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DaveNet: What does the Google API mean for regular folks? 

Survey: Is the Google API useful? 

Google glue for: PHP, Ruby, C++, Tcl, Movable Type. More here

Slashdot, Metafilter threads for the Google API release. 

Congrats to Dan Gillmor on winning the EFF Pioneer award. 

JD Lasica: The Rise of Digital News Networks. Very interesting article. Note that the NY Times is going the other way. Instead of concentrating all their content in a common Web interface, they are distributing it through many. 

Michael Calore: Getting Paid on the Internet

Brent Simmons has a Macintosh news RSS feed

Novell now has a white-on-orange XML button on its Cool Solutions home page.  

Kevin Werbach: "Web services, Weblogs and WiFi are the new WWW." In a few months I think Kevin will add outliners and OPML to his list.  

A mock press release from November 2001. "It just works, not much more to say," he concluded. 

Tiny Tim would have been 70 today.Doc trashed Oddpost for being MSI5/Win only. Doug Hacker kicks back and speaks for me. Pushing the envelope is great no matter what. In the past, users, esp Mac users, have pushed this button too quickly. If a breakthrough happens and users flock to Oddpost, that's good. I see Mac users these days getting lots of stuff that Windows users don't have (I use Windows) and that's cool too. 

A new Manila macro makes it easy to include News Items on any page in your site. 

ZapThink: "So, what happened to Sun? How did they fall from Java industry leader to Web Services also-ran? And what can they do to get back into the battle?" 

I was about to add a pointer to a must-read ZDNet article about IBM and Microsoft and how they plan to hijack the Internet with patents on SOAP, WSDL and UDDI, when the funniest thing happened. Praise Murphy! 

A picture named amet.gifIn all seriousness, there was a major flamewar on the W3C mail list late last year about some patent in SOAP-land, they never disclosed whose patent it was, but someone appeared to be claiming that they owned some key "web services" technology, and apparently wasn't willing to let other people use it. Reading the tea leaves it seemed it was IBM and the subject was WSDL. The W3C, imho, should have summarily thrown out whoever it was, instead it appears from an outsider pov that they accomodated the abuser. Anyway what do I know. They didn't tell me anything. Then some open source sock puppets who work for BigCo's seized the mike and started speaking for all independent developers, and that was the end of that. This was shortly after Sept 11, just as we were all trying to get back to work. Pretty tasteless.  

Dan was probably just being thoughtless 

From the With-Friends-Like-That-Who-Needs-Enemies Dept, Dan Shafer emits: "If you're not Microsoft or maybe IBM/Sun with Java, development tool makers don't stand a chance against good Open Source projects."

I think we're learning is that it's better if open source and commercial developers work together, Dan. But big lies die hard. The myth that open source wipes out all that comes before it except the BigCo's robs the users of any hope of new user-oriented software. Think about whether or not you want to do that. The world never changed the way the hype said it did. Developers need money to live. If you want good software, you're going to pay for it, one way or the other, sooner or later. A lot of developers are out of work now, perhaps some of them would have jobs if it weren't for this foolishness.

Imho, a fundamental rule of evangelism. So many people praise the efforts of software developers by trashing their competitors. You don't have to do it. PythonCard can be excellent without its competitors being trash.

BTW, I'm sure Revolution, a commercial product that Dan says is a goner, has plenty to offer that the open source PythonCard doesn't, and vice versa. What a priviledge to have two excellent products to choose from, from developers who really care about quality and empowering users.

Early morning notes 

Good morning sports fans!

A late night edition of Scripting News focusing on the mind bending mind bombs from the mind of Simon Fell. I don't know what kind of coffee he's been drinking but I want some.

First thing I noticed is that Simon has figured out how to get Microsoft Word to post to Radio weblogs. Wow. That's a pretty good writing tool I hear. It's got a spell checker. He did it by wiring up Radio's support for the Blogger API to our SOAP gateway, and then calls it via VBScript and PocketSOAP. We should make it so the Blogger API is automatically connected via SOAP. No reason not to.

But wait, there's more. He wired up Microsoft's Visual Studio to the Google API. The insanity continues. In his Samples Gallery he has glue that connects Visual Basic to the Google API. Yup it seems like SOAP is alive and kickin over in SimonFellLand. Bravo!

Manila and the Google Box 

In the rush of excitement over the Google API release yesterday, it wasn't clear how one Manila server could handle multiple users making requests given the 1000 per key per day limit. Then it hit me driving home from dinner. Add an optional parameter to allowing you to specify a key. Then each author could manage his or her own limit. Then the only thing that would be needed is for the sysop of the server to make the macro legal. This is going to require a change to our implementation of the Google API, not something I want to attempt at 1AM. But for Manila users, I think we have the answer.

Another engineer joke 

Two engineering students were walking across campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?" The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want." "The second engineer nodded approvingly, "Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn't have fit."


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