Do you remember the story of Viaweb, Paul Graham’s creation? It was a website which allowed people to quickly and easily create online stores. It was written using the programming language LISP, which was kind of unusual and very cool. Take a look at Viaweb’s original site, courtesy of archive.org. That was 1996.
Fast forward to 2006. There is a newcomer to the web, called Shopify. It is a website which allows people to quickly and easily create online stores. It is written using the programming language Ruby, which is kind of unusual and very cool. Sound familiar?
What’s next? Well, I’ll tell you. I bet Shopify will be sold to an Internet giant in 2008 (Viaweb was sold to Yahoo in 1998), perhaps Google this time. And in 2016, there will be a new website, written in another uncommon language, which will allow people to quickly and easily create online stores. What will it be called?