Mark Nottingham, chair of the HTTP Working Group, asks the question What is the Web? As he mentions, this simple question has some complex and perhaps unexpected answers depending upon your perspective. A common approach would be to say that it has to be rooted in the Web browser, but that has some interesting consequences, not all of which are useful for non-browser stakeholders.
The Play 2.3 release increases modularization of the framework by separating parts from the framework. Also, the Play shell has been replaced by Activator, which includes a browser UI and project templates. InfoQ also talked to Play tech lead James Roper to learn more about the changes and futures plans.
Almost 7 years ago Tim Bray declared SOA dead and the future was Web Style. In a recent blog post Jean-Jacques Dubray looks back over the years and decides that Web Style hasn't worked and, given the plethora of non-Web Style services in the Programmable Web directory, is in fact itself dead. He also looks at what this means for computing and the future of application development.