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Saturday, January 11, 2003

Welcome to County Sligo - the birthplace of Copyright Law

I have not read it yet but a quick flick of a newspaper review of Ingenious Ireland suggests that Sligo - my adopted home county - is the origin of copyright law. More on this when I've read the book. Dublin - my county of birth - invented the hypodermic kneedle apparanenty. Both inventions are as capable of bad as they are of good. Give me time and I'll concoct a preposterous analogy between the two.

Thursday, January 09, 2003

John Naughton (The Observer) is an expat, an ex-Enniscrone holiday maker, and a great columnist to boot

John Naughton's column in the Sunday Observer is a must read for me every week. Always entertaining and informative. I never new he was an Irishman living in England or that he used to holiday near Propylon's R+D center in Enniscrone. Small world.

Slashdot on blogging with Camera Phones

A long thread kicked off by NewBay's announcement yesterday on http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=50176&threshold=-1&commentsort=0&tid=95&mode=thread&pid=0.

Wednesday, January 08, 2003

The long painful history of time

An interesting essay by Eric Naggum. Ignore the Common Lisp bits if you are not into Common Lisp and just savor the history parts.

Technorati on foneblog announcement by NewBay

technorati report on blog links about NewBay. Not bad for a one day old website.

Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Now things get really interesting...

NewBay provide carrier grade blogging technologies to Telcos. Every mobile phone, every wireless handheld device (especially those with cameras) needs a blog, right?

List of XML-DEV bloggers from Eclectic

http://weblogs.userland.com/eclectic/xml-dev-bloggers 14 and counting.

Gumbie - Java Swing GUIs is the flick of a wrist

Gumbie eats a text file description of a menu structure and generates a GUI. A nice application of Jython.

Good summary by Uche Ogbuji of a long and interesting XML-DEV thread

the role of class and type in XML.

Markup and Hermeneutic Circles

When I wrote SGML for software developers I tried (and failed) to find a way of explaining SGML without forward references. It seems to be the case that to understand part it, you have to know all of it, which involves knowing all the parts... a hermeneutic circle.

Such circles are common occurences in software and fight any attempt at layered decomposition. For example, the ISO Seven Layered Communications model is, as you would expect layered and does not contain (I think) and hermeneutic circles. TCP/IP though, is not very well layered and probably does contain such circles. Which one took the world by storm? I wonder if there is a relationship there...

Monday, January 06, 2003

Books licenced as open source, on open source stuff

Bruce Perens' Open Source Series from Prentice Hall.

Every Java programmer need JWhich

Duh! Why didn't I think of that! JWhich is indespensible for Java dev.

Sunday, January 05, 2003

Two good extracts from Roy Fielding on REST

[via Bill de hÓra]
Two quotes from Roy Fielding on SOAP over on Bill's blog.

I particularly like "The Web creates more business value, every day, than has been generated by every single example of an RPC-like interface in the entire history of computers".

Amen to that.

geourl added

I added my blog to geourl.org. Bernie Goldbach is the only other Irish blog that I can see at the moment. You know what to do.

Mark Baker's Web Service predictions

The TAG review of the WSA Working Group's architecture document this year could be one of the critical events in Web infrastructure politics this year.