This is an experiment in having somewhere to dump and comment on the various links I find during my daily research. It's also a place for me to outline features I think Sparza should implement, as well as just having small rambles on particular topics.As you can see, so far I'm in pure-data mode and I'll decorate later.
Other stuff on the to-do list:
Monday, March 26, 2001
Amazoning the News
It's generally agreed among most in the e-commerce world that Amazon is a pioneer in usable design, and their website is the high watermark against which other online shops are judged. But what if the famous Amazon design was applied to a completely different type of site? Amazoning The News takes the "storytelling" analogy used so often in commerce design and throws it around a bit. Well worth a look.
Thursday, March 22, 2001
mondo P2P projects
This Slashdot post has a nice big list of links to various P2P projects.
Wednesday, March 21, 2001
Want to learn to program? Here's a cute one-page tutorial that uses Python. Instant Hacking : Learn how to program with Python There's also an Instant Python tutorial too (looks like I'm collecting those...)
Tuesday, March 20, 2001
what URLs should look like
Kuro5hin has an interesting thought-provoker about the qualities of a good URL. I've thought about this one often, especially today since I'm analysing logs produced by Weblogic Commerce Server, and the URLs are very long and not very nice (but at least nicer than those produced by monstrosities like WebCrossing). The piece starts promisingly but doesn't last long. However, there are some interesting discussions in the forum, along with a links to Jakob Nielsen's piece on the subject and Tim Berners-Lee's thoughts too.
BEA's gone content-crazy
BEA Systems - 2001 Press Releases: BEA Makes Delivery and Management of Personalized Web Content Easier Through Expanded Partnerships and Integration is the actual title of that press release. Look at all those caps. Wow. Anyway, the point is that loads of CMS producers now have easy integration to BEA Personalisation Server. It's not hugely surprising, as all that's required for integration is a couple of JDBC-happy EJBs. And I'm not sure if we're even interested in going with Personalisation Server anyway, since we're trying to replace that layer (along with Commerce Server) with our own code. The main use for me is that it gives me more CMS names to check out. Slog slog slog.
MS: XML for Analysis
Up until now, OLE DB + OLAP was the most common way of connecting to data warehouses for analysis. MS are now proposing XML for Analysis, which uses their let's-ram-it-into-everything SOAP protocol. Still, it's cross-platform now.
Monday, March 19, 2001
What is RDF?
At last, a decent 5-minute intro to RDF.
Anyone remember LifeStreams? Scopeware is the commercial manifestation of the 5-year-old MIT project. Basically, it's new, interesting interfaces for information/document management. The LifeStore idea looks nice too.
Wednesday, March 7, 2001
Sun buys Infrasearch
The Register reports that Sun have purchased Infrasearch (mentioned below) to help out with their JXTA (Juxtapose) P2P project.
Monday, February 26, 2001
Some more P2P stuff