Invisible Engines

Preface: Chinese Edition of Invisible Engines
The use of software platforms to drive innovation and transform industries has exploded in the four years since the publication of the English-language edition of Invisible Engines in 2006.

Chapter One: Invisible Engines
Many modern products run on software platforms. Car engines and navigation systems have one, as do jumbo jets and the handheld devices we use for emailing and organizing ourselves.

Chapter Two: Speaking in Code
Software platforms come in several varieties, depending on what the code does and where among the various computing devices it resides.

Chapter Three: Both Sides Now
Two features of the technology we described in the last chapter shape the economics of software platforms. Software platforms are a written product of the mind.