Ryan Stewart blogs about Why do tech journalists get Rich Internet Applications so wrong.
I don’t agree with everything he says, especially this one:
AIR is a difficult thing to grasp because running web apps on the desktop hasn’t been done before.
I suppose there might be a way to define “web apps” that excludes
…continue reading Common misconceptions about Rich Internet Applications
I am intensely interested in the BBC iPlayer, set to launch on 27 July. It’s a landmark in the convergence of the internet and broadcasting.
This is a convergence I welcome. I missed most of the Glastonbury 2007 broadcasts, but I’ve enjoyed the BBC’s watch and listen page which gives you immediate access to most
…continue reading Will Windows DRM spoil the BBC iPlayer party?
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If you happen to search on eBay for Microsoft Office, you will likely notice ads like this offering a good value office suite:
Don’t buy it. Just head over to http://www.openoffice.org/ (more than 3 available) and download for free. Nevertheless, it is an amusing example of the free market at work. Go out looking for
…continue reading Don’t buy Open Office
CodeGear has updated its Delphi Roadmap. Newly added is Delphi codename “Commodore”, set for Winter 2008, which is to include native 64-bit development. After that the company is promising to focus on multi-core/multi-threaded development.
What else is coming? Delphi “Highlander”, due later this year, is a belated update to Delphi .NET, will support .NET 2.0, and has
…continue reading CodeGear puts 64-bit on the roadmap
I interviewed Dr D Richard Hipp, the main author of SQLite, for the Guardian Newspaper.
Among the things I found interesting is that he attributes the high reliability of his database engine to the extensive test suite included in the code. I’m not sure whether he practices test-driven development as such, but it is a great case
…continue reading SQLite, test-driven development, and the inscrutable SQL standard
My interview with Microsoft’s XML Architect Jean Paoli back in April was not the first time I had spoken to him. I also talked to him in February 2005. At that time Microsoft had no intention of submitting its Office XML specification to a standards body. I thought it should do so, and asked Paoli
…continue reading How Microsoft changed its mind about Office XML standardization