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Archive for September, 2004

Breaking A Frontier: Frontier, which is basically the kernel of Manila, is going ‘open source’. Manila, of course, is what powers this site.

What will the new Frontier mean for me? Well, I haven’t had much time to think about it. Besides, I will first have to look up my “old” Frontier 4 code at work – I think it hasn’t been used for many years ;-)

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-09-29

As Always, Under Pressure. Rationality and science are not a given thing; indeed, some people think that “democracy” means that religion and beliefs should receive the same status and attention in education. Take the “great American debate” on Darwins Theory of Evolution: even today, the Crusade Against evolution (Wired) goes on: “Hey, these people sound reasonable. They argue, ‘People have different opinions, we should present those opinions in school.’ That is nonsense. Some people have opinions that the Holocaust never happened, but we don’t teach that in history”“. Let’s not forget that some right-wing diehards would like to rewrite history as well – even or especially when talking about the Holocaust. We’ll just have to keep up the fight against bogus criticism of science, whether that science is history or biology or any other.

And Besides, Here’s Another Proof That God Does Not ExistAlmighty Wind (snopes.com).

 

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-09-28

More Than A Show. Today marks the public kick-off of the Photokina. I visited the exhibition once, in 1980 or 1981 if memory serves me well. Of course, the imaging world has changed dramatically in the mean time – and I wish I had the time to spend two days gazing at all the new digital cameras of 2004.

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For Geeks…, yet simple: “Virtual Hosting on Mac OS X“. I’ll be using this script while testing a few experiments the coming weeks and/or months.

Got A Bloggable Wiki? Developers are notouriously bad at writing documentation, even when they just have to put it in the source code. Since I’m in no position to add some kind of blogging device to Macromedia’s source code editor in Dreamweaver (nor Eclipse’s, for that matter), that means I have to find another way to remove the writer’s block of my collegues. We already use a Wiki engine (it’s JSPWiki as I’m sure I mentioned before), but I’ld love to get a real sense of history about a component or a piece of code by keeping a sort of diary next to it. So here’s what I would like to do: use a Wiki for the general concept of the documentation site, and add blog-like functionality for those pages where I need to see the appearence of time lines. I’ll really have to check out the weblog features of JSPWiki before looking at other tools, of course.

 

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Just A Thought: “Open Source” is the ultimate form of “listening to your customer”, or Extreme Customer Involvement. By the way, should I copyright that term, or something like “Development by Extreme Customer Involvement” (DECI)?

Speak Louder, PleasePeople want — and arguably need — to try out the new toys that IT can’t control. Maybe IT should institutionalize a sandbox in which to do that.. Maybe my boss will hear it too…

 

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It’s OK To Be Proud. Today, I succeeded in writing a complete (and admittedly small) intranet application with the Coldfusion Mach-II framework in less than 4 hours, including a bit of documentation. Not an earth-shattering exploit, and I’m sure it could have been written faster, without Mach-II, in any number of languages, by any one of all those developers who can crank out code faster than I can type this text. But the next one will be done faster – I still learn from my mistakes. In the meantime, I’ll start thinking about the evolution of Mach-II, like many others – I’m happy to see a bit of action in the Mach-II world, because I started to fear that Mach-II would end up like so many Open Source projects: usable up to a (high) degree, but devoid of a beating heart and thus life.

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Jawohl. Two Macintosh-related links, in German:

  • metamac is a news site (have patience, the homepage is a bit slow)
  • Mac-Galerie shows a collection of “historical Mac’s”

 

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You Don’t Need A Content Management System If Nobody Is Consuming Your ContentWhat Newspapers and Their Web Sites Must Do to Survive. Transpose to other types of “publication” as necessary… I’d say that even the iPod fits into this reasoning: “personalisation” in the sense adapting to the personal preferences of a single consumer is becoming a core feature of succesful products.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-09-21

I’ll Wait For The 1.0 Vote In November…. I can’t decide whether betavote.com is a useful exercice in democracy, or just a silly idea. No, I don’t care about the single online Bush-voter in Tajikistan. No, I haven’t voted (and I won’t), because no American voter is going to be influenced by the results… Then again, from what I have seen in TV interviews I do not think the average American voter is being influenced by “content” either, just by religious fervour and a “hey this guy would be a nice grandfather/uncle/…” feeling. But you, dear reader, should take a look at the BBC article Bush and Kerry battle over science – after all, these may well be the subjects that will shape the world of the next century, rather than what happens in Afghanistan or Iraq…

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-09-20

1.0 Coming Up. It’s easy to forget that Firefox is only being prepped for its 1.0 release, since the program has reached a level of stability and maturity that are beyond reproach since quite some time! So let me give the 1.0 Preview Release, which is now being spread, a clear thumbs-up. For those who care about such futilities: yes, of course I’m using that release to post this message!

Fifty Years Ago… the first FORTRAN program ran on an IBM 704 computer. Yes, that’s fifty as in “50”; call it 5 decades. Amazing and chilling at the same time: that number clearly marks IT as a craft with a history.

 

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CM and Open Source. Matthew Schmidt at the JavaLobby is battling with Content Management systems (CMS), trying out tools like Magnolia and OpenCMS. I can’t offer him a quick solution, because

  • CM is a vast problem domain, and much depends upon the exact requirements of an organisation;
  • both these as well as the rest of the CMS pack have probably evolved significantly since I last tried them;
  • there are new contenders on the market, like Daisy (on top of Cocoon), Apache LenyaHyperContent, and many more – and any of them may well be better than what you have seen or used until now.

Anyway, all of the tools mentioned in this post fall in the category of “web content management tools”, geared towards the management of Internet and intranet sites – with the possible exception of OpenCMS. If I recall correctly, OpenCMS can be used as a basis for development of applications that run “within” OpenCMS. But even then, the standard version of OpenCMS does not come with tools for anything but web site management… In other words, the open sourced Enterprise Content Management landscape is still pretty barren. Not too surprising a conclusion, I suppose, for a problem domain as complex and vast as ECM…

 

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Flex Versus JSP. I have said before that Macromedia’s Flex could be an important contender in the “rich client application” domain, but I have not yet found the time nor the means to investigate Flex development for myself. But not to worry: Peter Ent has tried out Flex and reports on it while building Flex Prototype Applications. And he has more to say about the different technologies he has been using, including PHP and Flash.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-09-16

What An Idea. Bush “… can be President of Iraq (they have lots of oil) and Kerry can be President of the United States and help dig us out of the mess” (from Scripting News).

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Booch Is On. Contrary to what happened three weeks ago, I managed to get registered at Grady Booch’s Handbook of Software Architecture. Time to start reading – but where am I going to find that time?

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-09-14

Far Eastern Goodies. Sometimes I wish I could imagine living in Japan. There’s that alluring past, with intriguing cultural highlights, and a strange way of living a combination of high-tech and centuries of bushido, geishas and tea. And now there is also a new toy by Sony: a PDA using an organic LED display. For a picture of the new PEG-VZ90, take a look at the Heise Online Newsticker.

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