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scriptingNews outline for 12/19/2000
Author: Dave Winer Posted: 12/19/2000; 4:48:12 AM Topic: scriptingNews outline for 12/19/2000 Msg #: 22023 Prev/Next: 22022 / 22024
Coming soon, slides for Manila, authored in Radio.
Eric Kidd is doing an XML-RPC library for C, seeks help.
Salon thinks Apple can be fixed by shipping Windows machines?
dbXML will have an outliner to manage the db.
Aaron Cope has a DHTML browser for SuperOpenDirectory. It doesn't traverse inclusions, but it's still a blade of grass, a fairly big one.
Erik Thauvin: "I've written a Perl script which automatically converts IE's favorites to OPML."
Eric Soroos is looking for an XML-RPC client for Excel. Now that would be truly weird. (Remember weird is good.)
FlashMagazine requires Flash. (Of course.)
xmloperator is an XML editor.
CNET: "The final release of Mac OS X is on the way, but does Apple's operating system revolution mean you should abandon OS 9?"
France.Internet.Com: "En effet, le protocole est décrit comme une API web, qui s'appuie sur le XML."
What is XDegrees?
Desktop Web Apps
For the last two days I've been working on a desktop Web app. The server is on your desktop machine, as is the browser.
This is a decentralization thing. You get a whole server for yourself. It's fast, it can do more for you, and you have full control of your data. It interfaces with desktop tools for editing lists, the one thing a Web browser doesn't do easily. (Try entering a list into any Web app. It's always convoluted.)
It's totally rational, easy to program, no scaling wall in sight.
Fly in the ointment
I use Windows 2000 and MSIE 5.5. It works great here. Fast.
However, the software I am writing will be available for the Mac. And on Macs, apparently, Microsoft has a long-standing bug that makes the browser horribly inefficient for talking to a server if it's running on the same machine.
I can't do anything beyond pointing this out. I believe I already have. I'm not sure if it's been fixed. The users will have to work with Microsoft people to figure out which versions have the problem, and work on a fix.
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