Knowledge Management with Google Reader

Steve Rubel from Micro Persuasion shows how you can  Become a Knowledge Management Ninja with Google Reader.  In his article he explains how many under-utilized features in Google’s Reader product can help you sift through today’s information overload.  Google Reader is – in my opinion – the best RSS reader I have used over the […]

AS3 E4X Rundown

AS3 E4X Rundown is a great introduction and reference to working with E4X in Flex.  The author, Roger Braunstien is correct that 75% of E4X makes perfect sense, but it’s the remaining 25% that requires a bit of demystifying.  I would imagine that there are some users who feel like that percentage should be a […]

E4X Selection by Attribute in Flex

My colleague David Meeuwis showed me a most useful and non-intuitive tip that explains a subtle difference between using the @ axis and the attribute() axis in E4X. For example, given the following XML fragment… <names> <name salutation=”Mr”>Billy Bob Thorton</name> <name salutation=”Mrs”>Angelina Jollie</name> <name>Brad Pitt</name> <name salutation=”Ms”>Jennifer Aniston</name> <name salutation=”Mr”>Vince Vaugn</name> </names> The AS3 expression […]

Getting PHP and RSS Together

IBM Developer Works has a nice tutorial that will help you begin working with RSS using PHP. RSS Syndication has now become mainstream, so understanding how RSS works is very important to any developer, especially if he/she also is a blogger or web publisher. This article explains the basics of RSS, some of its uses, […]


A new feature that was quietly added to Firefox was support for Microsummaries. Microsummaries are regularly-updated short summaries of web pages. They are compact enough to fit in the space available to a bookmark label, they provide more useful information about pages than static page titles. Microsummaries are represented using an XML document that could […]

How Google Earth Is Changing Science

The Mapping Revolution: How Google Earth Is Changing Science explains how biologists, epidemiologists and disaster control experts are all discovering Google Earth as a powerful tool as they incorporate it into their work. In the CMS that we provide to our clients, each record can have GIS data stored along with it. We’ve recently started […]

On RSS and Atom

DeWitt Clinton (Amazon A9 lead engineer) has an excellent article that discusses some important technical details of RSS and Atom. In fact he points out a technical shortcoming of RSS that is very important knowledge for any developer who works with syndicated content. I won’t reveal it here but this is a shortcoming that leads […]

Firefox Toolbar Tutorial

Jonah Bishop from Born Geek has an excellent tutorial that will help you create a Firefox Toolbar Extension using nothing but a bit of JavaScript, XML, CSS and a Zip utility!  As often as you most likely use toolbar extensions of various kinds from Firefox, if you’re a web programmer  why not add this ability […]

XML User Profiles

I recently came across this interesting specification for XML User Profiles that suggests a new method for holding user account information for reuse by different web sites and applications. XUP summarizes meta data about persons to describe their online identity and also includes a specification for a centralized password service which immediately brings up the […]

Using Feeds in IE7

The IEBlog has a three part series on how to use IE7 Beta 2 as your feed reader. Part 1: Hello feeds Part 2: Discovery and Subscribe Part 3: Read and Manage If you’re a seasoned veteran of consuming RSS feeds, IE7 probably won’t offer you any compelling reasons to switch from you current reader.  […]

RSS Is a Glorified “Favorites” Feature

Scott Karp has suggested that IE7’s RSS Is a Glorified “Favorites” Feature and I couldn’t agree more.  After an initial evaluation of the IE7 beta, my overal impression is that the RSS support is no better than that of Safari, Opera or Firefox.  This type of support is probably fine for those who subscribe to […]

Feed Icons – Help establish the new standard

Feed Icons is a new project to promote and establish the use of a standard feed/rss icon. You can download the icon that is being used by Firefox and IE in a convenient zip file that includes variations in AI, EPS, SVG, PSD, PDF, PNG, JPG, and GIF formats. I think this project is great […]

Database-Driven Tree Structures with XML and XSLT

Pascal Opitz from the Content with Style blog has a fantastic tutorial on creating : Database-driven tree structures with XML and XSLT. The technique uses the preordered tree traversal method on the database, then uses PHP to create the XML that is then styled with XSLT.  I know this is going to be of interest […]

Microsoft RSS Icon – And the winner is….

Firefox! That’s right, the Microsoft team has decided to use Firefox’s RSS Icon in Internet Explorer 7! I think this is good for RSS in general, and congratulations to Microsoft for doing the “good” thing. A unified icon will go far for furthering the adoption and use of RSS. And yes there’s a good bit […]

Next Generation JavaScript Console

I absolutly love the JavaScript Console in Firefox and with the release of Firefox 1.5, it got even better. Now the standard JS console displays not only great JavaScript error messages, but it now show you CSS errors! The only problem is that with so much information appearing in the console, it can be difficult […]