In 2007, Jeff Atwood made the quote that was popularly referred to as Atwood’s Law.
— Jeff Atwood, Author, Entrepreneur, Cofounder of StackOverflow
10 years ago:
When I first heard this, I felt Atwood’s law is a corollary of Murphy’s law.
“If anything can go wrong, it will.
10 years has passed. I believe he is more correct today than ever. Almost everything that used to be desktop only, are available in the web. At present the number of desktop apps created are reducing significantly. They are being replaced by Web version and smartphone Apps.
You can even build Desktop apps with Electron.
Browser and the Cloud:
You interact with the browser, some or most of the processing happens in the server.
- Store data in the server.
- Access from multiple devices.
- Safe from data corruption
- More secure than many individual’s desktops.
- Use any number of CPUs for processing
The rise of Chromebooks despite its limitations shows the power of this model.
- Write documents
- Create Presentations
- Track expenses
- Edit Photos and Videos
- Write Code
Almost everything is done in cloud through the Web or an App.
Unless you are a super-big company, you don’t own your servers. Many of the big companies today were small startups once. For them, cash is the king. No one wants to tie them up by buying servers that depreciate quickly.
The applications have browser or smartphone App that connects to the cloud.
Today, I think Atwood’s law should be rewritten as,
“Any application that can run in cloud, will eventually run in the cloud.”