Via Daring Fireball.
The impotance of this particular subject matter was what encouraged me to not put the whole shebang (with a headline like “I Am Absolutely Certain That This Site Will Consume The Rest Of Your Work Day”) on this entry’s title.
A big huge thank you to Coudal Partners.
In that they allow the user to get things done under one convenient roof, though at a price of moderate (read: less than great) features.
Coda doesn’t boast the most elaborate text/CSS editor, browser previewer, and Terminal interface in the market (though Transmit reigns over FTP,) but it allows to develop a web site/interface without resorting your thumb and ring-finger to the practice of fervent Apple-Tabbing—a dread to any developer.
The verdict: unlike what the Rieses had said for so many times, I still believe that a convergence product can succeed in the marketplace, but only under condition; that is, if the said product offers up a package that is more than the sum its parts. ‘Convenience’ is usually the unique factor here, although it’s hardly enough anymore—hence the failure of many convergence device.
But ‘elegance’ is an entirely another thing.
CODA doesn’t just edit CSS, write code, execute command lines and “do the Dreamweaver.” It allows you to streamline your work process (convenience) in an intuitive—not just logical—manner (elegance.)
iPhone is not just a phone, a multimedia player and a portable web browser all-in-one (convenience.) It’s a well-designed lifestyle suite (elegance.)
To put it in context, compare that fact with Blackberry, which in its own definition of ‘elegance’—believe it or not—had positioned themselves to be the business suite.
“I would like to propose the argument that the iPhone is revolutionary because of all the fighting it has caused. Blogs and forums have become battlefields, where comments are the blows and news reports are the propaganda machines.
I would also suggest that haters and fanboys are very similar, just fighting for their respective team. Individuals who dislike the iphone or even the hype surrounding it, still seem to find these forums compelling because they can argue their negative points with a willing audience to feed back into them. The irony is they need fans to supply them interaction. fanboys are similar because they see the same opportunity to argue a point they believe is valid and worth caring about.”
And yet I still sometimes quote from the famed Neowin! Oh, the irony.