In the evolution of the computer industry, we’ve had hardware - det nødvendige udstyr til at køre applikationerne. Og det havde vi software, de løsninger, der brugte disse ressourcer til at udføre det arbejde, vi kunne købe og installere fra forskellige medier. I dag kan du downloade softwaren uden medier.
To årtier af hardware og 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 har dette udtryk varemærkebeskyttet. Webware fungerer muligvis, men det ser ud som C | Net is using that. It looks as though browserware may be a possibility – but it’s an extra syllable.
Hvorfor ikke webware?
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 netværksdrev.
Even in business, it’s not necessary. When I started up Mindre Indiana for Pat Coyle, we didn’t go with a host. The application is built and hosted with Ning. Vi har alle domæneindstillingerne, der peger på Google Apps hvor vi kan bruge e-mail såvel som Google Docs. Ingen hardware, ingen software ... men webware.
Why don’t we call it Webware?