What is a platform?



  • Very, very relevant writeup on what makes a platform, by Akshay.

    https://medium.com/@ak/what-is-a-platform-7550209bbca



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  • @khitchdee said:

    I think of a platform as an abstraction of a system level service.
    Could be software, could be hardware.
    The abstraction hides the details so your view into the system is pretty simple.

    Bang-on accurate there. For instance, if I look at BigML, it's essentially just a massive cluster running random forest algorithms, with a nice API that I can use without worrying about the cluster or the algorithm.



  • On the same note, I'd add that Helpchat just opened up its API for businesses. Why do I keep thinking of natural language platforms every time someone talks about chat?

    *cough Hubot *cough



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  • That's the one. They're in the news today for the API launch.



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