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Past the AJAX Hype - - Rick Strahl

by akselsoft In reply to Andrew MacNeill - AKSEL S ...

Rick is wondering about where to put Ajax technology in something like the West-Wind store.
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<br />I've been reading a lot of the <a href="http://www.softwareas.com/">Michael Mahemoff</a>'s posts about Ajax as well as I become more and more familiar with Ajax.
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<br />Certainly, it makes certain things easier to work with but it is just an approach that reduces screen redraws and server trips.
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<br />That said, where could it be used in an e-commerce approach?
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<br />1. Searching for products in a large inventory. As it finds new items, they get added to the list of what's available.
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<br />2. Recommended items based on what a user has chosen.
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<br />3. Reducing the way "pages" are handled in a web -based application. Instead of having to go back to the server for each page, it could "flip" automatically.
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<br />Sure, these are things that can be done today with a traditional approach but they all require server round-trips. You order an item and then once it's been processed, it makes some suggestions. When I am just looking at a product, it would be cool if it could make recommendations without requiring an obvious trip back to the server.
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<br />Take a read through Rick's post, though - as he makes some valuable points about the impact Ajax may have on scalability.
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<br />In the end, I think the AJAX approach will be just that - an approach to making web applications work better. It changes the expectation that users have about web applications - web apps don't have to be slow and cumbersome - they can be instant and fast just like their desktop counterparts.
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<br />(Of course, if developers just made their desktop apps slower, then we wouldn't have this problem would we?)
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<br /><a href="http://west-wind.com/weblog/posts/2725.aspx">Past the AJAX Hype - Some things to think about - Rick Strahl's WebLog</a><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://akselsoft.blogspot.com/2005/08/past-ajax-hype-rick-strahl.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Mozilla Foundation Announces Creation of Mozilla Corporation - MozillaZine Talkback

by akselsoft In reply to Andrew MacNeill - AKSEL S ...

As noted on Cnet's <a href="http://www.techpodcasts.com/content/view/89/29/">Buzz Out Loud </a>, all for tax reasons - ah yes...
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<br />Not for partnering with other companies such as <a href="http://www.google.com">Google</a>? Of course not.
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<br />Let's see...Mozilla provides a full cross-platform development environment with <a href="http://www.xulplanet.com">Xul</a> and then Google provides the home page...who needs a GoogleOS? Would this be called Mozoogle or simply Goozilla?
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<br /><a href="http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=7085">Mozilla Foundation Announces Creation of Mozilla Corporation - MozillaZine Talkback</a><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://akselsoft.blogspot.com/2005/08/mozilla-foundation-announces-creation.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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I won with Dave's iPAQ

by akselsoft In reply to Andrew MacNeill - AKSEL S ...

Well that was fun. Just got a Skype call from Dave Ciccone at Dave's ipaq. Looks like I won the iPaq hw6300 they were offering through their <a href="http://davesipaq.com/archive.php?c=22&type=n">podcast</a>.
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<br />Nothing like being "skyped" when you won! Thanks Dave!
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<br />Can't wait to try this phone out.
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<br /><a href="http://davesipaq.com/">iPAQ news, reviews, shopping, discussions @ Dave's iPAQ</a><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://akselsoft.blogspot.com/2005/08/i-won-with-daves-ipaq.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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ScreenCasting just got a lot easier - thanks to GoToMeeting

by akselsoft In reply to Andrew MacNeill - AKSEL S ...

The latest version of <a href="https://www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts">GoToMeeting </a> now includes recording functionality as well as annotation.
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<br />This means that you can record a meeting (yes, you still need a microphone for the audio) and annotate it during the meeting and then play it back.
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<br />Yes, for more advanced usage, you may still want to use <a href="http://www.techsmith.com">Camtasia </a> or the free Camstudio product.
<br /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://akselsoft.blogspot.com/2005/08/screencasting-just-got-lot-easier.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Joel on Software - Hitting the High Notes

by akselsoft In reply to Andrew MacNeill - AKSEL S ...

Great article on hiring great programmers, as opposed to good ones.
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<br />What's interesting is when Joel takes the stats of min vs max hours and then only looks at the top 25% (in terms of grades) - the differences in time are still there. As he notes with these studies: The quality of the work and the amount of time spent are simply uncorrelated.
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<br />It's not just a matter of "10 times more productive." It's that the "average productive" developer never hits the high notes that make great software.
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<br /><a href="http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/HighNotes.html">Joel on Software - Hitting the High Notes</a><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://akselsoft.blogspot.com/2005/08/joel-on-software-hitting-high-notes.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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FoxTalk 2.0 GDI Article Available Online

by akselsoft In reply to Andrew MacNeill - AKSEL S ...

