Now that’s what I call a revolution

Posted in Ajax Links, Web Development on January 24, 2008 by Shaun

I never really liked the term Web 2.0 mainly because the revolutionary web 2.0 has been all repackaging of old technologies, never ending JavaScript Libraries all diong a slightly different thing to the last big thing and shiny glass graphics with reflections… Until Now!

As you know, I’m a fan of Aptana for Javascript development, I’ve moved to netbeans for Ruby and Java development but Aptana is still leagues ahead of everything else for Javascript based web development. Well the guy’s at Aptana have just released what could be considered the killer application of 2008 and I think the revolution is about to begin.

I introduce you to Jaxer Jaxer is the worlds first true Ajax server and quite simply it is amazing.  As a good friend said to me yesterday, ‘this, my friend, is the future’.

I want to give you loads of detail here but to be honest it would only be a case of re-inventing the wheel, so go on over to the Jaxer web site and check it out.

What!  you’re still reading this… get lost already! ;0)

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SQL style JSON parser

Posted in General Blah! on January 18, 2008 by Shaun

This is an interesting concept a JavaScript library that allows you to work with JSON as if it is a datastore.

I like JSON and we’ve done some sweat stuff with it at work so I find this interesting.  It doesn’t look complete but it’s a start and may help more people get interested in JSON.

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Wanna be my friend :)

Posted in Ajax Links, General Blah! on January 8, 2008 by Shaun

Aparently according to this survey there’s a 56% chance I’d eat my friends if forced to 🙂

Seasons greetings to you all.

Posted in General Blah! on December 24, 2007 by Shaun

Whatever way you celebrate Christmas I hope you have a great time.  I want to thank everybody who has taken the time read my ramblings this year, I hope I’ve managed to share something useful.

2007 has been an interesting year with many changes in the world of web development and I’m sure 2008 has many nice surprises ahead.  AIR is starting to gather pace, Silverlight is looking to be producing some interesting results in the web development community and Javascript is surely going to be reborn and revitalised, there’s life in the old dog yet.

I’m particularly excited about Ruby and Ruby on Rails, these are new finds for me this year and I am determined to get my teeth into them and produce something.

The Gaming community has been spoiled rotten this year The Orange Box offered us incredible value for money and some of the best games ever released as part of the bargain.
Bioshock sent shivers down our collective spine with it’s atmosphere, awesome gameplay, shadows of system shock remain but this is not an old game with a new face.
Unreal Tournament III finally made an appearance and though the same gameplay remains with a few tweaks and improvements it’s one fine looking game and hopefully will retain some of the popularity of UT2004 and the previous versions.
Call of Duty 4 shook off it’s 1940’s guise and took a giant leap into the 21st century and it made a big splash when it landed the multiplayer game mode is simply awesome and more than makes up for a very short single player campaign, a lot of work went into this release and it shows.

There are more games of course and more to come in 2008 but this is a blog not a novel so I’ll leave it there with room for comment and discussion amongst yourselves or on this post help yourselves.

I have many things planned for 2008 and if I achieve any of my goals at all I’ll be a happy man.  Lose weight and learn Ruby are top of the list, some other things are making their way along the pipeline and hopefully some of the seeds planted in 2007 will take root and bear fruit in 2008.

The year ended on a sad note for me after Duke (my faithful pet hound) was laid to rest, but a new year beckons and with all the challenges it will offer up I’m sure I’ll get used to him not being around.

So with no more babbling from me I offer you all my compliments of the season and hope that however you are celebrating, you stay safe, stay happy and I look forward to sharing with you in the new year.


Posted in General Blah! on December 18, 2007 by Shaun

Y’know, Virgin have some talented people working on their engineering team, I’ve spoken with a couple who are happy to cut through the company BS and get to the root of the matter at risk of losing their jobs too so I mean no disrespect to them in any way shape or form when I critisize VM.
I thought that the news item on the BBC website today may entertain others who have a Virgin Media account, I got hit by the blackout last night, seems to have got them really good because all of their support lines were down as well 🙂

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Tem Fortress 2 detailed stats go live

Posted in General Blah! on December 15, 2007 by Shaun

Valve have just released some awesome new stats for Team Fortress 2.  these stats cover just about everything but one cool feature i like are the new death maps that show where most people die on a given map.

Some people don’t like this statfest but i love it and it just adds to the game.  Hopefully the new rewards coming up for medics will encourage more teamplay, and these stats can only help map designers and Valve improve an what is already the game of the year!

Get your stats here.

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Balancing the view.

Posted in Java, Software Development, Web Development on December 13, 2007 by Shaun

While I like Netbeans 6 and personally I am really happy with it having moved from Eclipse, there is, as always, a flip side to every coin so in the interests of balancing things, this post on the Java tutorials weblog is asking for votes to bring back the Beans Module that is missing from Netbeans 6.

There are some interesting comments made as people place their vote and I’d say the vote is overwhelming and we should be seeing the bean module in the upcoming update to NB6.

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