Google’s AppEngine as Hypercard 2.0

(found via reddit)

Google’s AppEngine is being compared to Amazon’s EC2/S3. … But rather than thinking of AppEngine as a step above EC2, instead I think of it somewhere around Myspace. … The thing about Hypercard was that it wasn’t just static text and images like base html. It had a scripting language, a database, and the Apple UI built-in, so you could create mini applications. It feels like the web has been trying to claw its way back to the simple utility of Hypercard ever since Mosaic. GeoCities was the first massive-uptake anyone-can-build-here website haven. But it was all static html.

I still remember Saturday mornings watching Stewart Cheiffet on PBS’s Computer Chronicles and them showing off how Hypercard worked.






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