Server Side Javascript

Remember that whole Appengine got the JVM link I posted yesterday?  I forgot to add one thing.  Rhino is on that list.  Meaning, you can write really awesome Javascript applications on the Google-server.  In Ted Leung’s Pycon talk he specifically points out the performance gains that…

Yes Simon, We Need a Queue

Simon Wistow asks whether or not we need a better open source queuing system. My answer is yes. I’ve built two one-off hackish queuing systems for $work in the past three years, both of which used database tables as queues, both of which were only…

Amazon SimpleDB, CouchDB, DBSlayer – is this the future?

Amazon is starting a limited beta of an online database they’re calling SimpleDB. It’s functionally very similar to CouchDB, in that it uses REST for queries and inserts, stores data in flat “schema-less” pages, and is generally geared towards web-app-like data. The NYTimes DBSlayer takes…

Django Will Cap Your Ass

Django and Rails are friends. At first Django is irritating and aggressive. Rails is up tight, but Django teaches him how to have a good time. Then they drink 40′s and pour some out “for their homies.” Just a bit of technical correction though, no…

Google Offline

Google jumped into the crowdening [sic] arena of ways-to-make-your-web-app-work-offline with Google Gears. I’m pretty excited about the whole concept. Just last night, me and Mrs. McAvoy were heard to exclaim, “I really like Google Docs, I wish it worked offline.” Clearly, the Google bugging of…

Deployable Rails Stack

From what I’ve gathered, deployment was a big theme at this year’s Railsconf. There’s a handful of groups targeting different virtualization platforms for easy-instant Rails deployments. DHH started a mailing list for the discussion, kicking it off with a succinct explanation of the goals. It’s…

Hackety Hack gets a Blog, olpc-chicago Gets an Idea

_why opened up the Hackety Blog, apparently shutting down his redhanded blog. So far, he’s taken a look at a handful of potential programming as education tools. I’m glad that talented programmers are evaluating education tools. We have a little boy due this August, so…

Whoah. Pilgrim on the Parade

I’ve been pleasantly watching the releases of Apollo and Silverlight over the past few days, and just sort of thinking, “oh, nice, new things to play around with.” Then comes Mark Pilgrim with a dose of cranky, yet wildly accurate ranting. Meanwhile, I’m really enjoying…

Microsoft Hits and Misses

So, Vista is languishing (no links provided, seriously you’ve heard this as well as I have). At the same time, Microsoft just released some really cool sounding stuff for dynamic language enthusiasts in the form of some sort of mysterious “Dynamic Language Runtime.” Jon Udell…

SQL Alphabetical Sorting Without "The"

Hey Lazyweb, is there some clever pattern that addresses passing an ‘order by’ to a database and getting an alphabetically sorted list where “the” doesn’t factor into the sort? Look at this gigantic list of bands. It’s annoying to have to remember that “The” screws…