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Archive for March, 2008

The Best?

I’m not in a position to confirm the fact that these are ‘the best links’, but as a compilation of essential links on Adobe Flex it will do nicely: Best Adobe Flex Resources and Tutorial Sites.

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Snake Oil?

Not snake oil, I think: Cobra is a newcomer that promises a lot. E.g. like Eiffel, it has “contracts” that define the invariants of a method. I like that a lot, but it remains to be seen if Cobra can get enough traction in the developer community…

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I love to read, even on the Internet, but this is overkill for me: popurls® | popular urls to the latest web buzz.

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Not only the iPhone is being discussed in this debate about code signing and software distribution. I learned that the OS on my new iMac already incorporates some of those practices… My take: I can understand, even applaud, the benefits of code signing – but code signing is NOT code distribution. I think we’re all better off if the two remain separate, i.e. not controlled by the same person or instance.

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Anuj Gakhar wrote a small but useful tool to convert an XML string (like the content of an XML file) into a ColdFusion Struct. The code runs in CFMX 6.1, 7 and 8, and is also available on Riaforge.org. I haven’t done any measurements, but I suspect that CF handles Structs much faster than XML.

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Google Wiki

Google has recently launched Google Sites. Sites is a tool for team collaboration on “documents” – but these documents are actually web pages. Technically, it’s a Wiki, since the code is (or at least is based on) a prouct that used to be called JotSpot. I have never used JotSpot, so I’m not in a posiiton to compare what was and what is. But after a few quick tests I can say this: Googles Sites is simple to use, fast and quite usable for simple sites. When I compare it toWikispaces, I see that Google is missing functions in areas like site management, page history or page discussions. Perhaps that will come later? If it does, Google Sites may well become a major player in the Wiki arena.

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Yet Another Use For Wikis

Yet another use for Wikis: “Wikileaks believes that best way to determine if a document is authentic is to open it up for analysis to the broader community“. As noted on the site, there’s no way to avoid attempts to leak forged or completely false documents. But Wikileaks is based on the assumption that analysis of a document by the largest community possible is a good, if not the best, way to ascertain the veracity of that document. As a historian I demand the right to remain partially unconvinced by that assumption; as an Internet user with a keen interest in non-commercial uses of the Internet I applaud this attempt to fight for maximum transparency of governments and corporations – it’s an interesting form of (much-needed) resistance to political and economical propaganda.

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