Sean McGrath, CTO, Propylon

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Thursday, June 16, 2005
    Correlating screen size and method length
This is just an off-the-wall thought. Does the size of the screen used when writing code, influence the decomposition into methods/functions of the code?

Some background. Yesterday I finally got around to installing Ubuntu on my bright shiny new IBM T42P and everything about it so far is just unspeakably wonderful.

It has a higher screen resolution than I an used to. Looking at some Jython code on it felt different from looking at the same code on my Dell 5100. I could see more lines of code. More information in 1 single screenful.

I got to thinking: if I'd written the code on the high res T42P would some of the elective decomposition into methods/functions occur in different places to reflect the increased capacity of "one screenful" of information?

Just a thought.

posted by Sean 1:25 AM
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Monday, June 13, 2005
    True Interoperability
True interoperability results from the subtle and complex interplay between application code and application data.
--The gray scale of interoperability and IT standards.

posted by Sean 1:04 PM
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Sunday, June 12, 2005
    Bronze from anear, by gold from afar?
Fascinating overview of what looks like a defining moment in semantics on the Web.

Whatever 'semantics' means :-/

Defining semantics is like defining obscenity - you know it when you see it.

Semantics is something I recognise by perception. But I cannot define it and I certainly cannot fit all the bits of it into blocks that sit neatly on top of each other.

Its verrry interesting watching all the valiant efforts by others to do so.

While I applaude the effort, this is one I'm watching from afar. Its too mind-exploding from anear. After reading Wittgenstein, its a bit difficult to get motivated to get any closer to it.

I'll cheer from the rooftops if anything great comes out of this gargantuan effort around the Semantic Web but gee, I'm just not at all convinced that this stuff is going anywhere fast.

posted by Sean 3:04 AM
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