Monthly Archives: November 2003

Shirky on the Semantic Web

Here I was, working on a rambling retort to Clay, when Sam nails it; Two parts brilliance, one part strawman. Pity, actually, as I am sympathetic with the point that Clay is trying to make. Rest assured, this “problem” isn’t unknown to Semantic Web folk. It’s actually an official TAG issue, goes by the moniker… Read More »

Essential pictorial

Don’t get hung up on the “object” there; it’s a logical view. The picture is meant to capture the essence of what I see as the fundamental misunderstanding/mistake of Web services. This misunderstanding goes by several names; transport vs. transfer; transfer gets you all the way to the business logic, while transport only gets you… Read More »

What is XAML?

Don Box responds to Jon Udell regarding XAML. He writes; XAML is just an XML-based way to wire up CLR types – no more no less. That’s not how XAML comes off at all. In the examples, there are names such as “TextPanel” and “Heading” in the XAML namespace; those aren’t the sort of things… Read More »

Sitefinder and BCP 56

Over the weekend, I found a great article by Steve Loughran on the impact of Sitefinder on Web services tools. It’s very well written, and covers the entire space. I was particularly impressed by the indepth analysis of the issues regarding BCP 56 (aka RFC 3205) “On the use of HTTP as a Substrate”, which… Read More »

Norm’s Schema Riddle

Norm asks; Given a random XML document, one of the things you might want to know about it is, “What is an appropriate schema to apply”? Now, for DTDs, this is a simple question: look at the document type declaration. If it has one, the public and system identifiers will tell you what DTD to… Read More »

Amazon SOAP vs. REST in PHP

A good and seemingly fair comparison of different approaches to using Amazon Web services in PHP, via SOAP and REST. I’d previously heard Tim O’Reilly’s 85% number (relayed via Jeff Barr), but just learned of another interesting stat in that article; Amazon’s RESTful queries (via GET) are 6x faster than their non-RESTful ones (via POST).… Read More »