Monthly Archives: March 2005

REST: is RSS the HTML for data?

As I’ve mentioned before, REST offloads complexity from the protocol (HTTP) to the content (XML). That makes REST look simple as long as you focus only on the protocol, but RESTafarians cannot get away forever with leaving the content format … Continue reading

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Admin: Comment and Pingback Limits

I’ve been spending a lot of time deleting comment and pingback spam from my two blogs (most of it from the moderation queue). My first impulse was to ban comments and pingbacks completely — after all, some blogs seem to … Continue reading

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Tech Fashions: What's in a name?

Dare Obasanjo complains that new names like SOA, AJAX, and REST have more to do with fashion than software. He’s right, but his posting might be missing the point. There are two reasons that a fuzzy, general approach to things … Continue reading

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AJAX as a privacy solution

There’s a lot of noise about AJAX recently, ranging from positive to negative to what’s the big deal? It’s true that architecturally, AJAX is nothing new — basically, it’s just the old, pre-Web client-server model wrapped up in the browser … Continue reading

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Canadian Flag in CSS

Via Anne van Kesteren (again), I have found a site with a pure-CSS rendition of the Canadian flag (the image here in my blog is a screenshot, not the live CSS). It’s a little squished, granted, but at least it’s … Continue reading

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Attributes and Namespaces

Anne van Kesteren complains that the relationship between XML Namespaces and XML attributes bugs him, and I think that his annoyance might be justified. It’s been many years since we did the 1.0 Namespaces spec in the old XML working … Continue reading

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Big, public REST application: Seniors Canada Online

[Update: partial contact information at bottom.] Yesterday I found out about a major government XML+HTTP (i.e. REST) web application that has been open to the general public since October 2004 but was never formally announced — I’m posting about it … Continue reading

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Cascading RSS

The idea of Cascading RSS (or aggregation aggregation) is so obvious that it has probably already been blogged to death or even implemented by well-known web sites; unfortunately, my short attention span ran out before I think up the right … Continue reading

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