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· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · January
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Stronger Foundations · The Net to­day is stand­ing on slight­ly firmer foun­da­tions than it was a few weeks back. On De­cem­ber 15th, the W3C is­sued Ar­chi­tec­ture of the World Wide We­b, Vol­ume One as a “Recommendation”, i.e. as close as they get to call­ing any­thing a stan­dard. If you read it, there’s a lot of fo­cus on URIs (Uni­form Re­source Iden­ti­fier­s, as in what we usu­al­ly con­fuse with the Univer­sal Repub­lic of Love). To­day saw the fi­nal pub­li­ca­tion of the URI spec­i­fi­ca­tion as RFC3986, al­so known (even more im­pres­sive­ly) as IETF In­ter­net Stan­dard #66; some of the IETF’s most widely-deployed pro­to­cols nev­er make it to “Full Standard” sta­tus. I’m hope­less­ly bi­ased be­cause I helped write both of these doc­u­ments, but I think that each is in­di­vid­u­al­ly im­por­tant and that the com­bi­na­tion is re­al­ly im­por­tan­t. Most peo­ple can’t pos­si­bly imag­ine how much work it is to grind these things out, and how many re­vi­sions it takes to get one right. I orig­i­nal­ly wrote all of what is now Sec­tion 6 of RFC3986, and I think there are very few sen­tences in there that haven’t been up­dat­ed a few times, al­most all for the bet­ter, and al­most all the work was done by Roy Field­ing, who de­serves a deep bow from us al­l. The In­ter­net and the Web aren’t things and they’re not places, they’re a mesh of agree­ments that al­low us to talk to each oth­er and to be less stupid. Th­ese two doc­u­ments are im­por­tant links in that mesh.
 
Open Solaris · Hey, the OpenSo­laris web site is up! You can­not pos­si­bly imag­ine how much work this has tak­en, and there’s still lots to do. I’m hap­py to see that this kind of ma­jor tech­nol­o­gy push comes with a list of blogs as a mat­ter of course. Speak­ing of which, the hard­core geeks in the crowd who want to get an insider’s feel for what this whole So­laris thing is re­al­ly about can by­pass all the business-oriented of­fi­cial mar­ket­ing stuff and go straight to Bryan Cantrill’s ex­cel­lent So­laris 10 Re­vealed, which will give you all the tech­ni­cal de­tails you could pos­si­bly wan­t.
 
Private Syndication · Over at the ZD BTL space, David Ber­lind writes good stuff on some­thing I’ve been talk­ing about for a long time, pri­vate syn­di­ca­tion feed­s. My fa­vorite ex­am­ples have been feeds from my bank ac­count or cred­it card or stock port­fo­lio, but David has an­oth­er for peo­ple like EBay, who can no longer email their cus­tomers be­cause ev­ery­one re­ceiv­ing such an email as­sumes it’s a phish­ing at­tempt (it usu­al­ly is). David won­ders if ex­ist­ing RSS-based sys­tems can scale up for mass one-to-one us­age; the an­swer is “yes, obviously”; post-and-poll (as in syn­di­ca­tion) is me­chan­i­cal­ly sim­pler than store-and-forward (as in email), it’ll scale just fine. One de­tail: I think that for this kind of content-critical, all-business feed, Atom is a more at­trac­tive choice than any of the RSS fla­vors.
 
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