Archive for January 2007
Update 3/31: Peter has a post which very nicely correlates with this. I suggest checking it out.
When you use someone else’s API you become a reseller. That is to say you provide distribution to their service. Most web services don’t have business models for their APIs because they don’t have reseller business models, yet.
This is just a very humble opinion, but I think the only serious way to make business out of mashups1 is for the mashed-up service(s) to provide affiliation features and give the ‘mashuppers’ a slice of the generated revenue. A mashupper — ie. ‘mashup provider’ — functions as a retailer for the service backend and thus earns a provision for the business created for the actual service provider. Although this affiliation aspect covers only a little part of the whole Internet
servicing service mediation ecosystem issue, I really believe it’s the most crucial. Yes, all the traditional stakeholders — like marketing and customer/developer support — are possible, but those are supplementary roles and not directly linked to business transactions. The beef is in the actual business service. (I guess this is obvious? Why the heck am I writing this post?)
For example, the Google’s search isn’t a business service (fortunately!), thus there would be little sense to provide a SOAP api for it.2 Unlikewise Amazon’s api, which produces hard cash for Amazon and so it’s feasible to provide affiliation3 for it; the same goes for eBay. And I wish there’ll be a lot more in the near future!
WS-Affiliation anyone? We don’t want a zillion proprietary affiliation mechanisms! (Naturally, the possible exception to the ‘we’ are the restafarians. God damn those short-sighted hippies!)
1) This (very short) post doesn’t concern SaaS or any other software business. This is about all kinds of consumer business services that are delivered—at least partially—through the internets.
2) Oh, lookie here: there’s still a SOAP api for AdSense. (Which was expected, of course.)
3) This is related to the Amazon E-Commerce Service.
Ok, my desk is in a production stage again after a successful—at least initially—relocation operation. That is, I’ve moved! My new home address is Kasarmikatu 1, (still) Helsinki. A nice little flat… Now I have some catching up to do. (3856 unread items (since Saturday), reports FeedDemon.) Omg that iPhone is awesome! I recommend watching the keynote. My current phone will be 1½ years old when it lands to Europe, so it’ll be a perfect time to upgrade…
Already the name ‘Scala with Sails’ made me smile. :)
Furthermore, it’d be awesome if we finally had a decent web presentation framework for JVM! (The UI layer has always been a bit of a problem for Java and it has caused much sour for the whole Java-technology itself.) I believe Sails would also be great promotion for Scala, as we can see what Rails made for Ruby.
Of course, now there’s also the JRoR (JRuby on Rails), which I guess is in a very similar position compared to SwS. But both Scala and JRuby are so fresh—especially the former—that any kind of comparison would be just utter speculation. And even two would still be much less than 44…
I wish the best of my luck for this project!
Ah, just occurred me that perhaps I should elaborate that Java-hyping of mine a little. But, alas, it reminded me about Scala and of course a comparison reveals a lot more about my valuations than what just defining the relationship with Java would. (Furthermore still, I’m sorry for not being much of a storyteller, so also this story won’t be too long.)
However, Scala seems just
insane very nice!
“There are several other languages that try to bridge the gap between the functional and object oriented paradigms. Smalltalk, Python, or Ruby come to mind. Unlike these languages, Scala has an advanced static type system, which contains several innovative constructs. This aspect makes the Scala definition a bit more complicated than those of the languages above. On the other hand, Scala enjoys the robustness, safety and scalability benefits of strong static typing. Furthermore, Scala incorporates recent advances in type inference, so that excessive type annotations in user programs can usually be avoided.”
— from ‘Scala Rationale’
That’s like a major *drool*! All the cool Java library & frameworks stuff and add a
complex powerful functional language on top of that! Fuck, yes!
Hmm, I guess I could retroactively instantiate yet-another-list-of-predictions-for-2007 with Scala becoming popular… At least I’ll definitely be evaluating it at the next possible instant.
She knows the time she sees the richard mille,
Flat double skeletal tourbillon
Its just like her body—move, it turns her on.
— Pharrell Williams in ‘Can I Have It Like That,’ 2005
Although Mr. Williams may consider the Milles as a ladies’ watch, I regard also the males’ range as pretty impressive. Though, Richard Mille doesn’t make exactly double tourbillon watches, but let’s just account that on artistic freedom.
However, my granny is still in a pretty strong shape and she’s also rather well behaving; would there be anyone kind enough to trade one of the Milles for her? Delivery included!
I don’t know about the smarts or power, but at least the vanity part may be somewhat correct…
You are Dr. Doom
|Blessed with smarts and power but burdened by vanity.