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Alex Russell on browsers, standards, and the process of progress.

Slides for Purdue Web Development Club

Last night I gave a presentation on netWindows to the Purdue Web Development Club. Slides are available in PDF format.

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SourceForge seems to have settled back down of late, which is good. All the stats appear to be correct now and the CVS server is seemingly quicker than normal.

netWindows as a whole has been languashing in a sea of travel and work, but spending some quality time with pyMail and the documentation re-orginization are on my plate for the comming weeks. Ted Shroyer has suggested a format for the API documents similar to that of the JDK documentation (JavaDoc), but I have misgivings about maintainability. The web application geek in me instinctively wants to throw a database on the back end of this and generate everything on the fly, but it seems like overkill for something that only gets changed by developers and is already in CVS. I really do like the idea of having a frameset that helps navigate, but I think that the indexes and links should be created dynamically, I just don't have any good ideas how to make that happen on the back end. Another potential problem is the fact that our comments aren't our documentation, rather the documentation was extracted early for the sake of download weight (mistake?). Perhaps a well laid-out document structure is the right answer to both problems.


Scott is at SXSW and I'm insanely jelous. I miss Austin, and I've been wanting to go to SXSW for a couple of years now. Hopefully next year.

Doesn't make me feel any better about missing it this year, though.


back from Michigan. It was good to get a chance to see my family, and espically my grandmother who I haven't seen in years.

Finished Ross Anderson's excellent "Security Engineering" on the way back too. It's a book I bought when I still lived in Austin at the end of last summer and I've been stealing moments to read bits and peices of it ever since, and I want to say that this is a fantastic book. Even if you're not a paranoid like me, this book is both engrossing and clear. If you have even a marginal interest in security of any assortment, you owe it to yourself to read this book. And no, you can't borrow my copy, it's already claimed.


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