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Transforming the Web (through transformation)

By Simon St. Laurent
April 1, 2014

Thousands of people invented it independently. Millions use it without thinking about a broader context. It’s time to name it so we can talk about it. Transformation is changing the way we look at the balance between clients and servers, …

A concrete approach to learning how to program for beginners

By Semmy Purewal
March 6, 2014

As someone who has previously taught computer programming for nearly a decade, I’m often asked questions that involve “what’s the best way to go about learning to program computers,” or “what’s the best way to get a software engineering job,” …

Implementing Hypermedia Clients: It’s Not Rocket Science

By Simon St. Laurent
February 28, 2014

At Fluent 2013, O’Reilly’s Web Platform, JavaScript and HTML5 conference, Layer 7 Principal API Architect Mike Amundsen demonstrated how to build hypermedia clients, for situations with and without humans in the driver’s seat. (If you’d like to know more about …

Seduced by Markup

By Simon St. Laurent
November 20, 2013

A friend wanted to show me a great new thing in 1993, this crazy HTML browser called Cello. He knew I was working on hypertext and this seemed like just the thing for it! Sadly, my time in HyperCard and …

Four short links: 20 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 19, 2013

Researchers Can Slip an Undetectable Trojan into Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs (Ars Technica) — The exploit works by severely reducing the amount of entropy the RNG normally uses, from 128 bits to 32 bits. The hack is similar to stacking …

Mining One Million Tweets About #Syria

By Matthew Russell
September 11, 2013

I’ve been filtering Twitter’s firehose for tweets about “#Syria” for about the past week in order to accumulate a sizable volume of data about an important current event. As of Friday, I noticed that the tally has surpassed one million …

Walking Trees and Handling Events

By Simon St. Laurent
August 28, 2013

This summer, I’ve seen all kinds of programming approaches as I’ve bounced between the Web, XSLT, Erlang, and XML, with visits to many other environments. As I look through the cool new possibilities for interfaces, for scaling up and down, …

Can We Do Better Than XML and JSON?

By Simon St. Laurent
August 7, 2013

Today’s Balisage conference got off to a great start. After years of discussing the pros and cons of XML, HTML, JSON, SGML, and more, it was great to see Michael Kay (creator of the SAXON processor for XSLT and XQuery) …

Squeaky Clean Ajax and Comet with Lift

By Richard Dallaway
July 23, 2013

Lift is a web framework for Scala, and is probably best known for having great Comet and Ajax support. I’ve been touring the features of Lift that I find appealing. Initially I looked at designer-friendly templates and REST services. Recently, …

Scaling People, Process, and Technology with Python

By Dave Himrod
July 15, 2013

NOTE: If you are interested in attending OSCON to check out Dave’s talk or the many other cool sessions, click over to the OSCON website where you can use the discount code OS13PROG to get 20% off your registration fee. …

The Appeal of the Lift Web Frameworks

By Richard Dallaway
July 10, 2013

Lift is one of the better-known web frameworks for Scala. Version 2.5 has just been released, so it seems like a good time to show features of Lift that I particularly like. Lift is different from other web frameworks (in …

Four short links: 4 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 4, 2013

ansible — Model-driven configuration management, multi-node deployment/orchestration, and remote task execution system. Uses SSH by default, so no special software has to be installed on the nodes you manage. Ansible can be extended in any language. The Golden Age of …

A Matter of Semantics

By Mike Amundsen
May 16, 2013

Messages on the Web carry three levels of information: Structure Semantics, Protocol Semantics, and Application Semantics. No matter the implementation style, all three of these are needed for any successful communication between client and server. This threesome (S-P-A) forms the …

What Kind of JavaScript Developer Are You?

By Simon St. Laurent
May 14, 2013

“JavaScript developer” is a description that hides tremendous diversity. While every language has a range of user skill levels, JavaScript has a remarkably fragmented community. People come to JavaScript for different reasons from different places, and this can make communication …

Buy once, sync anywhere

By Oliver Brooks
December 3, 2012

This article by Oli Brooks is a preview to the the Buy once, sync anywhere session he’s part of at TOC NY 2013 in February.  Use the discount code below to register for the event and learn more about Oli’s vision …

Four short links: 22 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 22, 2012

jq — command-line tool for JSON data. GAFFTA — Gray Area Foundation For The Arts. Non-profit running workshops and building projects around technology-driven arts. (via Roger Dennis) Power Pwn — looks like a power strip, is actually chock-full of pen-testing …

