I'm familiar with O'Reily's coining of the term--and the spirit he coined it in is good. Unfortunately, the web 2.0 movement I see most commonly is nothing more than a certain homogeny that allows the developers to leverage/harness the momentum of a certain demographic--a demographic of bloodhounds who howl and pursue ravenously anything with "Web 2.0" in its nomenclature. If you had no self-respect and really wanted to grow donation coder, all you'd have to do is overlay this website with that special, bubbled shiny "2.0" aesthetic, throw in some stripes, and sub-title this website. "Donation Coder -- The Web 2.0 Software Distribution Model" and the hounds would come.
How is a stripe not just part of, but the definitive tool of "Web 2.0 is the business revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the internet as platform, and an attempt to understand the rules for success on that new platform." -- unless rules for success include/are equal to . . . stripes. I agree with you, Mouser, that some things are taken for granted. Some things should be taken for granted! A stripe generator is a novel tool with a very limited application. I am not saying it shouldn't be created. I'm saying that it shouldn't be over emphasized. The problem isn't that there is a stripe generator, the problem is that there is a stripe generator--and a slew of other web apps--that compensate for their underwhelming feature set and limited scope by claiming to be web 2.0. If your application can't excite end users on its own, label it web 2.0. After all, if someone doesn't "get" an app dubbed Web 2.0, it's not because the App is underwhelming or poorly conceived. It's because they don't get Web 2.0.
In all fairness--Forgetting it thinks it's web 2.0's definitive tool
, I'd review it as such:
The Stripe generator does precisely as its name implies. It generates stripes. If you want to generate a striped tile to use as a background for something, there's no better online application for it that I know of. You pick the colors, the line density and choose from 4 possible angles and your tile is generated on the fly. There are community features provided allowing stripe enthusiasts to share their designs and discover those created by others.
Here's my problem, though--the author of this application has not asked to be judged on the merits of his application alone. My problem isn't with the stripe generator, sure, it generates stripes. But since he has gone to all the trouble to label it the definitive web 2.0, I feel obligated to discuss it according to the promises inherently made by the author. With apology to those reading, my griping continues.
Consider this--nearly all "Web 2.0" calibre developers are first and foremost graphic designers who use the Internet as a vehicle for their skills in aesthetics. These graphic designers tools are capable of everything the stripe generator does--and can produce striped fills every bit as quickly. They also have far more control over the angles, line density, gradience and so on. They can create this locally, thereby removing the download step before they upload it to their server. Bottom line: The target audience for this elaborate stripe generator are the sniffers--those web 2.0 bloodhounds. I know, I'm a bigot--I vehemently despise leveraging indiscriminate, pop-culture sensational band wagons. Unfortunately, that's all web 2.0 means to me--which is to say it's a meaningless marketing gimmick deployed by web developers who are either not confident enough in their work or not creative enough to release an application on its own merits. Let the end users play with your masterpiece--and if they dub it web 2.0, wonderful--let the hounds come. But spare me the prescribed bewilderment. Let me decide whether or not stripes
are definitive web 2.0 tool
If, in speaking of web 2.0, a stripe generator meets the following criteria--I retract my rant.
serving to supply a final answer, solution, or evaluation and to end an unsettled unresolved condition
Web 2.0 is certainly "an unsettled, unresolved condition" -- but, please, are stripes the answer?