Simon Willison’s Weblog


Wednesday, 14th January 2009

For some reason, in their story on the study, the Times had an ax to grind with Google. Our work has nothing to do with Google. Our focus was exclusively on the Web overall, and we found that it takes on average about 20 milligrams of CO2 per second to visit a Web site.

Alex Wissner-Gross

# 9:15 am / alex-wissner-gross, co2, google, the-times

The History of Python (via) “A series of articles on the history of the Python programming language and its community”, being compiled by Guido plus guest authors.

# 9:42 am / guido-van-rossum, history, programming, python

jQuery 1.3 and the jQuery Foundation. The IP for jQuery and jQuery UI now rests with the Software Freedom Conservancy (a smart alternative to setting up a brand new foundation), while Sizzle is a separate project looked after by the Dojo Foundation.

# 5:59 pm / dojofoundation, javascript, jquery, jqueryui, sizzle, software-freedom-conservancy

jQuery 1.3 release notes. Sizzle (new selector engine, available separately), Live Events (a variant of event delegation), Feature Detection (instead of user agent sniffing), faster HTML injection and more.

# 6 pm / jquery, liveevents, sizzle

jQuery queue method. New in jQuery 1.3, but quite far down the release notes. This finally allows low-level control over the jQuery animation queue without needing an extra plugin.

# 6:09 pm / animation, jquery

ficlets memorial. Here’s a great argument for Creative Commons—AOL shut down Ficlets without providing an archive or export tool, but the license meant Ficlets co-creator Kevin Lawver could scrape and preserve all of the content anyway.

# 10:02 pm / aol, archive, creativecommons, data, ficlets, kevinlawver, preservation

Localbuilder. Gareth Rushgrove’s neat little Python continuous integration tool—it watches a directory for changes, then runs a command when it spots any.

# 10:57 pm / continuous-integration, gareth-rushgrove, localbuilder, python, testing