I’m totally two months behind with this news, but I noticed today that Joyent’s Smart Platform was Brian LeRoux‘s top pick at JSConf back in May. This, coupled with poking from Joyent-er Jim Pick and his response to the Ajaxian coverage of AppJet’s closure, encouraged me to sign up to the Smart Platform beta today.
In fact that last one – mini web-services – is the crux of what I’m getting at here: programming doesn’t have to be about applications, it can be tiny web services that do something for you that you’ve cloned from someone else and tweaked until it works.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I will pay for what AppJet were providing. People will pay for what AppJet were providing. If you can’t get a squillion to provide this platform for free, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t provide it for a charge. I’ll be your first customer.