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Situated Software

Clay Shirky, Mar 31, 2004

Situated software, according to this article, "is designed for use by a specific social group, rather than for a generic set of 'users'." It can be contrasted with "web software", which is intended to serve very large user groups. The advantage of situated software is that it is easier to create more and more varied applications. "We've been killing conversations about software with 'That won't scale' for so long we've forgotten that scaling problems aren't inherently fatal. The N-squared problem is only a problem if N is large." Good discussion, with some ointeresting examples, including the fun "Teachers on the Run" program.

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