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[16 Mar 2009 | One Comment | ]
A Better Web Development Stack

Last time I griped about ASP.NET ATLAS [LINK]. Ok so with that said, what’s the alternative? When I wrote my book (Amazon.com Mashups) I did most of the Javascript coding by hand. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t always easy. I tried ATLAS/ASP.NET AJAX and it sucks. I’ve moved on.
Decision criteria are as follows:
1) The stack should be fast, it should perform and add minimal overhead to my pages.
2) It should not impede interoperability. I want my code to play nice with others.
3) It should not slow me down. …

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[3 Mar 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
The Problems with ASP.NET AJAX

It’s no secret I’ve long been a fan of .NET and the ASP.NET stack. I feel the team really got it right making developers highly productive and the Visual Studio IDE is second to none. After spending some long hours with Atlas and ASP.NET AJAX though I’m afraid I can’t say the same.
ATLAS on top of ASP.NET is an example of a retro-fitted round tube jammed into a square hole. The whole notion of AJAX is that it’ll serve PARTIAL pages, snippets of data, merged with presentation …

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[3 Feb 2006 | No Comment | ]

I’m Important.
Since 9/11 and the decline of the economy, it became clear to me that I needed to do more than say “hey I’m an architect” and draw rectangles on a whiteboard to be relevant in today’s IT industry.
People like that are easily culled in the down-time and easily replaced.
5 years later, it dawned on me in a very Stuart Smalley way that “Gosh-darned it, I’m important!”. Not in a self-serving sense but in terms of the type of developer I represent.
Here’s concrete examples why:
a) I’m …

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[12 Apr 2005 | No Comment | ]

Seems there’s a lot of interest around the Ajax Collage of Jeff Bezos. A quick word on this, I’m not sure if folks have realized as this is not in the normal vein of LiveSearch (ala Zuggest) or Google Maps but this Collage thing is actually an Ajax example also.
Clicking the images does a request behind the scenes to load the product.
There are plenty more collages on the way over the next week…
In other news, I’ve been playing with XML-RPC the simplest and some would say …

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[2 Mar 2005 | 51 Comments | ]

UPDATE: Since originally posting, the site’s been getting a lot more traffic than usual so I’ve made some improvements to Zuggest.
I incorporated some zuggestions (groan) which folks emailed so the overall UI is a little nicer. I’m definitely HTML impaired. I’ve also improved caching on my server so Amazon doesn’t get such a big whack. Still tweaking things but have definitely learned a lot over the last few days.
UPDATE: Jeff Barr of Amazon has posted a link to Zuggest on the Amazon Web Services Blog. Thanks Jeff!
I’ve also upgraded to …