Thursday, November 09, 2006

FDW = Feedback driven writiing

I like the growing trend of publishing tech books on-line as constant works-in-progress, encorporating reader feedback and then shipping "builds" that are basically point-in-time versions of the text in PDF, Web or paper formats. A wholesale community of readers testing/debugging the text as it is developed. Very 21st century. Very Web 2.0.

This turbogears book springs to mind as does this django book. Both books will be better by the time they hit 1.0 as a result of the FDW approach taken to their creation.

TurboGears appears to be waaayyyy better than django in one vital aspect. It has the best set of doodads. A new trend I wonder? What do you mean your application does not have its own cute doodad? How 20th century! How Web 1.0 of you!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Attack of the killer digicam


    "The technology will keep getting better and more affordable. The bookshelves will heave with books that explain previously highly specialist terms like 'Establishing shot' and 'reverse cutting' to an audience of film production amateurs. The revolution will start (and indeed, has started), somewhere south of Z-Movies but it will climb fast. Who knows where it will stop. " --
    Attack of the killer digicam

Monday, November 06, 2006

Not your grandpa's Web UI API

Have a look at the Kitchen Sink (I'm using Firefox. Mileage may vary in other browsers).
How does it work? Horrible to code? See for yourself.