What is it that makes the web so great?

Linking. What is it that silos will not do.

Same thing.


… Here’s the problem. Linking hasn’t gotten an upgrade in many years.That’s not to say an upgrade isn’t possible, it is. But it takes two (or more) to make it happen. I can’t link to anything in a new way if it isn’t ready to be linked to in that way. And what we need for that to happen is collaboration. 

The web can overpower silos if…

Very good. So what kinds of upgrade to the linking standards / practices?

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For a while I’ve thought Dave Winer’s What’s Like RSS? question needed to be developed further.

Perhaps some kind of outline / catalogue of open formats that are well-established, have no “owner” but multiple existing stake-holders, and are unlikely to change at any time in the near future.

Anyway, I thought one should exist, so here’s the first draft up on GitHub … for anyone who wants to add to it.

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Source: Are You Affected By WordPress Calypso? | PJ Brunet | LinkedIn

Brunet thinks it’s not going to affect free WP users. Maybe.

What would, I think, be a radical move, would be to recreate the PHP model with node.js.

That is, rather like VB.NET embedded VB and JSP embedded Java in HTML templates, to have a simple persistent node server, loading up Javascript embedded within HTML pages. Purists would gag, of course, at violating the separation of concerns, but this would make it MUCH easier for people to port their PHP applications over to a node world.

Perhaps someone like Zend should be leading this. A next-generation, node-based server, which allowed embedded javascript as an alternative to PHP at the back-end.

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Did WordPress just translate itself to node.js?

Big question, will they also open-source this code-base for users to host on their own sites? If so, this is probably the beginning of the end for PHP? WP is certainly the only PHP application I run. And probably the most widely used PHP program in the wild. (Not counting FB here.)

If they aren’t going to open-source it, is this the beginning of the end for WordPress as the world’s most popular Open Source social-software? Is WordPress.com going to try to turn itself into a more closed, “gated” community? With new features only available to users hosting within it? Is it going to become more like Tumblr … or Medium or even FB?

Update : It’s all open-sourced.

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Interesting to go back to Stevey’s Blog Rant from 2006.

Quite perceptive … the ascendent Lisps today, at least the ones that have caught my attention, are Clojure and Racket. Neither of which really existed at the time he was writing (although Racket’s ancestor, Dr. Scheme did). Both of which do, indeed, have offered a layer of practicality and accessibility that perhaps other Lisps of the time lacked.

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Here’s a thought. Wouldn’t it be awesome if editors / environments that could open multiple windows / tabs could have a “stack” semantics for it.

I mean in browsers, the terminal application etc. It would be great when I have something new to do to be able to open a new environment / tab to do the new thing, have it replace the existing one (rather than have 20 open at the same time) but when I finish, be able to fall back to the previous state / history etc.

Actually, maybe this is more or less how screen works. Still it would be useful in other places, eg. the browser.