Archive for September, 2006

My First Mashed-up Podcast now on Dr Dobbs

Dr. Dobbs just posted a podcast that I did a couple weeks ago – I guess that they must have figured it was worthy of distribution. 😉

It’s the first part of a series that focuses on RIA (Rich Internet Applications) – should prove interesting to hear all the different vendors weighing in.

Do the Math

It turns out that SOA 2.0 might actually have been intended to be SOA 0.002 and it was simple mathematical error.

Following the logic “Do the Math” on this advertisement I was able to unravel this long-standing much debated mystery –

3,394,000 impressions at a cost of $7,950 would net the cost per impression at $0.002342368886269888037713612256924, not $2.34

One AJAX dev speaks out…

I found this interesting review of FlexBuilder by an AJAX developer, Anthony G. Cyphers –\

“Flex comes packed full of pre-built controls. I mean, damn, how many more could they have possibly packed in there without jacking the price up over $5000.00. It’s got everything, MenuBar, Accordian, ComboBoxes, ListBoxes, Panels, TitleWindows, DatePicker, ColorPicker, DataGrid, and a bunch more. This makes it so easy to use that the thought of not building at least one small web app in it just made me sick to my stomach. They’ve obviously put many MANY man hours in to this, and it’s evident that this platform isn’t going to disappear anytime soon. I urge anyone reading this to get the trial, take it for a test drive,…”

Nice. Thanks!

That’s still a lot of trees…

Recently in a local business journal that monitors government contracts and spending, I came across a series of contracts that were awarded to multiple vendors for toner cartridges – remanufactured toner cartridges. The total spend was in the millions for these refurbished cartridges, far in excess of any of the IT contracts in the same publication that would indicate a move away from the endless reams of paper that are generated by the Ctrl-P or Apple-P or Command-P functions.

It strikes me that the use of the computer has probably generated even more paper usage and waste than we thought we would save by replacing our pen with a keyboard and our dayplanner with a productivity suite. So I did some really bad journalistic investigation to see what I could find out.

First I compared some Google search terms.

– “toner cartridge” generated about 8.7 million responses
– “paperless office” generated about 700,000 responses
– “printer” topped out over a billion responses
– “monitor” returned about 670,000 responses

The good news was that PDF returned about 2 billion responses so at least we know people are trying to reduce paper usage by turning documents into PDF. But then we print PDFs all the time – so if each PDF response was printed out 5 times and averaged 2 pages that would account for 20 billion sheets of paper or 2,400,096 trees or 3524 acres of forest.

In the end, we know it has nothing to do with technology preference, choice or anything like that. It is still all about lifestyle, choices, safe thinking and preservation of ritual. We need the chainsaws running if we are going to keep up with the advances in technology.

Sad, but true.

Some more helpful but somewhat useless facts to help you determine the impact of Ctrl-P:

– 1 ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing and office paper uses 24 trees
– 1 ton of 100% virgin (non-recycled) newsprint uses 12 trees
– A “pallet” of copier paper (20-lb. sheet weight, or 20#) contains 40 cartons and weighs 1 ton. Therefore,
– 1 carton (10 reams) of 100% virgin copier paper uses .6 trees
– 1 tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,333.3 sheets
– 1 ream (500 sheets) uses 6% of a tree (and those add up quickly!)
– 1 ton of coated, higher-end virgin magazine paper (used for glossy magazines like National Geographic and many others) uses a little more than 15 trees (15.36)
– 1 ton of coated, lower-end virgin magazine paper (used for newsmagazines and most catalogs) uses nearly 8 trees (7.68)
Source: Conservatree

Here are my suggestions to get this on track:

– Stop printing emails
– Get a better monitor (for $200) so you can read things online
– Only print the parts of a PDF that you need to read on paper
– Use best practices in web design to allow font resizing and optimizing layouts for print
– Stop printing ppt – you hate ppt shows, why print them out?
– Keep all the things you print out in your laptop bag each week – this should make it clear if you have a printing problem
– Make all your graphics and illustrations 72 dpi or 96 dpi – that way they look great on screen and they suck in print

And finally, check to see how much your local government is spending on printing things out, and see if you cant find some opportunistic technology solutions to help them address this obvious atrocity at the expense of the taxpayer.

On Top of Enterprise Services

Winners of the SAP TechEd DEMO JAM are posted here

Matthias Zellar of Adobe, took second place with Using Adobe Flex to Build Rich Internet Applications on Top of Enterprise Services. Matthias’ demo extends the demo he presented at SAP TechEd ’06, “Exposing Web Services in ABAP, by enriching an ABAP web service with an Adobe Flex-based user interface. In the demo, Matthias activated a web service of the popular sample flight database. He then consumed the web service with the Adobe Flex Builder IDE and developed a dynamic data grid. Finally, Matthias compiled and ran the application in the Internet Explorer browser.

InterAKT with Adobe

Awesome news finally out today that we acquired Romania-based software firm InterAKT, the folks responsible for some of the most useful Dreamweaver extensions in the business and that sweet little Javascript editor, JSEclipse.

Officially speaking, the acquisition will enhance Adobe products, including Macromedia® Dreamweaver® and Adobe® Flex® software, and bolster Adobe’s presence in Eastern Europe. Don’t ask me for any specifics on the deal, but it is obvious that commercially this represents some exciting opportunities to extend Dreamweaver’s capabilities for web application development and to simultaneously expand the Flex lineup.

Alexandru Costin and Bogdan Ripa have created a terrific team who really get web application development and they have put out some exciting technologies, and these will either be provided via Adobe Labs, discontinued, or available within Kollection – a newly expanded version of MX Kollection Pro, InterAKT’s most popular product.

Specifically, JSEclipse should be posted on Adobe Labs in the next little while, and Phakt will be posted for free on the Exchange.

I know that James Governor will want to weigh in about our continued unhealthy obsession with Java, but IMHO it just got a whole lot healthier. At least it weighs less, runs faster and generally looks healthier from an R&D perspective. Call me superficial….