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The big news last week was Google opening up their multi-billion webpage database to developers. Using their new Web API Service developers can run queries on their giant database from applications. Our own Michael Classen is working on a way to do just that. Don't be surprised if he releases it in the very near future. How's that for a tease?
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While consuming a Web service is most commonly done by the client, dishing them out is a job for the server. Take a walk on the server-side, and learn the basics of Microsoft's latest ECMAScript based language: JScript .NET. By Yehuda Shiran and Tomer Shiran.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3. FEATURE: Current Events: A Client Side Tipsheet
Events are common on Web pages, and, as a developer, sooner or later you will want to write specific handlers for them. Returning author Kenneth Tibbetts serves up some event handling code and discussion to whet your appetite.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4. OTHER VOICES: Website Usability for Children, Usability Testing in Practice, Fixing Your Site With the Right DOCTYPE, Old domain refrains
* Website Usability for Children
Nielsen's study of kids found that they are as easily stumped by confusing websites as adults. Kids tend to view ads as content, and like colorful designs, but demand simple text and navigation. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20020414.html Useit.com, April 14, 2002
* Usability Testing in Practice
If you're interested in Web site usability then it's likely that you've come across the concept of professional usability testing. It's also likely that the practicalities of testing have remained a mystery, because very little has been published about it on the Web - until now. http://wdvl.internet.com/Authoring/Design/UsabilityTesting/ WDVL.com, April, 15, 2002
* Fixing Your Site With the Right DOCTYPE
Jeffrey Zeldman shows us the right way to use DOCTYPEs, and that the W3C's relative versions can be problematic. http://www.alistapart.com/stories/doctype/ A List Apart, April 12, 2002
* Old domain refrains
Infoworld ponders Versign's indifference to domain transfers and hijacking. http://www.infoworld.com/articles/op/xml/02/04/15/020415opgripe.xml Infoworld.com, April 2002
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5. NET NEWS: Google tests search tools for Developers, Google2RSS, A Top-Secret, One-of-a-Kind Mac
* Google tests search tools for Developers
Google's new "Web API service," released last week, lets developers query more than 2 billion Web documents directly from their own computer programs via SOAP, an XML-based mechanism for exchanging information. To access Google's massive repository, developers can download a free software kit that includes sample Java and .NET examples, plus a WSDL file for any program that supports Web services. The mind boggles at the possibilities.
Peter Drayton has created Google2RSS, a command-line tool that runs a query using the Google Web API and spits out an RSS 0.91 feed containing the top 10 hits. Written for .NET in C#. Now, how about a Perl version? Hat tip: Scripting.com. http://www.razorsoft.net/weblog/stories/2002/04/13/google2rss.html Peter Drayton, April 15, 2002
* A Top-Secret, One-of-a-Kind Mac
"In a drafty shed in rural northern California is perhaps the rarest Macintosh ever made: an electronically shielded Mac used by a spy or military agency. The machine appears to be unique, and is so secret, no one knows anything about it." http://www.wired.com/news/mac/0,2125,51670,00.html Wired.com, April 11, 2002
That's it for this Monday, see you next time.
Andrew King Newsletter Editor, WebReference.com aking at internet dot com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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