The next step for computing is to move out from the computers. Every device has the potential to become network-connected, delivering information to or from a web service. The mobile phones in our pockets also let us take apps and network service with us wherever we go. Early hackers are building in this space. Big challenges include: take products to the masses and the environmental impacts. We’re at early stages yet, but the room for expansion is huge. Projects to watch include Nokia’s reinvention as services company, iPhone, and Google’s Android platform.
The growing role of software architects: “Architecture has become much more interesting now because it’s become more encompassing," says Neal Ford, software architect and meme wrangler at ThoughtWorks.
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