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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Client-Side Storage in Web 2.0 Applications

This looks to be a fantastic breakthrough. I think Brian A. will get a kick out of the storage system he describes... it sounds awfully familiar. ;-)

I'm proud to announce the immediate availability of and a new web-based editor named Moxie.

Imagine if web applications could store megabytes of data on the client-side, in the browser, both persistently and securely. No server needed.

I'm going to have to implement this for Conversant. Soon.

(Thanks for the link, Daniel.)

Friday, April 21, 2006

Character Sets "Oops"

After my last post about switching to UTF-8 for all of our content in Conversant, people wrote to say that my XML feed had problems since we made the change.

Heh. That's ironic.

Anyway, some wrote to me privately, as if a bug is something I'd be embarrassed about. "Oh no! A bug in the software! Say it isn't so!" All this time I thought my software was bug-free, like everybody else's. (What matters is how we deal with them. They're inevitable.)

Well, now the bug should be fixed. All "above ascii" text in the XML output was being automatically converted to numerical entities (like &234;), but that's no longer necessary when the output is UTF-8.

In other words, my “curly quotes” — and long dashes — should all look fine now. Feel free to give me a shout if something looks wrong, though.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Conversant Patterns Contest is Live!

At long last, the Conversant patterns contest is live!

Prizes include a 60 GB video iPod with a $50 iTunes gift certificate, a 30 GB iPod, and one year of Macrobyte's "Domain Hosting" package!

This contest was originally the idea of Terry Frazier. Terry, Clark Venable, and Macrobyte are the sponsors.

We've been planning this for months. :-)

Friday, June 3, 2005

Setting Attributes on Elements in Frontier's Compiled XML

Ugh, the subject is a mouthful, but the topic is very simple if you know Frontier at all.

To any Frontier developers who read my site but may not be paying attention to the kernel developer's mailing list: could you take a look at this message and tell me if you see any problems with my little suggestion?

Please, no ranting about... well, anything. It's a given that this is a feature we should have had yesterday.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

The Unpublished Hack: UDDI in Mozilla

This is one of the five 'hacks' that I wrote for the book, Firefox Hacks. It wasn't included in the book because it's too geeky even for most advanced web developers, and Firefox's support for UDDI is incomplete. Still, if you need to work with UDDI, then Firefox could make an excellent test-bed because it's so easy to rapidly develop a user interface, and the missing pieces are easy to download and install.

This guide is just intended to help you start working with UDDI in Firefox. It's not comprehensive, by any means. If you know nothing about UDDI, the best you'll get here is a link for learning more somewhere else.

Note that everything mentioned in this 'hack' applies equally to Firefox and the Mozilla Application Suite (a.k.a. Seamonkey).

Read Hacking on UDDI in Mozilla or Firefox.

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