JavaScript Technology

Ajax the Manly Tech

Seems that O’Reilly has had another one of its invite-only summits, but this time about Ajax. If you’ve missed hearing about Ajax, it’s the web development equivalent of tags (as taxonomy) and metaformats (as semantics). This is part of the technology that makes America, well, America.

A new twist, though: As you can see from the list of attendees, Ajax is the new manly-man technology. Or if you prefer, stud muffin technology.

Hey! Hey! Hey, hey, hey!
Macho, macho tech (macho tech)
I’ve got to be, a macho tech
Macho, macho tech
I’ve got to be a macho! Ow….

Macho, macho tech
I’ve got to be, a macho tech
Macho, macho tech (yeah, yeah)
I’ve got to be a macho!

What’s the tech equivalent of butt cracks and belching? Oh, yeah! XmlHttpRequest and Javascript!

Normally I would be all up in arms about the absolutely abysmal ratio of women to men, except we’re talking about Ajax. What did one statement from this summit say? Ajax is to traditional Web, what IM is to Email. Nice and catchy, except I can think of a better analogy: Ajax is to traditional Web, what Miller Lite is to beer.

Macho, macho tech. I want to be a macho tech…

Technology Weblogging

One more release

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

There is some form of security problem with WordPress 1.5, and the developers haven’t identified it. Since Wordform is based on WordPress 1.5, I’ll have to try and guess what it is to fix it–if I am vulnerable to whatever it is.

I’ll be providing one more release of the code as soon as I can, and that will probably be it for me for awhile, as I won’t be online that much in the months to come. I’ve been working some odd jobs recently and that slowed the release of this product — but no one is dependent on it, it’s primarily for fun, anyway, so I don’t feel too badly.

The metadata portion of the application is fun and I think it’s interesting, and worth checking out for this if no other reason. I like the tool, but can’t recommend it to folks when things are so iffy.