Tag Archives: web

A new Day

Well, that didn’t take long. The day after I posted it, I got an email from David Nüscheler, CTO at Day Software, asking if I’d be interested in working with them. Given that my friend and accidental mentor Roy works there, and that the company is obviously very clueful about the Web and open source,… Read More »

RIM doesn’t get the Web

It was about 2.5 years ago now, that I joined Research in Motion – makers of the Blackberry – for what turned out to be the shortest stint of my career. I was brought in as their “Web 2.0” guy, though as part of the standards organization rather than R&D (which should have been a… Read More »

Firefox 3 Beta 2: get it

If you’re a Firefox user (or any browser user for that matter), run, don’t walk, to download the latest Firefox 3 Beta. Damn, this thing is lean and mean. I’ve got my usual 40-50 tabs open right now and it’s consuming about one third to one quarter of the memory FF2 did on WinXP. Plus… Read More »

Embedded Google maps: more opacity

I think Google really missed the mark with its attempt at embeddable maps. I suppose something is better than nothing for the myriads of folks who want this functionality, but when a simpler, less opaque solution (read; declarative), GMapEZ, has existed for ages, you have to wonder what Google were thinking. The blob of HTML… Read More »

REST as a long bet?

I have to say, I’m with James in his response to Sam’s long bets; To say, as Sam and Tim both do, that REST is important is like saying the fan in my laptop is “important”. There’s really nothing to discuss about it. RESTful services are fundamentally critical to the continued evolution of the Web.… Read More »

What next?

Elias has noticed that my blog has fallen silent recently, and suggests that REST’s victory over WS-* has something to do with it. He’s right. I haven’t had much contract work the past few weeks, but have been helping a couple of startups. But the main reason I don’t blog is that my curmudgeonly style… Read More »

How not to bridge XMPP and HTTP

BOSH is a specification that defines how XMPP can be used over HTTP. It’s obviously written by people who know what they’re talking about, because they’ve got good requirements, and get into great detail about the design choices they’ve made. Unfortunately, BOSH makes the one big mistake that so many others make; treating HTTP as… Read More »

Nouns, verbs, oh my!

It’s nice to see Pat Helland join the REST/SOA conversation. His first post is in a rather quisical, loose style that I hadn’t seen before, but that’s ok, I think I get what he’s talking about. The point seems to be summed up here; Is the purchase-order (or even the line-item) a noun or a… Read More »

Best viewed in Apollo

I made a comment on Pete Lacey’s latest in the “RIA” discussion that I wanted to reiterate here; how is that different than the bad old days when a site was developed for one particular browser?