Tuesday, 7 February 2006
Given the current bent of O’Reilly conferences — speed dating for VCs and their willing prey — this is a pretty sure sign that we’re going to see another startup
This isn’t the first time this topic has been broached, of course, but we haven’t seen too many serious efforts at it. Adam Bosworth noodled on the topic back when we both worked at BEA, but it never really went anywhere (unless he’s deep in the bowels of Google toiling away on it still).
I’d love to see something in this space, and wanted it for a long time, but I’m concerned by the tone of those session write-ups. It looks like they’re doing their best to disassociate, abstract out and generally ignore the Web in the process. Please tell me if I’m wrong.
Back when Adam blogged it, I think we convinced him that a RESTful approach would be simplest and most successful. Ideally, I’d like to see offline operation as just an extension of the HTTP caching model. That way, you don’t have to buy into someone’s application framework to get offline; you just have to get the user to upgrade their browser.
Am I crazy? Anybody want to help give it a kick? It’s OK to say “yes” to both questions.