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Quotations in May, 2007

Filters: Type: quotation × Year: 2007 × Month: May ×


If you write a spec, write a validator alongside. How much pain could have been spared with early versions of RSS if we’d had a common, agreed upon validator. In short, it’s the test suite that ultimately decides the spec.

Joe Heck # 30th May 2007, 1:48 am

Now if WS-* technologies wants to own the niche of one proprietary platform technology talking to another in a homogeneous, closed environment...who cares? Good riddance I say. Just keep that shit off the Web.

Dare Obasanjo # 26th May 2007, 10:23 pm

Lacking a Strunk and White Elements of Style for URI namespace, we’ve made a mess of it. It’s long past time to grow up and recognize the serious importance of principled design in this infinitely large namespace.

Jon Udell # 24th May 2007, 4:38 pm

The web can eat toolchain bait like this for breakfast.

Mike Shaver # 11th May 2007, 3:43 pm

I’d like to ask readers of this site which you’re more interested in, Sun’s JavaFX or signing up for TissueWorld 2008, the Premiere Exhibition and Conference for the International Tissue Industry.

Stuart Langridge # 9th May 2007, 7:46 pm

Just because Java was once aimed at a set-top box OS that didn’t support multiple address spaces, and just because process creation in Windows used to be slow as a dog, doesn’t mean that multiple processes (with judicious use of IPC) aren’t a much better approach to writing apps for multi-CPU boxes than threads.

Guido van Rossum # 8th May 2007, 9:21 pm

... Facebook has roughly 200 dedicated memcached servers in its production environment, plus a small number of others for development and so on. A few of those 200 are hot spares. They are all 16GB 4-core AMD64 boxes, just because that’s where the price/performance sweet spot is for us right now.

Steve Grimm # 3rd May 2007, 10:36 pm

People don’t recognize how important URIs are. The notion that you have a huge, world-scale, information space, and that everything in it has an name and they’re all just short strings that you can paint on the side of a bus; that’s a new thing and a good thing.

Tim Bray # 2nd May 2007, 8:23 pm