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Friday, 2nd November 2007

Figuring out OpenSocial

So it’s out, and lots of people are talking about it, but I’m still trying to work out exactly what it is. There seem to be two parts to it: a standardised set of GData APIs for accessing lists of friends and their activities (like the Facebook news feed) and a bunch of JavaScript APIs for enabling developers to write hostable widgets and “container sites” to embed those widgets.

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Hello 2.0. Revver, one of the more established video startups, have launched their new version which is powered by Django.

# 7:03 am / django, python, revver, startups, video

But here's the thing: Regular people on the web love Snap previews. I know you don't believe it - I didn't want to believe it. But it's completely true. In the testing and feedback I've seen, it's some emotional pull about the fact that links "do something" now, instead of just being on the page.

Anil Dash

# 6:49 am / anil-dash, annoyances, livejournal, snap, snappreviews, usability

Bit Twiddling Hacks. I’ve never been much of a bit twiddler, but I’ve always felt I should learn.

# 6:49 am / binary, bits, bittwiddling, hacks, programming

The Web Application Scale of Stupidity goes from OGF (One Giant Function) to OOP (Object Oriented Programming), like this: OGF ——– sanity ——— OOP

Cal Henderson (paraphrased)

# 6:23 am / calhenderson, objects, ogf, onegiantfunction, oop, peter-van-dijck, php, programming

Papercraft Portal. Maybe we do need a colour printer after all...

# 6:21 am / craft, papercraft, portal, valvesoftware, want

PyObjC 2.0 changes (via) All the good stuff that’s in PyObjC 2.0, released as part of Leopard. According to bbum this is the most significant release of PyObjC in 7 years.

# 6:18 am / bbum, bill-bumgarner, osx, pyobjc, python

The Story Behind ES4. If you’re scratching your head at the recent eruption of acrimony surrounding ECMAScript 4 (the next standardised version of JavaScript) Neil Mix has a relatively easy to follow catch-up post.

# 6:15 am / ecmascript, es4, javascript, neilmix, standards

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