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· · · November
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S for Simple · I feel guilty some­times about the lull in my WS-Rants, be­cause the forces of WS-Complexity and WS-Darkness are out there evan­ge­liz­ing tire­less­ly. But to­day I feel bet­ter, be­cause there are pow­er­ful WS-dialogues out there speak­ing truth to con­fu­sion. Dun­can Cragg has pub­lished Get­ting Da­ta and Set­ting Da­ta, which he says are the first two of a nine-part (!) se­ries en­ti­tled The REST Dia­logues. Quite sound and in­sight­ful, I think. But laugh­ter is di­vine and the di­vine trumps the ra­tio­nal; in that spir­it I rec­om­mend Pete Lacey’s The S stands for Sim­ple, which is in a class by it­self. [Up­date: DHH piles on.] [Up­date: Nel­son Mi­nar too.] [Up­date: and Sam Ru­by]. [Up­date: Lacey’s follow-up, They can’t hear you, is a must-read.]
XML 2006 · We’re on­ly three weeks away from XML 2006. Which brings to mind that it was ten years ago at that same con­fer­ence (d­if­fer­ent name then) that we showed the world the first draft of the XML spec. It was a carefully-staged even­t, and one of the most in­tense 45 min­utes in my life. Ah... Back to this year. Looks like David Meg­gin­son has put to­geth­er a pro­gram that is no­tably free of the usu­al sus­pects and rich with new stuff. I see pre­sen­ters from Google and the Mot­ley Fool, and on PHP and (my good­ness) JSON. Looks very good.
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