Tag Archives: architecture

Widgets vs. Portlets

Widgets are web pages embedded in larger web pages, generally using iFrames — the content comes via a separate HTTP connection and has its own CSS stylesheet, cookies, etc. Final composition takes place in the user’s browser. Portlets are software … Continue reading

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LAMP stack stability

I’m using a single dedicated server to host ourairports.com, megginson.com, and a couple of minor domains. OurAirports is a database-heavy application using (currently) a MySQL v.5 database hosted on the same server. I’ll offload the database to a separate server … Continue reading

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Social web sites: the new Proprietors?

Image: Thomas Penn, second proprietor of Pennsylvania, not as nice as his dad William. Almost a year ago, I wrote that Open data matters more than Open Source — it doesn’t matter (to you, the end user) whether a web … Continue reading

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Amazon SimpleDB (not very Codd-y)

This might be of interest: Amazon SimpleDB Amazon’s announcement Dear AWS Developers, This is a short note to let a subset of our most active developers know about an upcoming limited beta of our newest web service: Amazon SimpleDB, which … Continue reading

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First looks at OpenSocial: part 4 (content for persistence data)

Earlier postings: First looks at OpenSocial: part 1 (URLs) First looks at OpenSocial: part 2 (content for members and friends) First looks at OpenSocial: part 3 (content for activities) I didn’t have time to look at the OpenSocial API yesterday, … Continue reading

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First looks at OpenSocial: part 3 (content for activities)

Earlier postings: First looks at OpenSocial: part 1 (URLs) First looks at OpenSocial: part 2 (content for members and friends) This is the third part of a series where I’m working through the OpenSocial specs as I write — that … Continue reading

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First looks at OpenSocial: part 2 (content for members and friends)

See also First looks at OpenSocial: part 1 (URLs) This is the second part of a series of postings describing how I’m trying to understand the technical specs for the new Google-led OpenSocial initiative. In the first part, I cut … Continue reading

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