[By Nic Lindh on Friday, 31 October 2003]
Pretty cool article at ONLamp.com about using REST instead of SOAP with Amazon’s web services. Hmmm.
The work done by both Amazon and Google at creating APIs for their services and the uses people are putting them to is one of the most exciting things to happen on the Internet in the last few years (together with news aggregators). Back in 1995, who would have thought that opening up a bookseller’s database would be a big deal?
It seems that the big success stories of the web, like Amazon, Google, EBay, and Hotmail, all have one thing in common: The heavy lifting is performed by the customer. They provide systems that encourage people to interact with data and then use their systems to add value to the data that their customers have given them. This is so brilliant; one of the big problems a lot of big-name sites, like Slate, have had is that compelling content is just so darn expensive. So take something as mundane as a bookstore database, then make it smart through its interactions with people, and voila! money. People like to interact with people! What a concept! But people like to interact with people without having to deal with people even better.
We are entertained by feline drama during quarantine.
It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
Back once again with the sci-fi and general calamity. Includes The End is Always Near, Eat the Apple, A Memory Called Empire, Gideon the Ninth, Infinite Detail, Permafrost, Fallen, and The October Man.
Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.
Is there reason to upgrade from a 3 to a 5?
Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.
Often injustice lies in what you aren’t doing, not only in what you are doing.
After all these years, Nic still can’t understand the American attitude to healthcare.
The big thieves hang the little ones.
A sci-fi and fantasy heavy installment that includes The Valedictorian of Being Dead, The Mastermind, Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, Tiamat’s Wrath, The Raven Tower, The Liberation, The Light Brigade and Cryptonomicon.
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
Includes The Incomplete Book of Running, Aching God, The Murderbot Diaries, Lies Sleeping, The Consuming Fire, and Rendezvous with Rama.
Did you know Las Vegas is kind of nutty?
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.