Our special guest is the developer of the Readability plug-in, Richard Ziade. He’s a partner in arc90, a strategic consulting and software development firm. Recently, his product was in the news because Apple’s Safari browser incorporated it, as Dave explained in a post at scripting.com. (It would be a good idea to read that post before listening.)
Dave and Jay talked to Rich about…
* how he got the idea for Readability and why he decided to make it free;
* what starting where the users start really means for a product like this;
* what he thinks about the criticism that his product strips the ads out and so upends the economics of publishing;
* the “emotional, passionate” reactions many users have had to the Readability product;
* what Apple may be up to by incorporating Readability into Safari 5;
* how we can have both the programming advantages of the iPad and iPhone (iOS, as Apple calls it) and the networked advantages of the open web;
* what a “high level programming environment” is (Jay’s question to Dave after he used that term.)
* how as software develops certain things get thrown out even though they were valuable and worked quite well
* the dangerous moment we’re in where we may lose the possibility that the best journalism will be available to the broadest possible public.
Here’s the show; we hope you like it.