Category Archives: Web

Reactions as Another Aspect of Social Media

One of the new trends in making web content more social is the recording of reader impressions or reactions. For example, I just read an article about Father’s Day and the article included a poll that allowed me to quickly provide my response or impression of the content. The poll wasn’t a questionnaire that I’d never… Read More »

Deconstructing BCP 47

BCP 47 stands for Best Common Practice 47, and even without the acronym, the name alone means almost nothing. So, what is BCP 47? BCP 47 is the current best practice for creating language codes. A language code is a text identifier that specifies a specific human language, and the code provides the means to… Read More »

Google’s Dart is JavaScript++?

Several years ago, Google was unhappy with the pace of change in the Java language and community. Their solution was to create the Dalvik VM and their Android platform. They were careful to not call it a Java platform, a Java implementation, JVM, or JRE; instead, they said it was the Java language on the… Read More »

The difference between 1st and 3rd party cookies

The question: What’s a third party cookie? OK, let’s assume I’m an expert at these things, which I’m not, but let’s just assume that I play an expert at these things. Here’s your answer…. Cookies are small pieces of information stored in your browser’s cached files. If you visit a site, say example.com, that site… Read More »

Encoding URLs for non-ASCII query params

Are you a web service API developer? The web truly is a world-wide web. Unfortunately, a great number of globally unaware developers are on the global web. This creates an odd situation in which web services are globally accessible but only locally or regionally aware. There are a few important things to remember when creating… Read More »

Twitter begins crowd-sourced translations

Recently I became aware of Twitter’s new translation initiative that enlists the help of its user base. I think it’s a unique and possibly worthwhile gamble. After all, the translations are free, and twitter pays it users by giving them a …. “special badge on their public Twitter page displaying their status as an official… Read More »