Hardware, software ... Software web?

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In the evolution of the computer industry, we've had ferraxes - o equipo necesario para executar as aplicacións. E tivemos software, as solucións que utilizaron eses recursos para facer o traballo que puidemos mercar e instalar desde diferentes soportes. Hoxe en día, podes descargar o software sen os medios.

Dúas décadas de hardware e software

Hardware has upgrades and replacements. I have honestly lost track of all the computers I've owned to date. I have the skeletal remains of no less than 5 along with one dead laptop in my home.

Software has installations and upgrades that install changes in the software application. It's an antiquated system that we still work and struggle with today. I had a software update earlier today that required me to shut down and restart my MacBookPro. I've never had an OSX update go bad, but each time I can't help but get a little pensive – thinking that the worst will happen and I'll lose all my work. I have a network drive where I store my downloaded applications and a CD binder where I store the rest (and invariably find them missing).

Software like Google Spreadsheet, Google Analytics, Gmail, ExactTarget, and a ton of others go by ‘web-based applications' or ‘browser-based applications' or we even throw in an acronym, SaaS. It's a terrible acronym and explains the type of business it is more than the type of ‘ware' it is. As well, many SaaS applications still have upgrades or major releases. They don't require installs or rebooting, but they are unavailable for periods of time.

The perfect name for today's applications might be Netware, but it looks like Novell ten ese termo rexistrado. O software web pode funcionar, pero semella C | Net is using that. It looks as though browserware may be a possibility – but it's an extra syllable.

Por que non o software web?

The bottom line is that Webware (I didn't notice a trademark) is the next evolution of our applications. Today, there really is no need for applications to stop running. We have hundreds of pages in our application at work and can spin up new pages without ever taking down the old ones. I'm sure a little bit of development could happen as well where users can transitions can occur between the old and the new applications.

Databases can be replicated on the fly, or new temporary tables can be built to accomodate the transition. Sure, it's extra work, but my point is that it's possible. We don't have to interrupt our customers anymore.

I don't have a working floppy drive in my home. I rarely utilize my CD/DVD, either. Virtually everything I do is now web-based. When I do download and install software, I usually save a copy on my Buffalo Tech unidade de rede.

Even in business, it's not necessary. When I started up Indiana máis pequena for Pat Coyle, we didn't go with a host. The application is built and hosted with Ningún. Temos todas as configuracións do dominio que apuntan Google Apps onde podemos usar o correo electrónico e Google Docs. Sen hardware, sen software ... pero de software web.

Why don't we call it Webware?

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    Encántame todas as aplicacións baseadas na web que seguen xurdindo e engadíndome ao meu kit de ferramentas. Eu uso Google Docs como tolo e para alguén que usa 3-4 ordenadores diferentes nun só día, é un salvavidas.

    Non obstante, cada vez que comezo a empregar un novo servizo baseado na web, sempre hai unha pequena voz no fondo da miña cabeza que me molesta nun momento. Ese punto é que cando perdo a miña conexión a Internet, perdo o acceso a todos os meus documentos de Google, a miña base de datos de facturas do cliente, o meu correo electrónico, a miña mensaxería instantánea, as miñas innumerables fotos en Flickr, etc. etc.

    Este cambio cara ao software web fai que poñamos cada vez máis ovos nunha cesta. E despois atamos unha longa corda a esa cesta e lanzámola ao espazo. Mentres a corda estea conectada, todo é doce. Pero cando esa corda desapareza, tamén podo estar sen poder.

    Supoño que o meu punto aquí é que, para que o software web poida despegar, precisamos un acceso máis fiable, omnipresente e redundante a internet. E ter un navegador web no teléfono non é o mesmo. Por suposto, podo conectar o meu portátil ao teléfono móbil de Verizon e navegar, pero se supero un determinado ancho de banda ou límite de descarga nun só mes, arrinco. Non necesito ese tipo de estrés.

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