Monthly Archives: July 2005

Something for nothing

I’ve noticed that Slashdot has started to include text ads in their RSS feed much more frequently, and I’m considering unsubscribing. I have no moral or ethical objection to text ads in RSS feeds, but this is the first time … Continue reading

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Password-Protected RSS Challenge

[More updates from comments.] [Update: many more results, collected from comments. It looks like nearly every feed reader can handle at least HTTP basic authentication, which is good news for people planning to use RSS and Atom in government or … Continue reading

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I’ve decided it’s time to figure out if aspect-oriented programming is worth, well, figuring out. So far, nearly everything Google can find for me about AOP is positive — glowing, even — and that makes me nervous. Real change is … Continue reading

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Canadian Geocoder + XML API

A geocoder is a system that takes a street address and converts it to an (approximate) latitude and longitude for use in GPS navigation, online cartography, and similar applications. MapQuest has a nice online tutorial for different geocoding algorithms, with … Continue reading

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VE Day, v.2

The European Commission has voted against software patents overwhelmingly. Only a few months ago, things looked desperate — Poland was the only European country with the courage to keep on fighting — but now the technology world can celebrate its … Continue reading

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Flight Planning with Google Maps

I threw together a very short demo of a partial flight route — the low-level airway V316 from Ottawa to Sault Ste. Marie — overlayed on Google Maps using the new Google Maps API (I’ve also mentioned this in a … Continue reading

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Sean McGrath's obit for SOA

In his obit for service-oriented architecture (SOA), Sean McGrath draws lessons from the demise of WS-*. Here are what Sean considers the key characteristics of something that might actually work: The noun/verb inversion in REST Temporal decoupling A “lets get … Continue reading

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