The One Web !

In recent times there has been a lot of consolidation in the web world. A lot of work has been and is being done on collaboration and interoperability. Connected applications and social computing are the buzz words. The new Web or Web 2.0 as its being called is truly moving toward becomming one gigantic single Web.
MySpace and Facebook have done a lot in connecting people, Facebook API took it a step forward and it didn’t stop at that. The facebook tool kit for .NET developers added one more strand to the web and with OpenSocial the unification will be profound. A lot of new and innovative things are bringing the Web together.
Here is a small list I have come accross in recent times that have, or will change the face of the Web.
  • AJAX
    This beautiful cocktail of technologies has made user experience rich and a lot better.
  • Facebook API & .NET toolkit
    This has opened a whole new dimension to the facebook app development just because its so easy to use! With the vast developer base that .NET has and the new capabilities comming in, this will transform the already popular facebook experience.
  • Windows Live
    Its from Microsoft! Need I say more on how popular its going to be?  Its also brought in a lot of live gadgets and people on the spaces.
  • Google API
    From docs and spreadsheets to search and maps, google has it all.
  • Google gadgets
    Clocks are my favourite but there is a lot more to google gadgets
  • The OpenSocial API
    With MySpace & orkut on the band, this is gonna create waves.
  • Microsoft Popfly
    Mashups and much more to give a unique experience.
  • Mono
    Helped the cause of developers by bridging the Operating system divide.
  • Grasshopper
    The bug has made Java and Microsoft technologies more interoperable.
  • IIS 7.0
    With its support for PHP applications IIS 7.0 will go a long way in unifying the Web.

Brand New Day.. Brand New Year..

"Brand New Day  Brand New Year ..
Things do come and go from here.
There is hope and so is fear..
and lots of things that we hold dear.
Dreams are far yet so near..
and Life goes on without a tear."
Believe me the lines may not be great but the effort I put in to write that was real. It is really hard to concentrate on writing when every thing around is in a party mood.
The nice loud music, the bright fire works, the half moon in the bright night sky, people screaming and dancing wild. An year has come to an end and a new one has begun. People are partying hard, celebratiing in a million different ways, each wishing the others A happy new year.
What is this celebration for ? Why this hysteria? Is this because something bad has ended? Definetely not! We had the same frenzy last year too.
Is it because something good is gonna happen? Can’t say that either. Its just another day, another brand new day. A brand new day filled with the eternal hope that something better is in store, the hope that our dreams will come true, the hope to find happiness. Hey wait! lets move back a little .. yes right there – the hope to find happiness – thats it! Thats exactly what the people are doing! finding happiness!! Happiness in singing, dancing and being with their loved ones, happiness in the bright lights and the music, happiness in the world around them! 
But alas what is it that I see? The search for happiness in the loud bursts of crackers, the search for happiness in the large pegs of drink and the subsequent racing through the roads. The search for happiness in the wild screaming and the drunken brawls. Is this really the happiness we are searching for?
Is it really worth the trouble for just another reason, just another day?  Question are many and the reasons just as many.
End of it all there is a  Brand New Day,  Brand New Year  and like the Linkin Park song goes "and in the end, it doesn’t even matter!!"
Happy New Year !!