Here are some interesting things I've come across in the last couple of days:
- The new XML Hacks book looks pretty good, based on the table of contents. There are some sample hacks available online. Some of the more intriguing topics include use of character and entity references, use of XML in various Microsoft Office applications, transforming documents using XSLT, using XML vocabularies, and use of XML schemas.
- The MIT Technology Review discusses Amazon S3 in their new article, Infinite Storage Online. As they note, "The line between your local hard drive and the cloud of Web-based storage options is certain to get blurrier over the next year, and backing up your data to that cloud will become an automatic part of your computer's job."
- Phil Windley reviews my panel session from WWW 2006 in Edinburgh earlier this week. Panel host Rohit Khare had a spectacular set of wide-ranging questions for the panelists, and the audience came up with a lot more of their own. Since there are reportedly more sheep than humans in Scotland, I felt compelled to mention the 10,000 sheep site in my talk.
- After you've built a site with an Amazon web service, you probably want some traffic. You'll want to read Search Engine Optimizing for Amazon Web Services to learn more about this important and very interesting topic.
- Wired Magazine talks about Crowdsourcing, which they describe as "everyday people using their spare cycles to create content, solve problems, even do corporate R & D." The article includes an extended discussion of the Mechanical Turk on the final page. They spend some time discussing Seattle startup iConclude and their use of HITs to capture diagnosis and repair information for common computer problems.
And that's all I've got for today!