August is supposed to be the slow time of year. Not! Is there ever a lot of interesting stuff out there. Today we have WS-funnies, OOXML Purdah, Web names, Internet Registry structures, and Ruby metaprogramming craziness.
[Enough with that deranged snickering! -Ed.]
Office XML Standardization · There’s so much shouting going on around the effort to get OOXML an ISO fast-track blessing, you might think it’d be hard to find anyone saying anything different. Alex Brown is, in OOXML Purdah.
Naming Things · This is well-known to be hard in the general case; one of the reasons the Web works is that it has a tractable approach to the problem; not perfect, but tractable at the scale of the Internet, which is no small achievement. This doesn’t mean that assigning names to things in your Web apps is easy. In Web resource mapping criteria for frameworks, Bill de hÓra dives deep on the subject.
XML for Internet Registries · There’s a proposal afoot to store some of the basic IANA registries in XML. I’ve been asked my opinion. I suspect that my readers might have something to say, which I would appreciate hearing.
The Methodphitamine · That’s the name of Jay Phillips’ metaprogramming model and his write-up of it.
I’m pretty sure that as a name, it sucks. As an example of the apparently infinite richness lurking under Ruby’s hood, it’s mind-boggling and awe-inspiring.
I’m not sure I actually like it.