Saturday, February 15, 2003

Do you live/holiday/visit Enniscrone/Killala? Would you use an 'always-on' wireless broadband internet connection there if it were available?

If so, send me you e-mail and I'll add you to the list. We are working with Liam Caffrey in Killala, gauging interest with a view to seeking funding to make it happen.

Friday, February 14, 2003

They have taken it and reshaped it in their own image. All is lost. All is lost.

XML is just an data/object serialization format. What an incredible waste of a glorious opportunity to advance the state of the art in application integration.

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

The opposite of strong typing is not weak typing - its runtime typing

Guido van Rossum points out in this article that Python's typing is not "weak" (being the opposite
of "strong") its runtime. A very different kettle of fish.

Asphyxiation via tight integration

Tight integration? Just say no!.

Monday, February 10, 2003

Turtles all the way up

Clay Shirky nails it. "Turtles all the way up". Brilliant!

Sunday, February 09, 2003

Power laws and blogs

Read this piece by Clay Shirky and, if you haven't yet read it, get yourself a copy of LINKED by Barabasi. A really interesting read.

A hobby horse of mine is that power laws apply to xml markup too - at least in document centric applications. Some years back I ran some tests on SGML/XML corpora that indicated a power law distribution of elements. At its crudest, 20 per cent of the available element types in the DTDs accounted for 80 per cent of the elements occuring in the instances.

Also, related (slightly) is Lies, damned lies and markup.