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2 types of web developers

I’ve had this sense that there are 2 different types of web developers: artists and robots. “Artists” can think abstractly and design solutions that really feel good. “Robots” obsess over details that often don’t end up mattering to anyone other than themselves.

There are trade-offs to working with either though. Read on to find out what they are.

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Google Wave = Enterprise Facebook?

I find it ironic that I wanted corporate communications to be more like Facebook, and then Google announced Wave a couple weeks later.

Read on for more information about the fuss.

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CAPTCHAs with a purpose

reCAPTCHAAs a user of the Web, you’re probably familiar with CAPTCHAs. They’re the little word puzzle with the squiggly letters that you are required to type in when signing up for various services.

It’s estimated that 60 million CAPTCHAs are solved around the world each day. In light of this, Carnegie Mellon has created a program called reCAPTCHA that actually puts all of this superfluous work to use.

Read on to see what this is all about and how you can help out.

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Enterprise Facebook

What if your company’s intranet were more like Facebook? Isn’t the point of an intranet to spread ideas and information? Have you seen anything recently that does a better job of hooking in users than Facebook and Twitter?

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The confusion of new custom top level domains

Interesting ICANN announcement that anyone will be able to create their own custom top level domains (TLDs). So I would be able to buy a domain name like www.webdeveloper.chrispeters.

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The disposable interface

Imagine a world where your work is disposable. That’s right, trashed. You’re a COBOL programmer, and everyone wants to rewrite your applications in Java. HTML is all the rage.

A few years pass, and HTML isn’t good enough anymore. So that work gets entirely replaced by a Flex application.

Where does it end?

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RSS demystified

If you’ve done any reading up on Internet marketing, you’ve probably run across the term RSS. This video by Common Craft does the best job of explaining RSS, so I’ll just leave it up to them. Now that you know how to use a feed reader, why don’t you subscribe to my feed?

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Rant: The early adopters are grumbling about the Web’s going mainstream

As techies are starting to see more widespread adoption of web standards, they are starting to run out of things to complain about. They have been fighting the good fight for years!

Now we have a cluster of comments on Signal vs. Noise complaining about how standards and RSS are making designs and content on the Web “boring.” Some have gone as far as saying that they miss the inconsistent page designs found on 1990s Geocities sites. I know at some level that it’s just conversation, but give me a break.

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Strategizing an Intranet for the government

My team recently attended a presentation by Gartner Research called “Enterprise Portals: Their Strategic Future, Market and Value.” This was an exciting time for us because it gave us a few ideas on our own Intranet Portal project, and it helped validate most of the decisions we’ve made about the project.

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Free XML weather feed from the National Weather Service

Here is a fine example of the government putting forth an effort to present its electronic data to citizens in as many formats as possible. The National Weather Service now offers weather forecast information as a free SOAP-based Web service.

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