great you give her article a bit more exposure. The first time I read it I didn’t feel much from it, but I realized that I have been saying exactly the same thing to people.
Things are changing and I love it. I never actively was a part of the first up (so to say) of the internet, but I am liking what I am seeing. A lot.
I agree as well. We are all feeling it in some way. Just yesterday I posted about how things are changing and we’re seeing a lot of innovation come from the bottom up.
Janice hit on her point really well. There’s change happening on multiple levels. How we interact online, the technology we are using, and how products and ideas are being developed.
Fun times :)
Welcome to the Wild Wide Web, v2.0.
I prefer to call it “the phoenix rise from the dotcom ashes”… After the crash-and-burn sector crisis of 2000-2004, lessons were learned (often the hard way), a lot of deep rethinking and research ensued, and it is now when we are finally sowing the first fruits of this long process, in the form of matured programming approaches, a real sense of community, and a refreshing approach to web applications and interactivity (Ajax, ROR, etc), while aiming to do the right thing at all times (webstandards).
Some have feared this new wave of optimism would head us into a new bubble of sorts, but I don’t think so. For me, it rather feels like we are finally on the right track.
Amen! A friend of mine and myself are currently working on a project that we think will be a big success. Originality isn’t the number one goal anymore. It’s all about how you use existing ideas in an innovative way.
The biggest change I feel is that webhype is moving from idea’s to actual usefull sites that do stuff. Both on the technology side and actual ‘user’ side (e.g. respectively Ruby on Rails and Google Maps/Gmail).
And that’s a pretty fundamental – good – thing to have happend.
I saw Backpack today at the Building of Basecamp workshop and I’ve never been so excited about about a web app. 37s rocked this one.
The end of that article gave me goose bumps the first few times I read it. It is a anxious and inspiring time on the web right now. The potential seems almost overwhelming again.
it looks like they’re long gone now. Who knows maybe some of them ended up at google.
A number actually ended up at Yahoo with the acquistion of Oddpost.
Regarding AJAX… “Called Ajax, this approach removes the redraw-refresh paradigm for interacting with web applications.”
If things are happening (and I agree – there is a ‘feelgood factor’ around), it’s more likely a result of what is being done at server level rather than client.
I just like seeing techniques such as this get more attention. I’ve seen considerable activity in various web app techniques using xmlRequest. In my case it was XUL that really got me excited about the future of the web.
Now what needs to change is the way in which business success is calculated. Unfortunately these new application scare the hell out of commercial business with the loss of their all important page impressions.
Has there been any discussion of how to do incorporate these splendid techniques into current measurement methods? or is the commercial sector going to have to catch up with what seems to be the obvious way to go?
Has there been a point in the past 10 years when the web wasn’t changing? :}
I supposed not Ed, the problem which may occur is that large commercial business who have been struggling to decide upon the best, most reliable and accountable way to measure user numbers, page impressions and CTR’s will take time to come to terms with this ‘new web’.
These new delivery methods will undoubtedly improve their customers service, providing a better customer experience, however changing the way in which success is measured will be quite a struggle.
1) AJAX still makes requests to the server (WHICH ARE WHAT IS MEASURED) so your question has been answered. No changes are needed to properly measure traffic.
The MOST exciting thing about 2.0 is that those of us that had to deal with the influx of dimwits during 1.0 now get to go through all of it again. Cool, I can’t wait until Adobe Dreamweaver comes out with built in AJAX support and clients want web applications for $499.
Maybe 3.0 can filter out the NOISE.
Adam, I think you missed the point of my comment. Obviously, the benefits of AJAX are numerous, but I’ve been doing this long enough to chuckle every time I hear someone say “This is it… the Internet changes NOW. No wait… now. Hold on… uh, NOW.”
The web is constantly evolving, so saying that everything changes from this point forward is redundant. It’s changed since that statement was uttered. That’s the beauty of this medium.
I welcome the challenge of adopting this new methodology where applicable… and look forward to the next one.
I second what has been said by many here, that we all feel this big change on the horizon. I was thinking about what to write here, and how to sum up my thoughts on the subject. I think what it all boils down to is that knowledge is being more widely shared than in the earlier days of the ‘net.
The attitude with which people share information has also shifted. Gone are the days of browsers warring over custom display tags / functions. Now browsers compete to be the most standards-compliant (with the exception of IE).
I think that open-source is what it helping to change the face of the internet for the better. Between Apple making the switch to UNIX and Firefox eating away at IE’s dominance of PC users, much has already happened. Add to that the fact that the majority of web-servers run on some form of LAMP, and it’s easy to see that tight-fisted companies are being passed over in favor of those that are more open-minded.
I agree with what has been said in the previous comments, that one cannot single out a particular point at which the web jumped forward, but that it has been gradually evolving. Here’s to hoping that by being open-minded and sharing ideas, we can help accelerate this change.
As someone who does a lot of development in the Flash environment, I read the article and quickly was met with excitement because AJAX, from my still very ignorant point of view, seems to have many facets that I have come to enjoy about Flash but all set in an environment that is obviously the best for the web.
Very interesting topic and one that I’ll be reading through for quite a while.
As a web developer, I yawned.
As a business consultant it started to put my thoughts down on paper. Most of my clients don’t notice the impact, capabilities, and possibilities of these innovations. Not only is the technology new(er) but a new generation of users with 8+ years of the internet are entering the market.
The article is a step in the right direction. Now it’s up to us to adapt that message to your business. How will AJAX improve what you offer? Can a social network work for (instead of against) your company? So on and so forth…
Invention inspires invention… it’s true.
The article read like marketing buzz to me. So it’s a whole new internet, eh? Things are changing? Duh. Things have been changing and evolving since the internet began. Thats what technology and innovation is all about.
I love how Adaptive Path has sorta hijacked “AJAX” and writes these articles promoting it as if they were the ones that invented it. Great marketing ploy.
The article somewhat disappointed me, expecially when the author quotes a programmer that is astounded by an “Ajax upload module”. Of course this guy’s impressed, it’s a geek thing.
Personnally, switching from table to div, was a much more bigger step for mankind, or at least for my users. :)
On another note. Concerning Absolute Path’s Webby Nomination for Reliefweb, I will simply say that it’s disapointment. As a United Nations staff working on Internet projects in Africa, and a user of Reliefweb, the website rehaul that took two years and two companies is an improvement but not a worthy nomination. I think it only got nominated because of Adaptive Path’s hype!
It’s marketing, just like the Janice’s article.
I can’t beleive I wrote that last part.
I think I am just giving a practical angle of what Janice wrote.
concerning the “Ajax”, take a look at the following: http://www.whoa-framework.org/?/product/bender
These are functional desktop-like applications written in O-O js framework with native support for internationalization using xml dictionaries for locale and gui widgets definition (sort of like XUL). Currently working with both IE and Gecko browsers (Safari might be supported soon). The framework API covers most of the tedious tasks regarding writing such applications, you basically need to focus on creating event listeners only – _very_ similar to writing desktop applications, hence development is very easy.
This is so unbelievably cool article. Thank you very much for it.