(July 13, 2004)
If you want to invest an hour or two and follow this thing all the way through, and you're interested in this sort of thing, I think you'll find it a pleasant hour or two to read all these, one after the other.
I'd be interested to hear if there are more simlarly enlightening and well-written links to insert into this thread. Let me know if you find any.
Ray Ozzie - 640KB ought to be enough for anyone
David Stutz - The Natural History of Software Platforms
David links to Butler Lampson's PowerPoint presentation on components and it is worth a digression later on, if you're into software architecture. If you don't have a PowerPoint viewer you can get one for Windows here or Mac - sorry, classic only - here; if you need one for Linux I'm sure you don't need me to help you find it. :-)
Ray Ozzie - untitled
Paul Graham - the other road ahead
Joel Spolsky - How Microsoft Lost the API War
Phil Wainewright - Avalon: Microsoft's microchannel
His much older XML is to Microsoft as PC was to IBM is also a good read.
Patrick Logan - Missing the Inflection Point
Wesner Moise - Missing the Inflection Point
Patrick Logan - Microsoft has chosen their own inflection point
James Robertson- Whither the Win API?
Robert McLaws - Seven Reasons Why the API War is Not Lost After All
Adventures in Home Working - Rich Versus Reach - my perspective
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