Forty years ago, a Canadian bank pioneered a brand new computer system that allowed non-programmers to help write code. The paradigm was so disruptive that it was ignored by computer scientists for decades. But as web apps get increasingly complex, and web devs become increasingly stressed out, "flow-based programming" may be raging back to life.
Two months ago, Netflix pulled the plug on its community features. Now, inspired by the gospel of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, the company is getting ready to dive into "social" again, but with a whole new mindset.
Facebook's Connect system, the unseen code that makes logging in to many other Web sites much easier, marches on—it's just reached MySpace for example. But Twitter isn't planning on being left out, and it's improving its own version.