So when InfoWorld decided to create a lightweight front end for the Windows Sentinel performance-monitoring agents developed by our Enterprise Desktop blogger Randall C. Kennedy, I probably wasn't the safe choice to do the development work. But if you believe in the Web 2.0 promise that business analysts can do lightweight development, then I was the perfect test.
Well, the proof is in the pudding. You can see the results of my work (though vetted and tightened by our Web development team) at our beta Windows Sentinel page. The page is nothing special; it does what Web pages have done for years. But what is new is the creation of mobile and desktop widget components. Here's how they came to be.
Building for mobile Web 2.0
But I had recently bought an iPod Touch and was enamored with its ability to deliver much of the real Web in a handheld form factor. No less-than-Web technologies like WML there -- call it mobile Web 2.0.