Saturday, January 25, 2003
Practical PostgreSQL

Woo hoo, entire online book about the greatest database in the world.

Installing the PeerDirect PostgreSQL beta for Windows
These are step by step instructions for setting up the latest beta version of the PeerDirect native Windows port of PostgreSQL, called UltraSQL. These steps were successful on Windows 2000 but may also work on other versions of Windows. Thanks for the comments and feedback. If anyone has any further suggestions please let me know.

How to Compare Uniform Resource Identifiers
This document discusses issues concerning the comparison of Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) and documents common practice.

Software is commonly required to compare two URIs. Such comparisons can have two outcomes, in this document labeled "equivalent" and "different". Since URIs exist to identify resources, presumably they should be considered equivalent when they identify the same resource.

Welcome to Java is Doomed
The graphic engine is a port from the engine developed by Adam Hoult and Gary Simmons in their game institute course Advanced 3D BSP, PVS and CSG Techniques. It contains Binary Space Partitioning Tree (BSP), Portal Generation, Potential Visibility Sets (PVS) and Frustum Culling.

Cool. #

Thursday, January 23, 2003
Introduction to XFML
XFML is a simple XML format for exchanging metadata in the form of faceted hierarchies, sometimes called taxonomies. Its basic building blocks are topics, also called categories. XFML won't solve all your metadata needs.

XFML provides a simple format to share classification and indexing data. It also provides two ways to build connections between topics, information that lets you write clever tools to automate the sharing of indexing efforts. It's based on the principles of faceted classification, addressing many of the scaling issues with simple hierarchies.

Tuesday, January 21, 2003
HTTP Conditional Get for RSS Hackers
Given the massive confusion exhibited here, I've written a nice, simple guide on how to implement HTTP's conditional GET mechanism, with regards to producers and consumers of RSS feeds.

This article presumes you are familiar with the mechanics of an HTTP query, and understand the layout of request, response, header and body.

Monday, January 20, 2003
With project SimplyHTML an application is built for working with text documents. Text documents are stored in HTML and CSS format, but the application is meant as a word processor rather than a code editor or web site builder. By using Java, HTML, CSS and PDF all parts of the project are 100% platform independent and can be used on almost any machine.

SimplyHTML is not a HTML editor. There are countless of undoubtedly good applications around already. SimplyHTML is a text processing application being based on HTML and CSS files.

Certainly there are countless text processing applications as well. SimplyHTML tries to distinguish from these by combining simplicity, ease of use and transparency for both users and developers.

I'm not one to make rash pronouncements but this might just be the greatest program ever. Ever!

Man, I've been looking for something like this for a long time. It auto-escapes XML! It produces clean html! Uses CSS! It's in Java! It's in Swing! It's highly usable! Functional!

There are a few kinks in it but, get this, it's open source!

Maybe dreams do come true after all. #


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