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February, 2006

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    Tim's Wannabe Five

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    I don't know how I missed this before, but Tim Bray blogged about not inventing XML languages over a month ago. This comment is right on the money: "The value of a markup language is proportional approximately to the square of the number of different...
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    Thoughts on Mashup Camp Day 2

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    I was able to catch an earlier flight home last night (which was itself delayed, but still got me home an hour and a half earlier than expected). Combined with the work that piled up while I was gone and I haven't gotten around to the rest of my thoughts...
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    Thoughts from Mashup Camp Day 1

    I don’t sleep well on the road so I’m exhausted. I’m going to post a couple of quick thoughts and then hit the sack. It was great to see Ward . When he got up to suggest a session topic he got a round of applause. I went to the morning session...
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    Reinventing the List

    Marc Canter seems pretty excited that Songbird is going to support XSPF. While Marc has written about it many times, I had no idea what it was. It's the XML Shareable Playlist Format (pronounced "spiff"). It's designed to be simple and open and built...
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    Yet Another AJAX Toolkit

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    Hot on the heels of my post about the AJAX toolkit spectrum comes news that Yahoo! has released their own AJAX toolkit as well as a very cool web page design pattern catalog . Some non-surprises: The Yahoo! toolkit has it's own animation library...
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    Thoughts on the AJAX Toolkit Spectrum

    Last week, Dion wrote about the spectrum of AJAX tookits . He ended with a question, wondering which end of the spectrum will dominate? Will it be lightweight composable toolkits like prototype , script.aculo.us or Dojo ? Or a more comprehensive toolkit...
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    Web 2.0 Evolution

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    In his now-famous talk , Dick Hardt describes Identity 2.0 as inevitable. As in "coming for sure, but not here yet". I wonder how much of Web 2.0 is here now, and how much is inevitable? And furthermore, how much can we generalize about the future of...
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    Latest Architecture Journal

    It's been a while coming, but the print subscriptions of The Architecture Journal are underway. I got my copy of Journal 6 in the mail today. It's not online yet, but you can get the back issues and sign up for your own free print subscription on the...
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    SPARK is Out of the Bag

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    As part of the new job , I'm involved in the planning a workshop called SPARK, which Dion Hinchcliffe blogged about this morning. (Dion also writes a blog here - bringing the total to three - so I created a combined feed just to keep track of all the...
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    New DSL Toolkit Drop

    I have been so focused on Web 2.0 stuff that I've been reading a bunch of new blogs and disregarding the old ones I used to read. So I didn't realize until today that the DSL Tools team released a new drop last week. According to Gareth , the highlights...
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    Flash, the Other White Meat

    When I wrote yesterday about the Browser as VM , I made the point that extensibility is difficult as we have four major browsers and multiple OSes to deal with. What Web 2.0 company is going to be willing to bet on a proprietary extension implemented...
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    Browser as Virtual Machine

    Note: this is the first in a series of Web 2.0 entries. I know I’m on record as hating the term Web 2.0 , but as I wrote in that post, I do belief there is a fundamental shift underway in computing. The industry is calling this Web 2.0, and I can either...
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