The final spec. To read.
Nice! Isn’t REST great?
And the very same thing is about to happen in our little corner of the world. BTW, I believe an Adjustable Rate Mortgage in the US is equivalent to a Variable Rate Mortgage over here.
An image editor that appears well-suited to pixel art.
A bit like mutt recast in the image of GMail. Must take a look some time.
msxsl.execommand line utility enables you to perform command line Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) transformations using the Microsoft XSL processor.
As Jeremy says, why isn’t this already bundled with the browser?
Useful reference even if you’re not using using Django or Python.
A nice clear introduction by Stefan Tilkov
Hmmm… considering I’m two stone overweight…
A fast, general-purpose, distributed, in-memory workqueue service.
Essentially a way to dole out work for other processes to asynchronously process on one or many machines.
Interesting. I can especially see ‘stale-if-error’ being useful in helping make sites much more resilient.
It boils down to this: Given SimpleDB’s crappy RESTless interface, if you want to pay Amazon for grid computing, you might be better off running CouchDB on Amazon EC2.
Been there alright!
I love wee analyses like this because, aside from the matter being written about, they teach an awful lot about problem solving. This is a good one.
Summary: Once iterations become increments, you’re screwed, and it’s a good idea to have actual deliverables at the end of each iteration.
Review Board is a web-based tool designed to help projects and companies keep track of pending code changes and make code reviews much less painful and time-consuming. It is being developed for use in VMware, but is designed to be generic enough to use in any project. It currently has support to SVN, CVS, Perforce, and Mercurial repositories.
…which sound just about right for me. I’m looking for something to help us do code reviews in work, mainly because they’re good for learning and they’ll help improve code quality because there’s nothing better for having you do your best than having somebody else look at your work. Oh, and I don’t want to write my own code review app unless I really, really have to. That, after all, was the only reason I wrote GrassSnake: everything else sucked.
Another code review app. Sure, it’s not quite as pretty as Review Board, but it might be quite good. Worth a look.
Werner Vogels explains the logic between eventual consistency in SimpleDB.
Against the misapplication and mistaken application of patterns, and in favour of the discovery of true fundamentals to act as the basis for proper abstraction.
A lightweight message queue written in Ruby.
This riffs a bit harsh on Erlang, but it’s a great read.
Remember the interpreter pattern from GoF? You know, the one you could never wrap your head around so you promptly made the singleton pattern your favourite pattern evar? Well, it’s about the only truly useful one in there and here’s why. Keep that in mind when you read Stevey’s latest rant: Code’s Worst Enemy.
Now there’s a Python module I wish I knew about before now!
I disagree, at least in the case of Scheme-style hygienic macros, but this is a good read nontheless.
I really wish I the source for this was available to I could compile it on FreeBSD…
It’s always worth remembering that human beings have tinier brains than we think, and in spite (or because) we developers need to have superior short-term memories to do our job, we need to remember that we can only remember and understand so much at once.
Mancala is a family of board games played around the world, sometimes called sowing games or count and capture games, which comes from the general gameplay.
I use this as my OpenID provider.
‘Design depends largely on constraints’: read.
Interesting. Must read.
‘Hypermedia as the engine of application state’ is the most important REST constraint, and can’t really be ignored. Shame, seeing as the concept’s quite simple: use good contextual links between resources in your representations.
Oh, fuck! So, who thinks Pakistan’s going to get really ugly in the next six months?
Sure, Thrift sucks less than other RPC mechanisms, but it’s still RPC, and therein lies the potential for difficulty.
If Damien says they’re good, they just might be. I’ll check them out when I need to get insurance or if I know somebody who’s looking for it.
Like the Autotools, but without their extreme suckiness.
Remember The Milk for Gmail is a Firefox extension that allows you to manage your tasks in Gmail (complete, postpone, and edit tasks), add new tasks (and connect them with your emails, contacts, and Google Calendar events), automatically add tasks for starred messages or specific labels, and much more!
Hmmm… Worth a look maybe…
Piston is a utility that eases vendor branch management. This is similar to
svn:externals, except you have a local copy of the files, which you can modify at will. As long as the changes are mergeable, you should have no problems.
An intelligent method of working with projects that use a VCS other than Bazaar-NG without the need for something like bzr-svn.