Beyond the stack

Mike Loukides, CyberAlert, May 30, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One of the interesting 'behind the scenes' things about the new MOOC platforms is the way they're built: distributed computing. Coursera, for example, relies on Amazon Web Services (AWS). EdX's default distribution also uses AWS. As tghe article states, "A new toolset has grown up to support the development of massively distributed applications. We call this new toolset the Distributed Developer’s Stack (DDS)." This article is a good overview of the new paradigm.

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