DaveNet: Four Years of XML-RPC.
Mohsen Al-Ghosein: "Thank you for keeping the dream alive Dave." He's one of the designers of XML-RPC. If you like structs and arrays, thank Mohsen, not me. Thanks!
News.Com: Microsoft preps content locks for devices.
Dori Smith: "Who do I have to kill?"
You know spring is here when the wisteria blooms.
A really smart idea. A software company, Stone Design, starts a weblog to inform their users, and attract new ones.
Oddpost. How do they do that? Wow!
I had a great phone talk with Iain and Ethan at Oddpost. The connection between the server and the browser is in SOAP. The server is written in Python. I know it only runs in MSIE/Win, so here's a screen shot. It's not Java, it's DHTML, all done with divs and borders, according to Ethan. They came from HalfBrain, via Adobe. Of course I encouraged them to do a user interface for weblogs using the Blogger and MetaWeblog APIs. I also suggested they do a weblog because they're natural storytellers. Now something for their testimonials page. "It's really great to see software developers pushing the envelope for the pure fun of it. I totally look forward to their next innovation and the one after that."
JD Lasica: "The coming mobile revolution will require newsrooms to undergo a sea change in strategic thinking."
Tony Bowden comes from the world of Wiki, he spotted my invitation to work on OPML connections, yesterday. Let's get our software worlds to connect. Structures of written Web-accessible information is the common denominator. OPML is the connector.
On this day four years ago, without any fanfare, XML-RPC was unveiled on Scripting News. All the links are 404's, proving that even then, and at all times inbetween, Murphy ruled our world, and it's even worse than it appears. Still diggin!
On the other hand, who would have thought that a SmallCo that was producing commercial software for Mac and Windows could create something that would be so broadly supported and useful. At the time the conventional wisdom was that we were irrelevant because we didn't give away all our source and developed for a non-Sun platform. The religious issues faded, Java didn't suck the whole world behind its closed walls, programmers still want to be paid, and the Mac persists, as does Windows. UserLand is still here. Remember that the next time a craze sweeps the software world. It's sure to happen, as it's just as sure that success requires a good idea and persistence.
Another cherished belief that this explodes -- weblogs are useful. The secret to the success of both SOAP and XML-RPC is the weblog. Mail lists stop when someone posts a flame or a challenge from left field. Weblogs keep on truckin. For example, James Snell of IBM sneers at Sun for not joining the interop process. This makes me cringe. IBM didn't join the process (nor did the people he applauds) until long after it started. But the work can continue. It's just one blog. He can say whatever he wants, believe whatever he wants, and the work continues.
Norah Vincent: "Web logs are infuriating because they are thoughtful alternatives to the self-important New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and their toady satellites, much of whose reporting has become hardly less biased than the bloggers'. Bloggers at least have the honesty to admit their biases up front."
John Robb compares instant outlining and weblogs to email and instant messaging.
Russ Lipton explains what scripting is.
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