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Programming Jabber - Magic Number 16? - WebReference Update - 020114

(((((((((((((((( WEBREFERENCE UPDATE NEWSLETTER ))))))))))))))))) January 14, 2002

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This week we excerpt O'Reilly's new book on "Programming Jabber" and Michael takes a look a Microsoft's BizTalk e-commerce XML framework. In other news learn how content management systems like Moveabletype.org can help single designers blog with the best of 'em. Salon has an interesting story on how Google saved Usenet from extinction (at least from 1981), and Dan Gillmore ponders the "Google Effect" on short domain names.

Microsoft researches cast some doubt on Miller's classic "Magic Number 7, plus or minus 2" for Web page design and are also waiting with bated breath for Apache 2.0.

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New this week on WebReference.com and the Web:

1. BOOK EXCERPT: Programming Jabber 2. XML: BizTalk: E-Commerce the Microsoft Way 3. NEW LINKS: XHTML Links and Resources 4. OTHER VOICES: * CMS and the single web designer * The geeks who saved Usenet * Using Color on the Internet * 'Google effect' reduces need for many domains 5. NET NEWS: * Is the Magic Number 7 Relevant to Web Page Design? * Apache 2.0: What's New and Who'll Benefit? * The Curse of Complexity

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. BOOK EXCERPT: Programming Jabber

Web developers looking to build messaging applications are well advised to acquaint themselves with the open source Jabber technology and framework. In this excerpt from O'Reilly's "Programming Jabber," author DJ Adams discusses the installation and configuration of the Jabber Server.

http://www.webreference.com/programming/jabber/chap3/

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2. EXPLORING XML: BizTalk: E-Commerce the Microsoft Way

Our XML for e-business survey continues with a look at Microsoft's entry, BizTalk. In this installment we examine the BizTalk Framework, the document and messaging formats supported by the BizTalk Server. By Michael Classen.

http://www.webreference.com/xml/column47/

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3. NEW LINKS: XHTML Links and Resources

You've decided that it's time to make your move to XHTML - but where do you begin? Our updated listing of XHTML resources includes validators, references, specifications, and online tutorials to assist you with the conversion.

http://www.webreference.com/authoring/languages/xhtml/

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\--------------------------------------------------------------adv.-/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4. OTHER VOICES: CMS and the single web designer, The geeks who saved Usenet, Using Color on the Internet, 'Google effect' reduces need for many domains

* CMS and the single web designer

Content Management Systems free designers from the grunt work of individual web page production. They may also free companies from the need to retain design staff. How do content management systems work, and what impact will they have on a web designer's job? http://www.alistapart.com/stories/cms1/ A List Apart, Jan. 11, 2002

* The geeks who saved Usenet

Salon tells the story of how Google restored digital history by relying on a few heroes' pack rat mentality and a mountain of decaying mag tapes. http://salon.com/tech/feature/2002/01/07/saving_usenet/ Salon.com, Jan. 7, 2002

* Using Color on the Internet

When used properly, color can be a thing of beauty. When used improperly, it can be reasonably repulsive. Learn the importance of good color combinations. http://wdvl.internet.com/Graphics/Color/ WDVL.com, Jan. 13, 2002

* "Google effect" reduces need for many domains

Specific domain names are moot now as long as Google's unerring accuracy is around, according to Dan Gillmore. http://www.siliconvalley.com/docs/opinion/dgillmor/dg011301.htm Dan Gillmore, Jan. 12, 2002

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\--------------------------------------------------------------adv.-/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5. NET NEWS: Is the Magic Number 7 Relevant to Web Page Design?, Apache 2.0: What's New and Who'll Benefit?, The Curse of Complexity

* Is the Magic Number 7 Relevant to Web Page Design?

Researchers at Microsoft have shown that Miller's classic 1956 paper may underestimate our attention and short-term memory capacity when it comes to the Web. They found that reasonable breadth trumps depth when it comes to web page menu design performance. http://www.research.microsoft.com/users/marycz/chi981.htm Microsoft Research, Jan. 2002

* Apache 2.0: What's New and Who'll Benefit?

The world's most popular Web server application, version 1.x, is used by more than half of all Web sites. It's free and more secure than Microsoft's homespun alternative, Internet Information Server (IIS). So why in the world are Microsoft's users eagerly anticipating the final version of Apache 2.0? http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article/0,,10_952841,00.html Internetnews.com, Jan. 11, 2002

* The Curse of Complexity

The lack of standardization among new devices has forced exasperated users to adapt. http://www.latimes.com/technology/la-000002270jan10.story LA Times, Jan. 10, 2002

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That's it for this week, see you next time.

Andrew King Newsletter Editor, WebReference.com aking at internet dot com

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