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5 PaaS Anti-patterns

By Steven Citron-Pousty
April 30, 2014

Today I am going to cover 5 ways developers may be on a Platform as a Service (PaaS) but have not really embraced the new platform effectively. If you have done any of these things below while building your application …

The Web is Eating Software

By Simon St. Laurent
March 19, 2014

A few years ago, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen wrote that “software is eating the world”: Six decades into the computer revolution, four decades since the invention of the microprocessor, and two decades into the rise of the modern Internet, all …

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 …

Web Application Development is Different (and Better)

By Simon St. Laurent
January 29, 2014

The Web became the most ubiquitous distributed application system because it didn’t have to think of itself as a programming environment. Almost every day I see comments or complaints from programmers (even brilliant programmers) muttering about how many strange and …

The Myth of the Private API

By George Reese
September 6, 2013

A little over a week ago, I wrote about how the authentication model for an unpublished Tesla REST API was architecturally flawed because it failed to take basic precautions against the sharing of credentials with third-parties common to most REST-based …

Tesla Model S REST API Authentication Flaws

By George Reese
August 27, 2013

As many of you know, APIs matter to me. I have lightbulbs that have APIs. Two months ago, I bought a car that has an API: The Tesla Model S. For the most part, people use the Tesla REST API via the iPhone and …

Where Innovation Lives

By Jim Stogdill
July 20, 2013

I sat down with Jon Bruner in New York City this week to talk about where innovation happens. Concentration still seems to matter, even in a networked world, but concentration of what? Minds, money, markets, or manufacturing know-how? People we …

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 …

Looking Forward, a Leap

By Simon St. Laurent
May 29, 2013

Over the last few months, I keep finding new signs that the way we approach web development is about to shift. The parts – which have mostly existed for a while – haven’t completely come together yet, but the next …

Exploring Hypermedia with Mike Amundsen

By Simon St. Laurent
May 16, 2013

The Web’s flexibility has helped it to survive and thrive, pushing well beyond the browser-based universe where it first showed its promise. While I’ve spent most of my time working with the HTML/CSS/JavaScript side, the HTTP side of the original …

MySQL in 2012: Report from Percona Live

By Andy Oram
April 14, 2012

Contrasting deployments at craigslit and Pinterest, trends, commercial offerings, and more

Four short links: 28 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 28, 2012

Designing RESTful Interfaces (Slideshare) -- extremely good presentation on how to build HTTP APIs. Manipulating History for Fun and Profit -- if you want to make websites that are AJAX-responsive but without breaking the back button or preventing links, read this. Why Textbooks Are So Broken (Salon) -- Let's say a publisher hires a developer for a certain low-bid...

Snap to the graph, not the grid

By Tyler Bell
May 3, 2011

Coordinate pairs are regular and orderly, but they are entirely ambiguous when used to represent more conceptual places like states, cities, stores and neighborhoods.

Four short links: 19 January 2010

By Nat Torkington
January 19, 2011

Implementing REST -- This is a place for exploring aspects of implementing applications using the REST architectural style. This may include statements about existing frameworks and libraries, general discussions about the nature of the style and how it may be expressed and/or encouraged via a programming framework, etc. When Teaching Restrains Discovery -- read about this research (short story:...

Four short links: 18 November 2010

By Nat Torkington
November 18, 2010

Predictable Web of Data -- a chapter of a book that never happened, this chapter covering the wonderful YQL. Symbian: A Lesson on the Wrong Way to Use Open Source (GigaOm) -- Open source can be used to inspire and complement successful products. It can accelerate momentum. What it can’t do is resurrect dying technology products. SpotCloud -- a...

Consumer-Driven Schematron Schemas

By Rick Jelliffe
April 3, 2010

Ian Robinson has a great 2008 article Service-Oriented Development with Consumer-Driven Contracts and a follow-up A Contract Vocabulary that turns normal thinking about schemas on its head. His idea, in the context of SOA systems with a limited number of...

Four short links: 2 April 2010

By Nat Torkington
April 2, 2010

OData -- REST protocol for accessing datasets, based on Atom, JSON, and some XML formats for metadata. Thinking about Monkeys and Engineers and Copyright -- short read, but makes you realise how tortuous the current remix possibilities make copyright law. How to Make an HTML5 iPhone App -- walks and talks like an iPhone app, but is made entirely...

REST and Flex

By Luca Mezzalira
January 13, 2010

In this tutorial we start to work with REST and Flex, are you asking what is and why use REST? So here we are, REST is acronym for REpresentational State Transfer and it helps you to provide services to comunicate...

Principles for Standardized REST Authentication

By George Reese
December 26, 2009

I'm tired of wasting brain cycles figuring out whether a given vendor requires you to sign your query before or after you URL encode your parameters and I am fed up with vendors who insist on using interactive user credentials to authenticate API calls. Here's a set of standards that I think should be in place for any REST authentication scheme.