Shrinking and stretching the boundaries of markup

By Simon St. Laurent
August 14, 2012

It’s easy to forget that XML started out as a simplification process, trimming SGML into a more manageable and more parseable specification. Once XML reached a broad audience, of course, new specifications piled on top of it to create an …

Applying markup to complexity

By Simon St. Laurent
August 9, 2012

When XML exploded onto the scene, it ignited visions of magical communications, simplified document storage, and a whole new wave of application capabilities. Reality has proved calmer, with competition from JSON and other formats tackling a wide variety of problems, …

Visualizing structural change

By Jon Udell
July 28, 2011

Think about the records that describe the status of your health, finances, insurance policies, vehicles, and computers. If the systems that manage these records could produce timestamped JSON snapshots when indicators change, it would be much easier to find out what changed, and when.

Visualizing structural change

Visualizing structural change
By Jon Udell
July 28, 2011

Think about the records that describe the status of your health, finances, insurance policies, vehicles, and computers. If the systems that manage these records could produce timestamped JSON snapshots when indicators change, it would be much easier to find out what changed, and when.

Four short links: 20 July 2011

By Nat Torkington
July 20, 2011

Random Khan Exercises -- elegant hack to ensure repeatability for a user but difference across users. Note that they need these features of exercises so that they can perform meaningful statistical analyses on the results. Float, the Netflix of Reading (Wired) -- an interesting Instapaper variant with a stab at an advertising business model. I would like to stab...

Nuke! - If I wanted an XML for 2010, what would its design be?

By Rick Jelliffe
December 8, 2010

Nuke is a mix of XML and JSON, with several new ideas thrown in.

Four short links: 3 December 2010

By Nat Torkington
December 3, 2010

Data is Snake Oil (Pete Warden) -- data is powerful but fickle. A lot of theoretically promising approaches don't work because there's so many barriers between spotting a possible relationship and turning it into something useful and actionable. This is the pin of reality which deflates the bubble of inflated expectations. Apologies for the camel's nose of rhetoric poking...

The Best and the Worst Tech of the Decade

By James Turner
December 17, 2009

With only a few weeks left until we close out the 'naughts and move into the teens, it's almost obligatory to take a look back at the best and not-so-best of the last decade. With that in mind, I polled the O'Reilly editors, authors, Friends, and a number of industry movers and shakers to gather nominations. I then tossed them in the trash and made up my own compiled them together and looked for trends and common threads. So here then, in no particular order, are the best and the worst that the decade had to offer.

Getting Java, C# and Perl to speak the same language (with JSON)

By Andrew Stellman
October 4, 2009

I've been thinking a lot about architecture lately. It's partially because Jenny and I are going to do our Beautiful Teams talk at the ITARC 2009 conference next week. But it's also because I've been writing a lot of code...

Use APIs to do market research

Use APIs to do market research
By Andrew Odewahn
July 30, 2009

Basic product attribute questions (what's the best price, size, length, etc) are crucial elements in any product or marketing strategy, but it's often too difficult or expensive to get timely market information. However, a quick script that pulls data from a relevant website's API can often give you an answer that's good enough. This post provides a few techniques for using this powerful new resource for market research.

What in the heck is JSONP and why would you use it?

By Raymond Camden
March 10, 2009

A quick look at JSONP and the problems it helps solve.

Internet Explorer Fades, Firefox Stays the Course, Google Chrome Surges

By Kurt Cagle
January 6, 2009

Poor IE. Like the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, it seems to have a hard time getting much respect these days. Within Microsoft it has long been the unwanted stepchild - ignored when Microsoft shifted gears towards server-side technologies in...

Cloud Gazing from Silverlight 2

By John Papa
November 6, 2008

Cloud Gazing from Silverlight 2 ... SOAP, REST, POX and more all from Silverlight 2.

AMF vs. JSON vs. XML

By Richard Monson-Haefel
September 18, 2008

Which RPC protocol is the best: XML over HTTP, JSON, or AMF. It depends on the context and the platform

JavaScript: The Good Parts

By Richard Monson-Haefel
September 10, 2008

Douglas Crockford's book "JavaScript: The Good Parts" describes a powerful subset of JavaScript that uses only the "good parts" of JavaScript and ignores the rest.

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