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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2006-10-31

Sad Story: “De situatie voor Nikonistas in België is reeds geruime tijd hopeloos“. I don’t know any Japanese, Steven, but in English this means: in Belgium, the situation for Nikon customers is desperate since many months. Why? Because Nikon France decided the local distributor wasn’t good enough, and they could do better. But that ain’t so: as customers we only get delays and delays and excuses…

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XML Is Not Dead. There has been a lot of hype around XML the last few years, and at the same time XML has been harshly criticized as being too verbose and too hard to handle in applications. I won’t annoy you with the “only use a tool when it’s appropriate” sermon; just know that XML is not on the way out. Interestingly enough, I found two references to alternatives for XML this week. Both are based on Java, and both pertain to system configuration. Frank Sommers cites Van Simmons on the ComputeCycles project, where Groovy is used to replace XML. The gosling project is based on Ant, and it uses the Ant classes as a foundation; instead of writing XML you just write Java classes to achieve the same functionality.

More Groovy. Another interesting Groovy-based project is Grails. Grails promises to be an easy way to do “Agile, Industrial Strength, Rapid Web application Development“, by using the concepts and ideas from the famous Ruby on Rails framework. I don’t have any experience with Groovy, but Grails may well be a good starting point to try Groovy, at least for a web developer like me.

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The Kids Will Be Happy. I have just found out about it a few days ago, but I guess the news is already a bit stale… Never mind: at least my children will be able to build whatever they want, without having to nag me about a lack of bricks of a certain form or colour – with the LEGO Digital Designer. I may be mistaken, but it seems like a long time that Lego made serious software for Mac OS X, so this is good news in more than one way.

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Wiki As A Portal: yes, it can be done, and it may well be just what is needed in the case of an emerging technology like AJAX. So here it is: the Ajax portal and Book Homepage aka “Ajax Patterns. The publicly editable repository of all things Ajax“.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2006-10-17

As Always: Ideas must come first, tools and materials are secondary. Just look at these paper cuts. Here’s a teaser:

One of the works of Peter Callesen

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Totally Hot? No, that’s not what I would call it. But: it’s a great example of what Web 2.0 is about, i.e. more control to the user. And since I’m a Bloglines user (and an OS X user as well), this is a handy resource: an OS X skin for Bloglines – in CSS.

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Site Of The Daydrupal.org. Why? Because I attented an presentation on Drupal by Dries Buytaert, the man who started and still guides this project. I had lost sight of Drupal after a quick evaluation almost three years ago; as a Web Content Management system Drupal has certainly grown since then. I can see why even big shots like Yahoo! (for part of its intranet) or the United Nations choose Drupal over other Open Source solutions: it’s a remarkably flexible and extensible tool. I might even overlook the fact that it is built in PHP (<grin> and <big-smile>)…

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