Well, maybe this was a case of the PR machine being too far out front
of the technical reality. But when I see a launch video and a list of
companies using OpenSocial, and TechCrunch reports on it so
positively, I figure it's ready for some action, not still under
> there will be differences between containers, but there will be a common
> base that is supported on all containers, some parts that are supported by
> most containers, and some extensions that are supported by only a single /
> couple of containers.
This scares me. Browser wars, anyone?
Without strong top-down control, containers will go off and extend
functionality in new ways for their users, just as IE did. And web
devs know how wonderfully that worked out for us. How many times do we
ask ourselves why code works in all browsers except IE? And how many
IE-specific fixes are there out there?
It's just surprising that a company would propose an inclusive, 'make
life easier for devs' product, and then not maintain the quality
control necessary to realize that goal.
Plus, it's in the container's long term interests to abide to a common
spec. A common spec is easier to develop to, which means more devs
will try it, which means containers will get more apps.