Category Archives: webapi

webforms 2 submission/validation model

I was reading some of the webforms 2 spec, when I stumbled across the steps for form submission. The first step is to check the form for validity, presumably using an implementation in the user agent. The 6th and 7th step deal with encoding and sending the form to the server, and step 8, the […]

atom pub, gdata, and one way to improve amazon+alexa

Has anyone tried using Amazon’s “RESTful” webservices? I’ve had many headaches using them. If I’m using PHP, I like to use nuSOAP to access SOAP services, because PHP’s facilities for XML (at least in version 4) are terrible. nuSOAP seems to have interop issues with some of Alexa’s/Amazon’s webservices, so that’s a pretty big turn […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]