Archive for May 2007

Why blogging is important

2007/05/31

Joel Oleson is suffering if you do not blog ! Sounds strange ? Read the article Join the SharePoint Blogging Revolution!
at http://blogs.msdn.com/joelo/archive/2007/05/25/you-don-t-blog-i-m-suffering-because-you-don-t-blog.aspx

He makes several very good points – which have very little to do with Sharepoint – but I think the best one is helping the “organic indexing” of the Web space and helping the search engines out there better rank content. I wrote about this while ago.

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Reading blogs and feeds offline

2007/05/30

It happened! After starting my preferred feed aggregator – Google Reader I have noticed the new feature that sounded so good that I almost could not believe it: offline reading. Using new plugin – Google Gears, the reader can cache 2000 items locally and allows you to go offline and read the news, blogs or whatever you have subscribed to absolutely anywhere.

The installation starts with this screen:

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and goes on with this:

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After browser restart, all magic is hidden under small greenish button next to Settings:

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Pressing the button downloads the 2000 items. The download is very fast, on cable modem it takes about 10-15 seconds.

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After download, you can disconnect the cable, switch off the wireless – or whatever you do – and take your latest and greatest blogs and news wherever you want. Here is the link to the “official” blog announcement.
Thanks, Google – this is great feature !

Quote of the day (Martin Fowler)

2007/05/29

“Corporate IT is dominated by bloatware. Time and time again we have to deal with expensive software purchased on golf-courses that just get in our way while sucking funds and development hours. Technologies that make it harder
for programmers to do what they like to do best – make a difference for the businesses they are supporting. “

Martin Fowler

BOTD (blog of the day): Frans Bouma's Blog

2007/05/28

A brief look at my Google Reader subscription list made me aware that I have added to my reading list a loooot of blogs, newslist and so on. Unfortunately, they are not organized very well and should be properly placed into folders. In a process of doing that, I will put some of the interesting blogs here.

For today, it is Frans Bouma’s blog – focusing on .NET and Microsoft technology platforms. From the most recent good articles, look at why API’s should not be designed by scientists – discussing and comparing various ways how the database level paging is handled in various databases (MySQL, PostgreSql, DB2, Oracle, SS2005), or read Frans’ comments on Entity Framework being cut from .NET 3.5 – which is sad, but IMHO fairly accurate summary of the recent development. See for yourself.

Online diagram drawing tool

2007/05/27

Flash based, allowing create simple structures like graphs, org-charts, system diagrams. Diagrams can be exported to XML and saved locally – or converted to JPG or PNG on-line. Nice Web2-ish look and feel.

See bubbl.us for more.

New version of Del.icio.us extension for Firefox

2007/05/25

Wonderful thing about Firefox extensions is the autoupdate feature. Go to Tools->Extensions, select Find update and for all installed extensions you get the latest and greatest …. usually.

One extension where the update did not work was the Del.icio.us button for Firefox. I was happily using version 1.2 of the plugin and would never found out about the update, if I had not set the new workstation. The latest version 1.5.29 did not show in the updates. Which is too bad, because it is so much better …

New extension gives you new menu item and sidebar, with two panels: tags and bookmarks. The tags are interconnected, for example, if you have bookmark tagged as ‘3d’ as well as ‘animation’, you will see animation as child of 3d tag as well as 3d as child of animation. Tags can be sorted by alphabet or by frequency, bookmarks by last added, site, most visited, last visited.

Complete tutorial is here. If you are still using the previous version, go ahead and upgrade – by uninstalling the old version and installing new from here. It is absolutely worth it.

DHH on RIA

2007/05/24

DHH is (obviously) David Heinemeier Hansson (the creator of Rails) and RIA (in this context) means Rich Internet Applications. And here is the quote:

I think there’s always room for new ideas, but I don’t think that the whole fuss that’s currently going on about RIA, rich Internet applications, is justified. I think we’ve been through this cycle so many times before that it in some ways amazes me how history seems to be ignored. We went through this with Java applets, they were going to rule the Web. Everything was going to be in a Java applet. HTML and CSS is history. And Flash came around, and Flash started focusing on applications. Now Flash is going to rule the Web and HTML and so on is yesterday. Now, Silverlight, Apollo, JavaFX, they’re all bidding to take over the JavaScript, HTML and CSS [spaces], and I just don’t buy it. I don’t buy that developers by and large are going to jump into a proprietary technology and replace what HTML and CSS has given them.

Read the full interview here