Serverless Apps

Jon Udell writes:

Bill Seitz alerted me to one of those footpaths the other day: Les Orchard’s S3-backed wiki. Outstandingly cool! For those who have not followed the various plot threads closely, this is an evolution of the idea of the serverless wiki. TiddlyWiki, which I’ve mentioned a couple of times, is a member of that species. It’s a single HTML “page” that implements wiki behavior in client-side JavaScript; you save your page to your local disk to record changes permanently.

Les has substituted Amazon’s S3 network storage for the local disk. It’s a wonderful hack that anticipates a whole new breed of highly-available serverless applications. When I first wrote about the concept of a SPADE (Single Page Application Development Environment) it seemed interesting but far-fetched. Backed by S3, though, it starts to look a whole lot more practical.

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