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Month: April 2005

More on the New Web

Michael Buffington: “Google maps is simply a sign of things to come. With ideas like Ajax, the web as we know it is currently changing more so than it probably ever has since the first graphic showed up. The entire way of thinking about how to make sites that people interact with is changing. The idea of the web page itself is nearing its useful end. With the way Ajax allows you to build nearly stateless applications that happen to be web accessible, everything changes. What it changes into is starting to become apparent, but I think we’re still trying to figure out where we’ll end up.”

it’s a whole new internet

There’s been a lot of excitement brewing these days, it seems… I’ve noticed, and can’t help but feel a little (a lot) excited myself. Janice Fraser of Adaptive Path takes a shot at describing what’s been going on.

If you’re not yet amazed, inspired, and a little anxious, you might want to consider it. Then get a good night’s sleep and perhaps take a rejuvenating vacation. We’re going to look back at Spring 2005 as a milestone. Watch closely, ladies and gentlemen. Things are about to change in a very big way.

It’s hard not to get excited when she puts it like that, no?

Local Number Portability

Cellphone providers in Canada have agreed to let consumers keep their numbers. The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association has come to an agreement on number portability that will allow consumers to take their phone numbers with them if they choose to switch providers. They’ll also be able to carry numbers between celular and traditional phone services. This important step forward should encourage more competition between cellphone companies, always a benefit to consumers.

Hooray for that. It’s about time.

State of the Mac

David Heinemeier Hansson of 37Signals and Ruby on Rails has something to say about your choice of development environment: “I have run all but dry of understanding for programmers that willfully pick Windows as their platform of choice.” Which of course sparked much discussion, anger, shouting, squabbling…

Personally, I’m still stuck on Windows for development. Not willfully. I’m working on my exit strategy. My desktop has an XP box and a Dual G4 866 sitting side-by-each. I use my G4 for just about everything except coding – at the moment, I’m most comfortable and work fastest in Homesite+. I’m still looking for a development environment that I’ll love on the Mac – or, alternately, I’ve also been messing with a Linux install on a spare box.

It’s really just a matter of finding the right package that will let me work the way I want in comfort.