Day: October 28, 2002

  • Keith Devens: PHP one-liner for for RSS:

    XMLRPC_request(“”, “/RPC2”, “rssUpdate”, array($name, $address))

    Of course, that uses Keith’s XML-RPC library.

  • Jeremy Zawodny reports on Rasmus Lerdorf’s PHPCon keynote:

    On Thursday morning, Rasmus Lerdorf (now working at Yahoo) gave the opening keynote. (Expect it to appear here someday.) He covered physics, rocket science, the web problem, and a little bit of PHP along the way. One of his main points was that the web problem isn’t fundamentally difficult. Unlike complex web software from various commercial vendors, PHP provides the basic tools to need to build solutions to “the web problem” without feeling like you need a degree in rocket science to get started.

  • Allie Rogers points out NewzCrawler, which looks like a pretty sweet Windows rss aggregator.  The features list is impressive.  It also does Usenet and allows you to post to your weblog.  Gosh darn cool!

    Update: I was able to slurp my mySubscriptions.opml file, and NewzCrawler is now importing all of the feeds that I currently follow.  Very cool stuff.

    It’s a cute little app, but I found myself going to the ‘make newspaper’ tool, which is basically like what I already have with Radio.  The app could use a little refinement, but it’s cute.

  • Paolo:

    The new toy from Palm: great, but where’s the killer app?

  • Tiki: Version 1.0 looks very clean.  Here are some additions in this version:

  • Blogs (including the XMLRPC Blogger API!)
  • Articles and submissions
  • Banners system
  • Dynamic content system
  • Integrated search engine
  • New rankings and RSS feeds
  • configurable home page
  • Editable templates
  • Many bugfixes and suggestions
  • From the Tiki freshmeat page:

    Tiki is software written in PHP4 to develop Web sites and applications. It includes a Wiki, Weblogs, a CMS system, a banner system, and a lot of other features. A permission system and admin panel allows any configuration for the application. It is template-based using Smarty and supports multiple languages and themes (CSS). There is complete documentation for users and developers.

    This looks like a clean and professional system if you are looking to implement a wiki.  Tiki includes a heck of a lot more, too.

  • CNet/Ian Fried:

    Aiming to kick-start a sluggish market for handhelds, Palm has unveiled two new devices for mobile professionals and businesses.

    They’re cool and all, don’t get me wrong.  I don’t know if I could justify $500 for PalmOS.  If I am going to spend that kind of money, I would probably sink it into a PocketPC.  The shot or two of PalmOS 5.0 looks great though.  It reminds me a bit of Apple’s Aqua.  The high end model has a 166MHz processor.  This is great, but isn’t that about a third of the horespower of a similarly priced PocketPC?

    They also have a Treo/Blackberry/PDA/Phone model that will sell for $549.  Good luck on that one.  It’s a great idea, but will people buy?

  • Benjamin Disraeli:

    There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

  • Keith Devens asks:

    I’ve always wondered this: How does an experienced developer dive into the code of a project he’s never looked at before? I mean, do you look at the makefile, see where the main is, and try to follow the execution of the program? Or do you first look at the file layout to try to get an idea of how the app is structured? Do you just open a file that looks interesting and start reading, following the chain of included files around until you get an idea of what some important files are? How do you start building a mental model of the structure of an application while you still have incomplete information as you’re reading the source, when you didn’t have any documentation in the first place?

    You get the idea. I bet people who are accustomed to reading other people’s source on a regular basis have a definite process they go through, and the experience they have helps them grasp the structure of a program quicker than others would be able to. Are there any secrets?

    Coffee is required, but beyond that, I don’t know.  I have never grokked source in a professional setting, usually for me it is makefiles or a little source if I’m curious.

  • Scott Johnson has coverage of PHPCon 2002.

    Wow. That and “Outstanding” are pretty much my comments on PHP Con 2002. Not only did they put on a great conference, everyone learned something (and I mean everyone), there were great networking opportunities.

    Read the rest if you are a phphead.

  • Linux Journal/Andrew Webber:

    Linux was originally written as a general-purpose operating system without any consideration for real-time applications. Recently Linux has become attractive to the real-time community due to its low cost and open standards. In order to make it more practical for the real-time community, patches have been written to affect such things as interrupt latency and context switch. These patches are public domain and are becoming part of the main Linux tree.

    A lot is going on in the embedded Linux community.  I attended a real-time and enbedded conference about 6 months ago, and there were several vendors there, each with their own customized toolchain.  Several of those vendors also had programmers that worked on kernel code, that then fed back to the community.  Good stuff.

  • CNet/Michael Kanellos: Dell thinks small.

    The OptiPlex SX260 is roughly the size and shape of a standard dictionary. The computer weighs 7.8 pounds and comes with an Intel Pentium 4 or Celeron processor and six USB ports. The computer can be mounted horizontally, vertically, under a desk, on a wall or behind a flat-panel monitor.


    The SX260 (the s stands for small) measures 9.7 inches by 9.5 inches and is roughly 50 percent smaller than Dell’s next smallest desktop. The most basic configuration sells for $599. A typical configuration will sell for $1,499 and come with a 2GHz Pentium 4, 256MB of memory, a 20GB hard drive, a 15-inch flat panel and a CD-ROM drive.

    And to think that I paid close to three grand for a decked out Dell PII-450 with a 19″ monitor years ago.  Markets change.

  • Doug Kaye has just posted an essay entitled The Web Services Technology Pipeline.  Read it and let him know what you think.