The Old Chestnut - Again

David Bovill david at
Sat Nov 26 15:21:05 CST 2005

On 26 Nov 2005, at 22:02, Dan Shafer wrote:

> I have given up on this dream. In the 70's and 80's, several  
> companies tried -- with true object-oriented platforms such as  
> Smalltalk and Java -- to create viable third-party marketplaces for  
> software components, to no avail.

I know what you mean. I remain an optimist, partly because I never  
remotely thought the previous efforts would work, and partly because  
a number of things have moved on:

     1) Open source cryptography and built upon this online eCommerce

     2) Social software and an understanding of how to build shared  
communities of value.

     3) Greatly simplified, robust and easy to deploy and maintain  
components that developers can both use - and some are willing to pay  
for (web services form part of that admittedly new equation,  
Revolution could fill another part).

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