The experience of Jeff Barr, Amazon's Web services evangelist, shows how the IT industry usually manages to catch up with the hype it creates, even in the case of the Web.
Like many people, Barr sees the Web becoming a platform, allowing individual developers to take data from multiple sites to create fun new programs. In many ways, it's the promise of Web services finally delivered.
After Barr left Microsoft, he worked with a few venture capitalists around 2001 to talk about the future of Web services. The notion touted back then was that consumers and businesses would … Read more