Validation in Flex with Hamcrest-AS3

By Joel Hooks
November 20, 2009

Hamcrest? No, it isn't a fancy sandwich topping. Hamcrest is a framework for creating matchers, allowing matching rules to be defined declaratively (from Wikipedia). Hamcrest has been used by many popular unit testing frameworks including JUnit and FlexUnit 4. Hamcrest-AS3...

AS 3 Rest Parameter

By Jesse Freeman
August 3, 2009

Advance Flash Tactics or AFTs are techniques that come from deep within the Flash Art Of War, the oldest Flash military treatise in the world. Each AFT is designed to be quickly digested, usually only taking a few minutes to get up and running, and contains valuable information you can directly apply to your next Flash campaign. In this AFT I will go over - AS 3's rest parameter.

Service Communications with Silverlight

By John Papa
March 1, 2009

Silverlight can talk to a number of types of web services using REST or SOAP, returning JSON or XML, or even communicating with RSS feeds. Its important to evaluate the type of service you need before developing it.

A RESTful wrapper for MoinMoin

By Uche Ogbuji
February 4, 2009

I've always loved the MoinMoin wiki, and lately I've been using it for more and more, at work and at home. I've pined for a REST wrapper for a while, and I finally bit the bullet and wrote one, as part of the open-source Akara project, which among other things provides RESTful access to the XML processing capabilities of Amara 2.x.

Building RESTful Services with XQuery and XRX

By Kurt Cagle
January 24, 2009

I've been banging on the RESTful services/XRX bandwagon for a while now, and the good folks at O'Reilly have kindly consented to let me get out the entire trap drum set for an O'Reilly Webinar entitled "Building RESTful Services with XQuery and XRX".

SOA is Dead? It's About Time!

By Kurt Cagle
January 13, 2009

Anne Thomas Manes of the Burton Group raised quite a few hackles in the IT press yesterday when she asserted that SOA is Dead. Anne has the chops to talk on the subject - beyond her respectable career as an SOA Analyst for the Burton Group, she was also a former CTO of Systinet, an SOA governance company that eventually was bought up by Hewlett Packard, and was one of the early architects of the WS-* architecture ... so when she says "It's dead, Jim", people listen.

Analysis 2009: XForms and XML-enabled clients gain traction with XQuery databases

By Kurt Cagle
January 6, 2009

I'm beginning to despair about XForms, which is perhaps a good sign. XForms is perhaps the oldest of the W3C technologies that has yet to either die completely or really dramatically take off, and for all that it has...

There is Silverlight at the End of the Tunnel

By John Papa
December 19, 2008

After months of writing just about every night, Data Driven Services with Silverlight 2 is now available. I targeted this book to be different than other Silverlight books on the market, focusing more on data, networking, and other features needed to make a RIA application work for data driven situations.

Silverlight and ADO.NET Data Services

By John Papa
November 18, 2008

The ADO.NET Data Services client library for Silverlight makes calling RESTful services exposed by ADO.NET Data Services easy. It allows request sot be made as either URis over HTTP requests or LINQ queries from Silverlight.

Five RESTful Friends

Five RESTful Friends
By Dan McCreary
November 11, 2008

Sometimes in computing, as in life, we are surrounded by friends that are standing by to help us. But unless we are aware our friends exist and we give them the information they need to help us, we will not be able to take advantage of their services. Here is a brief overview of five web application friends you may not be aware of that are standing by to help you with your web application performance.

Creating Bullet Bars with Google Charts

By Dan McCreary
November 9, 2008

Using Google Charts REST interface it easy to create bullet bar dashboard indicators without using excessive screen area.

XRX and Context Delivery Architecture

By Dan McCreary
November 6, 2008

What if your web applications could all be quickly customized based on needs of a specific person, role or group? What if you could start out with one general form but it could be easly customized for different roles, groups or class of users? We call these forms CoDA (for Context Delivery Architecture) forms because they can take advantage of the context aware features of the XRX architecture.

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.

The REST in PRESTO

By Rick Jelliffe
October 10, 2008

Roy Fielding's characterizations of what REST is about, made discussing CMIS, is helpful for understanding what PRESTO is about.

Metaphorical Web and XRX

Metaphorical Web and XRX
By Kurt Cagle
October 1, 2008

Contrary to popular opinion, anger is not in fact all that good for a writer - you write, but what you write usually falls into the kind of political diatribes favored by more radical members of fringe parties.

The derivatives crisis and standards

By Rick Jelliffe
September 29, 2008

We hear a lot of talk about Web 2.0, but has the financial sector even got to Web 1.0, really? Lets take two key things: first, that data interchange should be rich, and second that everything important should be identified. But unless there is an accounting standards emphasis towards objective valuation, we can have all the good standards for financial data interchange we like, and it we won't have reduced society's risk nor improved evidence-based management.

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


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