Re: Tim Bray on "Which Technologies Matter?"
3/18/2002 10:48:17 AM, "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@s...> wrote: > >Microsoft had deep pockets and time to spend writing tools and >applications, not to mention a lot of patience through the early days of >Windows. They also put a lot of work into hiding the complexity of >Windows APIs using tools ... >I think Macromedia may be attempting to do the same with Flash: That's a good point, and muddies the clarity of my "If Tim is right, REST will beat SOAP-RPC" prediction. If it is easier to use a more complex technology with good tools than a simpler technology that supposedly doesn't need tools, does its success prove or disprove the 80/20 rule? I guess it comes down to how well the underlying technology can be hidden. I don't know much about this, but we don't hear much about "RISC" processors anymore. Is this a "failure" for the 80/20 rule, or an example that well-hidden complexity can survive and prosper? Or has RISC quietly succeeded and it's just not news anymore?
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