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PHP Sucks, But It Doesn’t Matter

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Jeff Atwood at “Coding Horror” – PHP Sucks, But It Doesn’t Matter:

Some of the largest sites on the internet — sites you probably interact with on a daily basis — are written in PHP. If PHP sucks so profoundly, why is it powering so much of the internet?
The only conclusion I can draw is that building a compelling application is far more important than choice of language. While PHP wouldn’t be my choice, and if pressed, I might argue that it should never be the choice for any rational human being sitting in front of a computer, I can’t argue with the results.

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Written by Brajesh

May 23, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Posted in Coding, Trends

Only 38% Downloaders Paid for Radiohead’s Album “In Rainbows”

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In Rainbows,” a new record album from an English band Radiohead, has challenged the traditional music sales model by allowing listeners to determine the price they are willing to pay for the album which is available for download on its website.

Figures coming out from comScore – an internet marketing research company – 38% paying an average of about $6 seem much more realistic than the numbers floated earlier – average price between $5 and $8 for 1.2 million downloads.

I’m one of those 62%. Radiohead’s music is decent but not my taste. But, had the album not been available for download, I wouldn’t even have heard of them or their music. Moreover, they probably made much more money from these downloads than they could ever make from regular album release.

Written by Brajesh

November 6, 2007 at 8:57 pm

BitTorrent Protocol and Client Gone Closed

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Latest version of BitTorrent client (v 6.0), which is based on closed-source uTorrent (acquired a while back), has not been released, neither has been the protocol specs. The “official” BitTorrent client has never been very popular compared to other protocol implementations like Azureus and uTorrent.

Protocol specs, although technically closed, are available with very tightly maintained SDK license.  And, all previous version of protocol as well as the client are available openly.

In lifecycle of any technology “The step after ubiquity is invisibility“. I always hoped BitTorrent to follow that curve. Not anymore probably.

Written by Brajesh

August 9, 2007 at 11:54 am

Robots-Nocontent for Page Sections

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From my relatively little but significant “web-crawling” experience, one of the major problems is to scavenge meaningful content from the page- which requires that no navigation crap,  menus,  javascript and adverts should be indexed. Since there is no standard way web-devs design navigation, menus etc. it is impossible to code a parser that works 100% and is a big PITA.
However this piece on Yahoo! Search Blog is welcome news

webmasters can now mark parts of a page with a ‘robots-nocontent’ tag which will indicate to our crawler what parts of a page are unrelated to the main content and are only useful for visitors.

If the trend catches on, and becomes a standard (has to get Google’s support), it would be greatly helpful.

Written by Brajesh

May 3, 2007 at 9:47 am

Posted in Coding, Search, Trends, Yahoo!

Desktop vs Web Apps

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The Internet browser is the new OS. What if a “thin client application” becomes thicker than the “Thick”s of the lot. The problem with web applications– “[…]is that they have tried too hard to make the web into a complete application platform, to the point where they don’t even bother holding themselves to the same standards by which desktop application developers are judged.”

Intersting blog- Uncov

Written by Brajesh

April 22, 2007 at 4:29 pm

Posted in AJAX, Coding, Trends, Web 2.0

BitTorrent acquiring µTorrent

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µTorrent being the most lightweight (and most efficient) BitTorrent implementation, it’s an interesting move on the part of BitTorrent Inc. to acquire them.

Written by Brajesh

December 8, 2006 at 6:06 am

Posted in P2P, Trends

Gmail, XLS and Google Spreadsheets

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Google Spreadsheets

Interesting, yet inevitable move. Gmail has started suggesting to open attached XLS (Microsoft Excel) files in Google Spreadsheets.

Written by Brajesh

November 3, 2006 at 8:32 am

Posted in Google, Trends