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Friday, November 24, 2000

e2-e4. Your move.
The new Google Toolbar (in beta) is really, really great. (You must be using IE5+ on a win32 system to see what I mean.)

Wednesday, November 22, 2000

The SOAP Toolkit for Visual Studio 6.0
The much-anticipated November 2000 release of the SOAP Toolkit for Visual Studio 6.0 has improved security features by making use of the commonly used protocol SSL (Secure Socket Layer) for message transmission over the Internet.




We were going to make a turducken for Thanksgiving, but since some people who really wanted to share one with us aren't going to be in town, and since K. thinks it will be more work than it's worth, we have changed our plans. Now we will just be having a tur.

Speaking of which, I've got to go shopping today to buy the supplies for tomorrow's feast! The good news is that since everybody is travelling today, the stores will probably be pretty much empty. Right?

Tuesday, November 21, 2000

Recommendations for Building Scalable E-Commerce Sites with Windows 2000: Part I & Part 2.
Web Scripting Tools - Compare and Contrast
An overview and evaluation of a number of web scripting tools, including Mason, PHP, ASP/VBScript, ASP/Perl, Cold Fusion, Embperl, JSP, Lasso and Zope. The goal of this document is to provide a basic guide to developers who are trying to decide what scripting solution they should use.
MS-HTML: A Nefarious and Despicable Plot. Please hand code.
Sunday night was a night of gifts. Aaron gave me this early promo photo of Bob Dylan:

Bob Dylan

Derek brought over a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau, which we shared while munching on pistachios, popcorn, and wedges of parmigiano reggiano (thanks Stewart).

While discussing the cheese, Derek did a little surfing and found a degree of redundancy in a URL never before seen:

http://www.parmigiano- reggiano.it/Database/parmigianoreggiano/parmigiano- reggiano.nsf/fr_english.htm

While discussing Marcella Hazan (finest writer of Italian cook books), Derek went to Amazon and did a search for "Marcella", which turned up the strangest book: Cadaver Dog Handbook Forensic Training and Tactics for the Recovery of Human Remains.

I have no idea what any of this means.

Monday, November 20, 2000

Opera for Macintosh is in non-public alpha.
From Salon: Open-sourcing the Apple.
Well, as you know Netscape has released version 6 of their browser (hereafter referred to as "NS6"). I had some serious problems installing the thing on my NT box with the network installer (which is apparently not smart enough to tell you that your disk is full and could therefore not download all the components for install, producing errors like "-216 not found" when you are in the middle of the installation), but I finally succeeded and have it running now on both my WIN2K and NT machines. I really like it.

It didn't take me long to adjust some code so that my DHTML navigation works properly in NS6, although I was disappointed to find that they have not implemented the opacity found in Mozilla M17 (see here), so NS6 users are stuck with the old .gif screen opacity hack.

I also found a bug that affects the cellpadding of tables nested in absolutely positioned DIVs, which is why the site navigation looks a bit different if you are using NS6. I documented it here, where you will see that the table's cellpadding is lost when the DIV is moved.

I have been collecting useful links related to the NS6 release, but my collection pales in comparison to the resources and links David Flanagan has collected. I will highlight two of special interest to developers:

-Netscape 6 Release Notes
-Netscape 6 Developer Release Notes

BONUS LINKS: full installer downloads, so you don't have to use the lousy network installer!

-Mac (14 megs
-Win32 (25 megs)
-Unix (29 megs)

Sunday, November 19, 2000

MSDN: Five Steps to Getting Started with ASP.NET
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