Chapter 7

Networking: When Things Get Connected

For most digital products, networking is a property that is almost as fundamental as computation. In fact, all the examples of interaction in the previous chapter relied on networking in some sense, whether it was between local handheld terminals or to an information server, such as the real-time weather or bus departure times. With large parts of our lives now lived on the Internet, today it is hard to imagine a computer or any other kind of digital product that does not include networking in some form.

But let us take a step back and examine this property of digital products on a more fundamental level. The fact is that networking is so powerful that a connection to a network might be enough to ...

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