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Friday, November 24, 2000
Wednesday, November 22, 2000
The much-anticipated November 2000 release of the SOAP Toolkit for Visual Studio 6.0 has improved security features by making use of the commonly used protocol SSL (Secure Socket Layer) for message transmission over the Internet.
We were going to make a turducken for Thanksgiving, but since some people who really wanted to share one with us aren't going to be in town, and since K. thinks it will be more work than it's worth, we have changed our plans. Now we will just be having a tur.
Speaking of which, I've got to go shopping today to buy the supplies for tomorrow's feast! The good news is that since everybody is travelling today, the stores will probably be pretty much empty. Right?
Tuesday, November 21, 2000
An overview and evaluation of a number of web scripting tools, including Mason, PHP, ASP/VBScript, ASP/Perl, Cold Fusion, Embperl, JSP, Lasso and Zope. The goal of this document is to provide a basic guide to developers who are trying to decide what scripting solution they should use.
Derek brought over a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau, which we shared while munching on pistachios, popcorn, and wedges of parmigiano reggiano (thanks Stewart).
While discussing the cheese, Derek did a little surfing and found a degree of redundancy in a URL never before seen:
http://www.parmigiano- reggiano.it/Database/parmigianoreggiano/parmigiano- reggiano.nsf/fr_english.htm
While discussing Marcella Hazan (finest writer of Italian cook books), Derek went to Amazon and did a search for "Marcella", which turned up the strangest book: Cadaver Dog Handbook Forensic Training and Tactics for the Recovery of Human Remains.
I have no idea what any of this means.
Monday, November 20, 2000
It didn't take me long to adjust some code so that my DHTML navigation works properly in NS6, although I was disappointed to find that they have not implemented the opacity found in Mozilla M17 (see here), so NS6 users are stuck with the old .gif screen opacity hack.
I also found a bug that affects the cellpadding of tables nested in absolutely positioned DIVs, which is why the site navigation looks a bit different if you are using NS6. I documented it here, where you will see that the table's cellpadding is lost when the DIV is moved.
I have been collecting useful links related to the NS6 release, but my collection pales in comparison to the resources and links David Flanagan has collected. I will highlight two of special interest to developers:
-Netscape 6 Release Notes
-Netscape 6 Developer Release Notes
BONUS LINKS: full installer downloads, so you don't have to use the lousy network installer!
-Mac (14 megs
-Win32 (25 megs)
-Unix (29 megs)