Today's song: Lean on Me. "So just call on me brother, when you need a hand. We all need somebody to lean on. I just might have a problem that you'd understand. We all need somebody to lean on."
DJ Adams has an implementation of Jabber-RPC in Perl. Bing!
Jeffrey Czerniak has AppleScript connecting to Blogger.
Simon Kittle did a Live Journal version of the Blogger API.
On this day two years ago Blogger launched. Still excellent!
This morning there's a new method in the Blogger API, blogger.getRecentPosts.
Updated: Connecting with Blogger. Added glue to connect to blogger.getRecentPosts.
Announcement on the XML-RPC list of work on Jabber-RPC.
USA Today: "Cash-strapped Exodus Communications said Wednesday that it is open to takeover offers after three board members abruptly quit the Web-hosting pioneer for 'personal reasons.'"
My Jabber handle is firstname.lastname@example.org. But please don't use it unless it's absolutely necessary. I'm still not an IM guy. I'm going to use this account for testing of software that communicates over the Jabber network.
WebReference: Hiermenus Go Forth XXII.
RESTwiki: "Are you using XML-RPC or SOAP (in an RPC way), and wonder how you might use REST instead?"
Microsoft's domination of the Web
Nick Denton: "Microsoft's domination of the web has become first inevitable and, now, even convenient. Critics such as Dave Winer, an independent software developer and the opinionated author of the Scripting.com website, are isolated. And pragmatists, such as myself, have learned to love Microsoft."
He goes on to say "Microsoft has long had a hostile relationship with independent developers" -- which is true. And Nick, people wrote articles like yours about IBM as the Apple II and Visicalc were coming in the back door. Yes, Microsoft kicked Netscape's butt, but that was easy since Netscape went it alone. Today there are a lot more programmers outside of Microsoft than inside.
Internet.Com: Microsoft Supported by Dead People.
PS: Thanks to the Guardian for the link!
PPS: It's darkest before dawn.
I finished the book on the flu epidemic of 1918. Learned something important. Before the mid-1800s death was far more commonplace. Epidemics would sweep through cities, often wiping out half the population. New people would come from the countryside to take their place.
The idea of a "living room" is relatively new too. Reader's Digest suggested that we rename our parlors, which were used to display the dead before burial, to give it a new purpose -- for the living. If I had been around in those days, running a weblog, I would have supported this idea.
So how to apply this idea at the dawn of the 21st century? Instead of thinking of independent developers as dead, we could think of them as living. We might get some new software that way. (We would, because it already exists, people just have to open their eyes.)
Back to Nick, he says Microsoft is the driving force behind Web services. Wrong. Scripting News has facilitated far more open, deployed, and public web services than all the BigCo's combined. It will always be that way because this technology is about choice, not lock-in. No matter how hard they try, unless Microsoft gets behind developer freedom in a serious way, they have as little chance of gaining traction with developers as IBM did with the Micro Channel Architecture.
6/6/01: "We simply didn't understand what they were talking about."
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