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· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · December
· · · · 20 (4 entries)

Language Landscape · As the year winds down, the programming-language news keeps flow­ing; at this point I wouldn’t be sur­prised by ma­jor New Year’s Eve an­nounce­ments. Bruce Eck­el wrote The de­par­ture of the hyper-enthusiasts, a lengthy riff on Beyond Ja­va, giv­ing Bruce Tate a hard time on some is­sues and rant­ing away in­for­ma­tive­ly on Ru­by & Python & Zope & EJBs & Rails & lots more; he’s a lit­tle less en­am­ored of Ru­by than oth­er­s. Speak­ing of Rail­s, David Heine­meier Hans­son re­sponds at length. If you’re go­ing to read the­se, do not fail to read the com­ments, which are even more in­ter­est­ing and in­for­ma­tive; Bruce Tate turns up in both con­ver­sa­tion­s. The oth­er item that caught my eye was Cameron Pur­dy not­ing that Cau­cho claims to have a mod­ule that com­piles PHP to byte­codes and runs it on the JVM four times faster than mod­_php (first bench­mark, but on a re­al app not syn­thet­ic). It’s GPL’ed. This is more than a lit­tle sur­pris­ing. I’ve been cam­paign­ing heav­i­ly in the Ja­va com­mu­ni­ty at large and here at Sun specif­i­cal­ly to make dy­nam­ic lan­guages on the JVM a ma­jor pri­or­i­ty, but I’d nev­er re­al­ly fo­cused on PHP, be­cause I didn’t know any­one was even work­ing on the prob­lem. (Wel­l, to be hon­est, al­so be­cause PHP has al­ways made me ner­vous.) This changes the “On Beyond Java” pic­ture. [Late ad­di­tion: last word to Steve Jen­son.]
 
New Technorati Stuff · Dave’s post­ed a note about the new re­sults list, and it’s an im­prove­ment all right. But I’ve been pay­ing more at­ten­tion to the Ex­plore thing they’re work­ing on over in the kitchen; for ex­am­ple, Pol­i­tics. There’s a re­al in­ter­est­ing com­bi­na­tion of tag and link-rank and re­lat­ed­ness pro­cess­ing lurk­ing in here some­where try­ing to get out. [Dis­clo­sure: I’m on their ad­vi­so­ry board­.]
 
Disclosure · For some time, I’ve been ap­pend­ing “Disclosure: I may have a con­flict of in­ter­est with re­spect to Technorati” when­ev­er I men­tion them. I’m hap­py to re­port that, as of this week, I do have a con­flict of in­ter­est; the ap­proval pro­cess worked its way through mul­ti­ple lev­els of ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tees and I’m of­fi­cial­ly al­lowed to be a mem­ber of the Tech­no­rati ad­vi­so­ry board. Who knows, maybe they’ll start tak­ing my ad­vice. While I wish I could see how this whole Web-as-living-data-stream thing is go­ing to turn out, I can’t. But it’s clear­ly a world-changer.
 
What the Spooks Know · There’s this wire­tap­ping scan­dal swirling around Wash­ing­ton; the pol­i­tics of it are easy to un­der­stand, but it’s got some in­ter­est­ing tech­nol­o­gy di­men­sion­s. Here­with a look from the prospec­tive of a search-technology pro­fes­sion­al who’s got a de­cent layperson’s un­der­stand­ing of in­tel­li­gence ca­pa­bil­i­ties ...
 
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