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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.


Tue 12 Dec 2006, 12:27 PM
On the Google blog today, there is a post about Google releasing GWT (Google Web Toolkit) as open source.
We've been working hard to build great tools for AJAX development, and now we're happy to begin working with the open source community towards the same goal.
Anybody have any experience with GWT?  Is it worth working with this, or is there a better choice?

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Tue 12 Dec 2006, 08:28 AM
My second entry for African Proverb week.  As I described yesterday, my 16 year old was assigned an essay in which he was supposed to find an African Proverb and relate it to his life.  He claimed that it was impossible that an African Proverb could describe his life, but having read many in an entertaining quest to prove him wrong, I am inspired to use some of my favorites for posts this week.  This is the proverb my son chose, although I relate it to business today...

A tiger does not proclaim his tigritude; he pounces.




My key for today is simple:

tiger = Open Document Format (ODF)

Unlike Office Open XML (OOXML), which loudly proclaims its tigritude open standardness, Open Document Format went through the ISO standards process with openness, seeking input, reacting to critiques, adjusting to meet the maximum public good.  Consequently, it has pounced on the world and gained widespread acceptance despite Microsoft's dominant market position, and little by little, Microsoft is forced back into a corner, revealed to the world as an eight hundred pound kitten, and not a tiger at all.

Source

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Tue 12 Dec 2006, 08:14 AM
With over 1600 downloads for the sessions db already, it seems unfair to have people keep downloading it whenever we make a change, so Gabriella Davis of The Turtle Partnership (who just announced a Blackberry version of the sessions db themselves), decided to put a replica up on a server for anonymous replication.  Just follow the directions on the LS2007 Sessions page and you can replicate to your hearts content.  Of course, you can still just download the database if that works better for you.

Of course, this may skew the results of the downloads a bit.  Oh well.

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