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The story of the web is a story about freedom. It's a story about information, about breaking down barriers, about creating new ways for people to communicate, to collaborate, and to share their ideas.
It's also a story of optimistic deadlines, broken platforms, strategic U-turns - and some of the silliest ideas anybody has ever had in the history of technology. The modern web is the result of 25 years of decisions, deadlines, mergers, acquisitions... of programming decisions that made sense at the time (and a few that didn't). A story of luck, serendipity, coincidence, and those tiny turning points, the 'butterfly effect' moments where a single event could have resulted in everything being very, very different.
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Dylan Beattie is a systems architect and software developer, who has built everything from tiny standalone websites to large-scale distributed systems. By day, he’s the systems architect at Spotlight (www.spotlight.com), where he works on HTTP APIs, distributed systems, and the architectural challenges of delivering cutting-edge online services in a company with nearly ninety years of legacy. He’s been working with Spotlight since 2000, and his first-hand experience of watching an organisation - and their code - evolving over more than a decade has given him a unique insight into how API design, distributed systems, Conway's Law, working with legacy systems, and recruitment can all influence a company’s products and culture. Alongside his work at Spotlight, Dylan is actively involved in the software development community. He’s involved in running the FullStack and Progressive.NET conferences, and frequently speaks at conferences in the UK and around Europe about software architecture and development culture.