Dave Johnson on open web technologies, social software and Java
Tim O'Reilly: I was just browsing the buzz game, and discovered something that surprised me. While the futures market still has its money on Eclipse, in the past year Netbeans has passed Eclipse in actual Yahoo! search volume.
Ian Kallen: Google is pretty much operating an open-relay, the blogosphere's equivalent of an SMTP spam-mill, because they lack the imagination to watch their own numbers and their spam rolls out unabated. This has been a ballooning problem for at least a year and a half. It's actually kinda inconvenient. Don't think they haven't been advised. Long before maverick-man coined the term "splog" I'd been sending my friends at the big G data on the extent of their problems. They know.
Roders Caldenhead: A new era begins today for the RSS Advisory Board, an independent organization formed in 2003 that publishes the Really Simple Syndication (RSS) specification, helps developers create RSS applications and broadens public understanding of the format.And they released draft 1 of a new RSS specification that looks like... gasp... a real specification! They're are not trying to change RSS. They're just trying to create a better spec and that's a good thing.
The board is taking on eight new members: Meg Hourihan, LoÃ¯c Le Meur, Eric Lunt, Ross Mayfield, Jenny Levine, Randy Charles Morin, Greg Reinacker and Dave Sifry. I'm serving as chairman this year unless they kick me to the curb.
Yes that's right: Ted Husted (of Struts fame) is blogging!
Ted Husted: The OpenOffice suite provides an interesting opportunity for open source products. Since the suite is free, open source, and multiplatform, using this tool with our projects is little different than using Subversion or Ant.
Problem is, the format is not change-log friendly. By design, all changes made to a ASF product are logged to one of the mailing lists, where they become part of our "communal memory". When a change is made to an OpenOffice document and checked into the repository, it is logged as a change to a binary file. No one watching the project knows what changed unless they spend several minutes opening the document and reviewing the internal change log.
Albeit, Roller is deliberating whether to use the OpenOffice to maintain it's user documentation. The vote is pending now. Since OpenOffice can save to multiple formats, my suggestion is that we also checkin a companion HTML document, so that everyone can see what changes in real time. We'd contnue to edit the ODF file, and just Save As to HTML before checking in both files. Film at 11.
Matt Raible: It's interesting to hear someone from Sun say that "JDO is dead". What are your thoughts? Should Roller change their persistence backend just to satisfy Apache?
Chris Adamson: Pixel-accuracy has led to a miserable fool's errand for both of the major Java GUI toolkits, Swing and SWT. Being rather coupled to the native Windows API's, SWT should enjoy a huge advantage here, but its obsessive fidelity to Windows' GUI shows no signs of ushering in a new era of Java Desktop development... just a lot of very loud evangelists, and complaints about its performance on other platforms. Swing, despite its bulk and sometimes ruefully ornate design, is probably better suited for the long run, because its goals are ultimately based in functionality, not appearance.