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The stack isn’t just a handy concept for visualizing how technology works

The stack isn’t just a handy concept for visualizing how technology works. For many companies, the organizing logic of the software stack becomes inseparable from the logic of the business itself. The system that powers Snapchat, for instance, sits on top of App Engine, a service owned by Google; to the extent that Snapchat even exists as a service, it is as a stack of different elements. — New Technology Is Built on a ‘Stack.’ Is That the Best Way to Understand Everything Else, Too?
    Next → → Ten years before that, you wouldn’t have been asked about your stack at all — though an obnoxious time traveler from the Silicon Valley of 2017 might insist that a phone system, a parcel service and credit-card companies composed, more or less, a mail-order stack New Technology Is Built on a ‘Stack.’ Is That the Best Way to Understand Everything Else, Too ← Previous → In 1990, when computers were still merely in the process of taking over the world, John Daugman, a computer scientist and researcher at Harvard University, published an article titled “Brain Metaphor and Brain Theory,” noting a habit he had observed among his peers New Technology Is Built on a ‘Stack.’ Is That the Best Way to Understand Everything Else, Too
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