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3) The Standard: Get With The Program: Curl just might revolutionize the way Web sites are made. Who thinks
so? Tim Berners-Lee. The Software Development Forum audience in the
Palo Alto, Calif., community center was one tough crowd. Before
attempting to sell the hard-core programmers on his groundbreaking
Curl software, Brent Young made sure his company's pedigree was high
in his PowerPoint display. There on the second slide, listed as a
founder, was "Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web." "HTML
is good for what it does. Java is good for what it does," Young
declared. "What the Web needs is a merger of the two." Curl, he
claimed, will deliver everything these ubiquitous Internet languages
offer and more.
4) Fluency - Foreign Language Learning - What is fluency?: One of the questions* that I get asked all the time is How long will
it take me to speak French fluently? Unfortunately, the answer to
this question is difficult for several reasons:
There's no universal definition of fluency
Every person has a different language-learning potential
It depends a great deal on where and how one studies
* Wondering what the other questions are? Read my FAQ.
This article is an attempt to provide you with some information about
these issues - the what, when, where, and how of fluency - so that
you can determine your own "fluency potential." :-)
6) O\'Reilly Network: Why Michael Schwern is not a Java programmer [July 20, 2001]: I recently had the pleasure (?) of teaching Perl to a 14-year-old. I
started with ``Hello, World'' ('This is how you print something and
run a program'), moved onto conditional logic ('This is how you print
something if something else happens') and then to loops ('This is how
you print something a bunch of times'), etc. Each lesson contained
only one or two new concepts. Each concept produced a concrete
result. Each new lesson built off the last. All with a minimum of
Nit picking? Possibly, but it is a symptom of deeper problems. To do
anything in Java, even simple things, you've got to roll out all
these conceptual cannons. You can't do one-liners in Java (assuming a
sufficiently short line). The upshot of that is if you know Java
you'll have to learn another language for quick tasks. For some, this
isn't a problem, but I'm lazy. I like having one language which
handles the vast majority of my daily tasks.
9) WebDAV filewriter for Frontier : Jim : 'It's a shame (from my POV, probably not theirs) that UserLand
diverged off their ContentServer path (which I think is the best CMS
tool they ever made) when they decided to focus on writing and
weblogging tools instead of sophisticated CMSs.'
10) w3future.com - article - higher order programming: Higher Order Programming is the ability to use functions as values.
So you can pass functions as arguments to other functions and
functions can be the return value of other functions. This style of
programming is mostly used in functional programming, but it can also
be very useful in 'regular' object oriented programming. A good
example of this is the Ruby Scripting Language, which combines all
the advantages of pure object oriented programming and higher order
programming. Sadly, Ruby is not supported by any browser, so it
it can be extended to make higher order programming a helpful tool in
12) MySQL | Articles | Building a Database-Driven Web Site Using PHP and MySQL: In this 10-part weekly series of articles, I'll provide a
hands-on look at what's involved in building a database-
driven Web site. We'll be using two new tools for this: the
PHP scripting language and the MySQL relational database.
If your Web host provides PHP/MySQL support, you're in
great shape. If not, we'll be looking at the set-up
procedures under Unix and Windows, so don't sweat it.