Opera Unite

Opera Unite is the “big” feature of Opera 10. The idea is simple: it lets anyone browsing the web simultaneously act as a web server, if they want to, with a fairly neat (JavaScript-based) development model.

I don’t really think the idea has legs — it seems a bit like Facebook but with the disadvantage of your point of presence disappearing when your computer is offline. And if you really want to have a website… get a website.

The one nice takeaway idea is that JavaScript is a great choice for a server-side scripting language. It would be nice if it were a viable alternative (to PHP, Perl, and Python).

  • I agree on Opera. I’m not sure it’s much more than a live and less convenient mash up of del.icio.us and a blog.

    I haven’t explored it fully, but hey. Links are free:

    http://www.mozilla.org/rhino/

  • Here’s a considerably more thorough and hostile take on it from Chris Messina:

    http://factoryjoe.com/blog/2009/06/16/thoughts-on-opera-unite/

    The real problem of course is that no matter how good it is (and, really, it’s not that great — see the link above) it’s Opera… Who cares what Opera does these days given they’ve lost the standards, performance, and mindshare wars to Webkit and Mozilla.