Category Archives: idea

one way to improve amazon

This was actually Tantek’s idea, from a microformats discussion. Support “TITLE by AUTHOR” syntax. Use “by” to split the query.

implementing email over atom pub

It would be kind of neat to refactor email into a web style system which conforms to atom publishing protocol. POP3 could be a type of store. When a user wants to check their email, their email client software could ask the atom server “GET /email/messages?start=yesterday%20afternoon&count=100“. The server would respond with a list of members […]

tools: atom and atompub

I just had a realization that I’ve been trying to invent ATOM and the Atom Publishing Protocol. I’ve been pining for web services, and a standardized way for representing resources and URI publishing patterns. I wanted it to work with storage engines of my choosing (eg, mercurial) so that I could use my favorite tools […]

toolbox: webdev unicorns: templates (1/4)

Templating is an important way for multi-disciplined teams to work together on software projects. In addition, they serve as an important component for making applications loosely coupled and more easily understood. Templating Kid, the templating language isn’t working out for me very well. There are some basic things that I don’t understand how to do, […]

toolbox: webdev unicorns: components (3/4)

The web is a big place, and being a part of it increases the value of both the network your application interacts with and your application. This creates a need to interoperate with other applications on the web, the fulfillment of which actually helps create a better end-user experience. What this boils down to are […]

toolbox: webdev unicorns: conclusions (4/4)

Amid all the talk of web stacks, I’d like to take a step back to the Unix philosophy: do one small thing, do it well, make it pipeable and interoperable. I have a real need for separate, easily-understood coponents that are interoperable. They also need to perform well. Modern applications are getting so large, that […]

observation: music and computer science similarities

Although I’m a classically trained musician, my current principle work is as a software engineer. Since college, I’ve been searching for what aspects of these two areas faciliate my understanding of both. Recently, I observed while doing some serious practice with a metronome, that I had the same set of feelings when I was doing […]

analysis: gmail and gchat

Why gmail and gchat together? tools for communication broadly tools for communicationg densely more eyeballs, more time spent on ads $$$ I’m sure most people are now aware that gmail’s interface includes not only mail, but a live chat system. Gchat is fully integrated into the email experience. I’ve been wondering why. I suppose one […]

idea: todo: improve amara’s scimitar api

First of all, if you haven’t seen amara yet, go check out amara today and stick it in your toolbox. It’s a very very nice library for python that lets you create objects out of XML documents. One of the nifty things amara provides, it scimitar, which is an implementation of schematron, a rich schema […]

germinal: idea: todo: closing a gap with dbus and python

There is an unnatural separation in many common computing environments between “web space” and “local space”. They are both equally foreign to users (meaning we aren’t evolutionarily equipped with tools for natively manipulating these spaces, and we aren’t indigenous to them), and so making a distinction between them doesn’t help us use them. There are […]