Enterprise AJAX

There’s something very interesting going on right now in the enterprise software world. For the first time since the invention of the personal computer, the UI paradigm being used by coders building business applications is richer and more powerful than the approach being used by coders building consumer applications (which usually get all the glory). There has never been a better time to be in an enterprise UI developer.

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eBay and Skype: two great tastes that taste great together

As everyone knows by now, eBay has agreed to acquire Skype. A lot of smart people are saying this is a dumb move, while others think it was brilliant. I’m happy to see skepticism (it’s a good antidote to the naive internet cheerleading that caused the original boom). But as a heavy Skype user, and as someone who has done a lot of consulting work for eBay, I think this deal is a master-stroke for eBay. Here are my reasons:

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Google sightings: adding richness to results

A query on “subversion” now surfaces links for download, UML, FAQ, and project page as sub-elements of the first result. Nicely done! Google is building more useful data into each results (searches on company names now reveal the current stock price, for example), but this is the first time I’ve seen the most useful subsections of a site called out like that. Click on the image for a larger view.