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Of course, TAPI still has a niche and is indeed embedded into many PC modems, but its track record against its original goals is, shall we say, modest. Some would say that it never saw the Internet coming. Of course, technology development is almost Darwinian in the way it casts off also-rans. VRML promised us the world and is much cooler than HTML; Microsoft’s Blackbird would give us our information superhighway; JSDT would revolutionize application collaboration; Network PCs, BeOS, BetaMax… With the Java Community Process starting approximately 150 Java API definitions now, it shouldn’t be surprising that not all of these will succeed. InfoBus 2.0, for instance, was withdrawn. Of course, success can be measured in different ways, and for some APIs even narrow adoption is appropriate. That said, some are bound to fail when judged against their original goals. Obvi... (more)