Category Archives: semantic web

microformats: process discussion: search results as evidence

Before creating a microformat, the process demands a couple of concrete actions to be taken first. The general idea is to document current authorship techniques. If current techniques make it possible to encode a piece of information, there is no need for a microformat. Thus, we set ourselves up to make it difficult to create […]

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: Give Yourself a URI with Hcard

Summary Use to describe yourself on a web page People are more important than computers. The “person” datatype, and implications for Search Presenting Hcard Hello World Hcard Demystified Using an hcard on your web page helps search engines learn more about you, can help people find your site, improves the computing ecosystem, and makes it […]

toolbox: webdev unicorns: intro (0/4)

After years of using php for web development, my needs have changed, and I’ve decided to use python. I’ve been struggling to refill my toolbox with tools that suit my needs, and this post is the intro to a series of posts to capture my current findings in this search. There are five parts: intro […]

toolbox: webdev unicorns: servers (2/4)

Servers This is kind of a big topic because several components are so interconnected. Exposing Code to the Web I like cherrypy’s approach of navigating an object hierarchy slightly better than django’s approach of evaluating a list of regular expressions. The problem, of course, is how to deal with URIs that are illegal python symbols, […]

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 […]

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 […]

idea: three ways to improve amazon

Quick Summary (in order of importance) Adopt openID Opaque Attention Data Subscribe to users’ events Amazon.com’s site is fantastic. I get great recommendations, and I’ve started buying more and more stuff from them. However, there are a couple of things I’d like to see from them, technologically. OpenID Provider OpenID should be supported everywhere. There’s […]

idea: todo: semantic web date selector

Web Page as an API Have you ever heard the expression “your web page is your api” and wondered what it means? A web page is a document. A web page that belongs to you documents the things you’d like to say. In other words, it’s a platform for you to declare your likes and […]

idea: flight pickers should mashup with calendars

Date Selectors too Hard to Use I don’t know about most people, but I don’t fly without a reason. The reasons I fly are usually closely related to events that are often published. For example, lots of people travel on holidays. Other times, people plan for trips using tools like calendars. However, when I’m telling […]