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Development Platforms Forever Changed

In the early days of programming, you had a language and typed in instructions. One of the biggest transformations came in the form of integrated development environments (IDEs). In both cases, the software is still written largely by scratch (with a few libraries tucked in) and assume the platform is either a PC OS or a Web browser.

The newest approach is far different. The newest approach assumes that there's a back-end platform, not just in the form of an operating system, browser or software like e-commerce, but actual stuff -- servers, storage and even customers!

This is the pitch Google, eBay and Amazon are making to corporate developers. They want corporate developers to build apps that tap into the Google/Amazon/eBay cloud, services and infrastructure. Sounds like a pretty cool head start.

Posted by Doug Barney on January 14, 2008 at 11:52 AM


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