Joshua Schachter presented at the The Future of Web Apps summit in London this week and both Peter Cooper & Simon Willison have posted some excellent notes from that session.
The key findings from these notes for me are:
- Keep URLs simple. Leave all the framework invisible, it doesn't help the user, keep URLs clean. "Nobody cares" about complex URLs.
- Some latency in the system is OK - work out where you have leeway, e.g. RSS
feeds can fall a few minutes behind without anyone minding.
- Keep API simple - REST, etc.
- When people ask for features, get to the bottom of why they are asking for
that exact thing. Solve the problem, rather than doing exactly what your asked
- The features you put in are as important as the ones you leave out.
- Don't waste time building features nobody uses.
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