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Uh oh! Here comes yet another technology buzzword. This time it’s “AJAX”. In addition to being a household cleaner, a character from Greek mythology, and the name of a European soccer club, AJAX is Asynchronous communication, JavaScript, and XML. These technologies, which are already present in your browser, make it possible to retrieve information without refreshing a Web page. Citing Google’s use of AJAX, the Wall Street Journal noted recently that AJAX represents “a big step toward the Holy Grail of having the kinds of speed and responsiveness in Web-based programs that’s usually associated only with desktop software.”[1] And increasingly, developers, entrepreneurs, and industry analysts are grasping the opportunities that AJAX presents. So what’s all the excitement? The need and desire to provide richer functional... (more)

Shrink-Url - Use PowerShell To Shrink Your Urls

Shrinking your Url’s is all the rage nowadays.  If you are on Twitter, then odds are you have used one.  Despite CodingHorror’s distaste for them in his recent blog post on Url Shorteners: Destroying the Web since 2002, they are a fact of life when we live in a world of 140 character status updates. So what’s a URL shrinking service anyway?  Well, to put it simply, you supply them with a URL, they then supply you with a shorter URL containing a lookup “key”.  When future requests are made to this shorter URL, connections are routed to that services website where they convert the... (more)

Interview With EJ Pappas

XML-J: Can you tell me a bit about Infoteria Corporation? What your company does and what products you offer? Pappas: Infoteria is an XML tools provider. We make toolsets that enable you to integrate and augment your existing back-end systems and structures with XML. Our tools are modular, so you're able to accomplish specific tasks related to XML integration, quickly and easily. First, we have a product called iCONNECTOR that allows users to convert data found in back-end systems, such as Oracle, Notes/Domino, Microsoft SQL, or Access, into XML. iCONNECTOR has an easy-to-use gra... (more)

Google Maps! AJAX-Style Web Development Using ASP.NET

In the past few months, the design pattern of combining Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) to develop highly interactive Web applications has been growing in popularity. High-profile Web applications such as Google Maps and A9 are currently leveraging the combination of these technologies to produce rich client-side user experiences. The individual technologies that compose AJAX are not recent developments; they have been around for some time and have been continuously updated and improved. However, it is the recent confluence of these technologies that is leading to interest... (more)

A Quick Primer on Microservices By @OmedHabib | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

A Quick Primer on Microservices By Omed Habib Microservices are a type of software architecture where large applications are made up of small, self-contained units working together through APIs that are not dependent on a specific language. Each service has a limited scope, concentrates on a specific task and is highly independent. This setup allows IT managers and developers to build systems in a modular way. In his book, "Building Microservices," Sam Newman said microservices are small, focused components built to do a single thing very well. Martin Fowler's "Microservices - a ... (more)

Practical XML with Linux, Part 3: XML database tools for Linux

In previous articles (see Resources for links), I have discussed XML's value as a data format for Linux users. I have also discussed a wide variety of Linux tools for processing XML. But the data that XML usually represents often comes in forms that need to be managed on hard storage. Luckily, XML storage techniques and products have developed as much as other aspects of XML. We lucky Linux users have a wealth of choices available to us as we prepare to manage our XML data persistently. Just a little theory Although I used the word "practical" in the title of this article, a litt... (more)