Showing posts from May, 2007

Google Apps to Operate Offline?

By the looks of things at Google, I'd guess that Google Gears is part of Google's plan to take their Google Apps offline.

Google Gears bundles SQLite, and provides strategies for syncing data back to the web server.

WADL Does Web Application Service Description Restfully

wadl is the Web Application Description Language, which is an XML specification to describe RESTful web services. Seeing as the current version of the spec is a mere 31 pages, I am excited to see this move forward. Many people would consider the lack of a description specification from REST web services a set back, so having a simple spec like WADL can be used to help the converts. I can see a future version of Rails generating WADL documents natively.

Comparing Rubyists to Java-ists

...Rubyists tend to function in evangelistic/defensive mode continuously compared to the Java tradition of intense self-criticism...

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RailsConf 07 Wrap Up

I'm back in Hawaii, having just returned from RailsConf07 in Portland. All in all it was a great time. CD Baby covered the conference fee and hotel room (at the Jupiter Hotel, very cool if you want a bar and night club just foot steps away) because I was a winner in the Rails Hackfest 2007 contest. So hat's off to CD Baby!

Some closing thoughts:

* As always, choose sessions based on the speaker, not the topic.
* The tutorial sessions, common with O'Reilly conferences, just don't seem to be worth it. They aren't enough like a true class to really learn anything, and four hours is quite a long time to listen to a presentation.
* The best session that I attended, was The Business of Rails. The session had a great line up, was not a technical session, had no slides, was full of great Q&A, and generally was full of interesting, candid, and honest information. (I think too many presenters rely on their slides too much.)
* The quality of the sessions was very mixed. …

Why Correct Web Architecture Matters

Patrick Mueller explores why twitter is slow. The answer? It turns out that Web Architecture actually matters. If you are writing a Web Application (yes, that's capital W and A), then you need to understand Web Architecture.

Hat's off to Tim Bray at today's Keynote at RailsConf to trumpeting Web Architecture and specifically the Atom Publishing Protocol as a great example of correct Web Architecture.

W3C Practicing What It Preaches

I was very happy to see that Tim Berners-Lee publishes the WWW2007 conference program as RDF. Albeit, a little late, but this exactly the type of grass roots raw RDF data generation we need to build out the semantic web. And who better to show us how it's done than the people who are preaching the semantic web?

Thanks, TBL! I'm hoping this kind of pragmatic data generation will show us A) it's not that hard and B) some best practices for putting real life data on the web as RDF.

The Two Magics of Web Science

Tim Berners-Lee is giving the keynote to WWW2007 titled The Two Magics of Web Science, which talks about linking data.

Ironically, that document doesn't link to any RDF documents.

links for 2007-05-05

I make music from your instructions. See Song 0257 "This Girl" as an example. Genius.
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Another Good Explanation of REST

Tim Bray writes a nice explanation of REST. I love collecting this stuff in order to convert ^H^H^H teach my friends all about the "yummy goodness" that is REST. And hey, any name that reminds me of naps has got to be good.

links for 2007-05-03

AJAX: Selecting the Framework that Fits
A comparison of three different AJAX libraries: Prototype/Scriptaculous, YUI, and Dojo. A sample app with two different features was built using each library.
(tags: ajaxhtml)