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· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · February
· · · · 21 (4 entries)

Java EE 5 · We’re announcing all sorts of Betas today: NetBeans, Java EE, and so on. Blogs are being aggregated on <a href='http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/theaquarium/?catname=/Beta'>The Aquarium</a>. I think the strongest statement is <a href='http://weblogs.java.net/blog/kgh/archive/2006/02/raving_about_ja.html'>Graham Hamilton: Raving about Java EE 5</a>. A couple of days ago I <a href='/ongoing/When/200x/2006/02/17/PHP'>wrote</a> “don’t write the Java EE crowd off, they’re not stupid at all...” Check Graham’s bullet list under “wide ranging goals”; definitely my kind of stuff. Maybe I should try writing that comment system in EE rather than RoR; if EE’s entry level could be engineered down to the point where it’s plausible for one-man projects, that would be a game-changer.
 
Management Blogchain · I’m kind of overrun with things I want to write about; I was looking dispiritedly at the “blog this” list and I noticed a nifty intersection with my management chain. OK, maybe it’s kind of a feeble hook, but I get to knock three things off the list; herewith interesting stuff from <a href='http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/stern'>Stern</a>, <a href='http://blogs.sun.com/johnnyl'>Loiacono</a>, and <a href='http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/jonathan'>Schwartz</a>, but there’s a missing link ...
 
Favorites · Technorati launched <a href='http://www.technorati.com/faves/'>Favorites</a> today. it’s a simple enough idea, you nominate a bunch of your favorite feeds and they’re available both as a page to visit and an aggregated feed anyone can subscribe to. For example, <a href='http://www.technorati.com/faves/TimBray'>here are mine</a>; obviously, I haven’t had a lot of time to put into the selection. Near as I can tell, this is much like what Dave Winer’s been calling <a href='http://www.reallysimplesyndication.com/howtoReadingLists'>Reading Lists</a>, only with a reasonable GUI. One assumes there’ll be an import/export feature eventually, to make them portable. The next step is reasonably obvious: instead of just “Joe’s favorites” you could imagine “Joe’s budget travel feeds” and “Joe’s manga-fan feeds”. But maybe that’s a false vision; the whole thing about a blog is that it’s a clearly-sourced well-defined voice, so maybe an individual person’s favorites is what you really want. Frankly, I’m not sure what the use-case here is; but then again, we’re just making this stuff up as we go along. <i>[Disclosure: I have a <a href='/ongoing/When/200x/2005/12/20/Technorati-Disclosure'>conflict of interest</a> as regards Technorati.]</i>
 
Why We Need Atom Now · Check out Mozilla <a href='https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=313441'>Bug #313441</a>. Lots of juicy stuff: security risks, open source goodness, RSS 2.0 ambiguities bleeding down into RSS 1.0. Bloglines being, uh, a little slow to catch up. And <a href='http://www.bugzilla.org/security/2.18.4/'>Atom being the solution</a>. My favorite quote: “If you need to use the character ‘<’ in a feed title, which Bugzilla absolutely does, you have exactly three choices: be invalid and work, be valid and fail, or, the *only* real choice, use Atom instead.” It works for some other people <a href='http://www.us-cert.gov/channels/'>who really care about security</a>, too. But maybe the security’s just a sideshow; the real benefit of moving to Atom would be to avoid the <a href='/ongoing/When/200x/2006/02/20/Mr-Safe'>annual RSS food-fight</a>.
 
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