Archive for February, 2005

Jesse James Garrett: "Ajax [a shorthand for Asynchronous JavaScript + XML] isn’t a technology. It’s really several technologies, each flourishing in its own right, coming together in powerful new ways. Ajax incorporates: standards-based presentation using XHTML and CSS; dynamic display and interaction using the Document Object Model; data interchange and manipulation using XML and XSLT; […]

Infoworld : "eBay this week is expanding its developers program, providing a single API schema to link to the e-commerce vendor’s site and adding other resources. The eBay Developers Program allows for development of third-party front ends to the eBay e-commerce site. The program has spawned more than 1,000 applications and 15,000 members who generate […]

Erik Benson: "I’m getting off my butt and putting together some web services for 43 Things, and I’ll hopefully have something to show by the [Web Service Mashup at the Emerging Technology Conference]. Thinking about it this week, I think I’m just going to build a REST API, and pass on the SOAP and XML-RPC […]

Joel Webber: "Clearly, you can’t ‘submit’ the entire page, because that would destroy your map and other context. Google’s solution is to submit a hidden IFrame, then gather the search results from it. Let’s say, for example, that you simply wanted to go to Atlanta. […] This HTML is loaded into the hidden IFrame which, […]

Philip Bogle: "Suppose you have compiled a list of the 20 best sources of reviews on the web, and you want to leverage Google’s full text index to search these [through its API]. This isn’t possible to do, because Google allows only a single "site:" specified in a query. Suppose you have structured data about […]

Direction Maps: "But the challenge was to combine the data in such a way to make not only good looking maps, but ones that made sense. Mr. Tait said, “We always started with the data and often had two interesting variables or two variations of a single variable (density and number of or per capita […]

I had missed the tempest in a teapot between Jot and SocialText, but whil catching up with these old news I found this mouthful from Jonathan D. Nolen: "What it comes down to for me as a customer, really, is this: I don’t just want open source code. I want a partnership with an open […]

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This personal blog mixes my thoughts and interests on politics, business, publishing, software, and more. Over the years I have posted items that turned out spectacularly wrong, and a few posts that better stood the test of time.



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