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Saturday, April 12, 2003

XML and Aliens

    "If SETI@home works, for example, we'll need libraries for communicating with aliens. Unless of course
    they are sufficiently advanced that they already communicate in XML."

    - Paul Graham, The Hundred Year Language

The quote is towards the end, but the entire essay is well worth a read

There is XML support, and there is XML support

Microsoft limits XML in Office 2003.

XML-compliance don't mean nowt unless the XML is *intended* for direct processing by software outside of the system that orginally created it.

WordML for example.

Friday, April 11, 2003

Thursday, April 10, 2003

How to run a sucessful website

Four rules

  • Offload the work

  • Aggregate, don't duplicate

  • Zero beaurocracy means great speed

  • Don't disscuss business

Python/XML stuff from the archives - assembled by Uche Ogbuji

Uche Ogbuji has assembled some stuff from the archives of Python's XML-SIG. I like Greg Stein's HTML-is-a-hierarch-of-objects approach which shows up the dual text/data structure nature of markup rather well.

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Weapons of Math Destruction - Sarnoff, Metcalf and Reed. Laws of the hyperjungle

David Reed explains why the Internet makes a lot of existing business models choke on their cornflakes.

I'm a LAMP-head

I'm a LAMP-head. At least some of the time.

Monday, April 07, 2003

Pareto Peristaltic Peripatetic Perambulations of a Propylate

As I wonder around the blogsphere, I link to things, and they link back. Every time I look at my blog's hits I'm reminded of the 80/20 rule and scale free networks etc. etc. This guy in particular, has a lot to answer for.

An interesting Data Pump

This is perfect for XML processing you know. I've always wanted a way of treating data processing as a form of logistics. Pneumatic pumping of XML instances through transforming pipes. I can see it all now...

Sunday, April 06, 2003

Beautifully illustrated intro to Unicode

Tim Bray's visual introduction to Unicode.

Nobody takes me seriously

I'm getting disheartened at the number of ideas I have floated in the XML community that do not get taken seriously. Look at this for five years worth of ignored ideas? What gives? Is there a pattern here?

April 1 2003 MMIX Interperter in XSLT
April 1 2002Applying Financial Technical Analysis Techniques to XML Validation
April 1 2001Nanotech implementation of XSLT engine
April 1 2000Quantum Markup Language
April 1 1999RTF to XML Converter in Perl