O’Reilly’s 3rd pattern is entitled “Innovation in Assembly”, and what is meant by this is the web is no longer viewed as large blocks of information presented as a single (or multiple) web page(s). But rather as small streams of information that can be mixed together and reused to form alternate perspectives and even newer sources of information. The theory being
that if you publish the information from your website in small manageable streams, others can utilise these and apply them in newer and (ideally) more innovative ways.
Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox can be seen as the foundations of these platforms providing the functionality for platforms such as Amazon and EBay but are in fact themselves a platform. They both have an “Extensions” or “Addons” (respectively) concept which is a marketplace where third party developers have access to their APIs and have the (relative) freedom to create just about anything they want. Both are using multiple standard formats such as xml and RSS and both have made a sincere and sizeable effort to create a user community by providing support infrastructure complete with forums and gangloads of documentation. It’s not surprising either that their extensions/addons business models aren’t too dissimilar, are built on their core strengths and obviously utilise web 2.0 to support themselves.
Whilst both being at the frontier of web 2.0, and both having a very similar attitude towards 3rd party developers, the two organisations couldn’t be much further apart. Mozilla prides itself on being a non-profit organisation and Google is a 800USD+ per share multinational corporation that according to some need to do something about their “Horrible Public Image”. It is therefore quite shocking to learn that Mozilla is fundamentally kept alive by Google.
So it is quite clear that both Chrome and Firefox are innovators in assembly and both provide a foundation for further development well into the future. What’s your current choice of browser and has this altered your perceptions of either?
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