Craig's GDI article is now online at the FoxTalk 2.0 site. As Craig shows, GDI+ isn't just for FoxPro reports. You can also do it with forms as well.
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<br /><a href="http://www.sweetpotatosoftware.com/SPSBlog/PermaLink,guid,1e3a72fe-ffba-43fe-97bf-d0856a435750.aspx">The SPS Weblog - FoxTalk 2.0 GDI Article Available Online</a><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://akselsoft.blogspot.com/2005/08/foxtalk-20-gdi-article-available.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot

by akselsoft In reply to Andrew MacNeill - AKSEL S ...

Kevin notes that the entry for xBase says you have to use Clipper to shoot yourself in the foot. But if you read a little further,you'll see:
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<br />dBase
<br />You buy a gun. Bullets are only available from another company and are promised to work so you buy them. Then you find out that the next version of the gun is the one that is scheduled to actually shoot bullets.
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<br />That sounds like an awful lot of other products that aren't mentioned in this article too.
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<br />But I love the ones near the bottom :
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<br />Perl
<br />You shoot yourself in the foot, but can't figure out how you did it so you find a dozen new ways to do it.
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<br />Python
<br />You shoot yourself in the foot and everything goes so smoothly that you go ahead to to shoot yourself in the other foot then your legs, then your torso and then your head. Problem solved.
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<br /><a href="http://weblogs.foxite.com/kevinragsdale/archive/2005/08/02/854.aspx">How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot</a><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://akselsoft.blogspot.com/2005/08/how-to-shoot-yourself-in-foot.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Alex Feldstein - Welcome Claudio

by akselsoft In reply to Andrew MacNeill - AKSEL S ...

<a href="http://www.bloglines.com/blog/AlexFeldstein?id=479">Alex Feldstein </a> notes that Claudio has started two blogs - sounds like the boys at EPS are really embracing the blogosphere.
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<br />Welcome aboard!<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://akselsoft.blogspot.com/2005/08/alex-feldstein-welcome-claudio.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Glen Taylor's WinMerge plugin for VFP files

by akselsoft In reply to Andrew MacNeill - AKSEL S ...

Glen Taylor just released a plug-in for WinMerge that makes it easier to compare Visual FoxPro's VCX, SCX ,FRX and LBX files.
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<br />This is "for those who are not using the Source Control integration in VFP where you put the project into Source Control and VFP uses SCCTEXT to build the VCA, SCA and etc files."
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<br />Definitely interested in that!
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<br /><a href="http://blog.visionpace.com/2005/08/winmerge_plugin.html">Visionpace: WinMerge plugin for VFP files</a><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://akselsoft.blogspot.com/2005/08/glen-taylors-winmerge-plugin-for-vfp.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Claudio : What's up with zero-based arrays?

by akselsoft In reply to Andrew MacNeill - AKSEL S ...

Claudio - I always thought that it was because C programmers didn't know how to count (or was it ActiveX developers?) <g>
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<br />Maybe it was just the Microsoft ActiveX guys - because by the time they got to the Outlook object model, at least they remembered that 1=1.
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<br />It may just be a throwback to when people said "I'm going to punish the punchcard guy by shuffling his cards" or wouldn't it be fun to do
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<br />#DEFINE True .F.
<br />#DEFINE False .T.
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<br />right at the start of my code?
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<br />But your comment on "logic" reminded me: I took a philosophy class in university and after going through Plato, Aristotle and others, we came to logic. Do you know what the prof said? (this is why I hated that class)
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<br />"Don't try to understand logic - Logic doesn't make sense - just memorize it" - Philosophy professor , Trent University, Canada around 1989.
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<br />In fact, Logic (and Aristotle) were about the only things that made sense in that whole class.
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<br />(I think the prof must have become an ActiveX developer <bg&gt
<br /><a href="http://spaces.msn.com/members/claudiolassala/Blog/cns!1p4pyQ66nchN5pNKVYYi-XPg!107.entry">Claudio Lassala: What's up with zero-based arrays?</a><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://akselsoft.blogspot.com/2005/08/claudio-whats-up-with-zero-based.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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