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Do Databases Suck? · A couple of month ago I was writing about a C coding project; that code is now wired into the 4.1 release of Visual Net, which comes out sometime early next year, and there’s an interesting optimization lesson or two buried in there ...
Unflash · At Antarctica, for version 3.0 of Visual Net, we added a Flash-based user interface to our traditional HTML flavor. For 4.0, which ships sometime before end-of-year, we’ll be backing it out and sticking to dynamic HTML. It’s the right thing to do, but the choice wasn’t a slam-dunk. Herewith a look at the pros and cons ...
About as Big as the Web · In recent months, I've been having serious fun on the job working with OCLC WorldCat data. WorldCat is big - about as big as the Web, and in some respects richer. It is also amazingly under-utilized (what was the last time you did a large-scale search on anything but Google?), and we'd like to fix that. Herewith some notes on who OCLC is, what WorldCat is, and some of the fun we're having. (Warning: long, and with some pitching for Antarctica; but some juicy screenies, and infojunkies must read.) ...
Speaking of Browsers... Hooray! · We had a meeting at work this afternoon and decided to drop product support for release 4 browsers! I'm so happy. If you do browser-based software, you should give this serious consideration too; it buys you a lot and doesn't cost very much ...
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