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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First looks at OpenSocial: part 1 (URLs)

In a year or two, we’ll know whether the Google-lead OpenSocial initiative was a turning point in the social web or just a weak shot fired across Facebook’s bow. In the meantime, I think it’s worth taking some time to … Continue reading

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[not] Protecting web sites and services from DNS rebinding attacks

Update: Nope, my solution won’t work. As Christian Matthies points out in the comments, it is possible to spoof the HTTP Host header as well (his link in the comment is broken because of an extra comma, but this one … Continue reading

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Three simple tips for LAMP web site developers

You’ve learned to write some basic HTML, CSS, PHP/Python/Perl and SQL, found a hosting service, and are ready to create your first LAMP web application. You’ve already read a bit about security (you know always to escape user-supplied parameters, etc.). … Continue reading

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