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Online! The Book by Wendy Taylor, Chris Pirillo, John C. Dvorak

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Molehills Out of Mountains

The current industry buzz is all about Web services, but they're really just an extension of the “managing code and content together” concept. Web services break traditionally big programs into manageable, usable pieces. They help transfer the responsibility for their management from the developers to the users.

Let's look at both sides of the house for a moment. When engineering teams build programs, they usually build very large programs. These applications are difficult to reuse. The APIs are incompatible, and the components have heavy interdependencies. The concept of reusable code is more dream than reality. (Not to mention the bigger fantasy, where “business managers” could make changes.) In the competitive business ...

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