Relational, XML and RDF databases

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Danny Ayers on relational, xml and RDF databases: “Traditional relational databases work best with table-shaped data. XML databases work best with tree-shaped data. RDF databases work best with graph-shaped data. The Web consists of graph-shaped data.” XML data is already being mapped to relational (Microsoft and Oracle efforts). Similar efforts exist in the case of […]

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My wishlist for Yahoo Groups

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Have been using Yahoo Groups on and off for a few years. In fact, I started when they were eGroups. More recently I have been active in one of our alumni groups. Here is a wishlist based on the things we want to do. 1. A better database facility. It will be nice to have […]

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Designing the Future

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“if you use nature as a model and mentor, if you use modern designs and chemicals that are safe. Growth is destructive if you use energy not from the sun and a system of chemicals that is toxic, so it’s anti-life.” “The China Housing Industry Association has the responsibility for building housing for 400 million […]

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My wishlist for Google Desktop Search

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" Google Inc. today announced a beta desktop search application that enables users to search their email, files, web history, and chats. Called Google Desktop Search, this new application makes it possible for users to find information on their computers as fast and easily as they can search the web with Google. " It is so […]

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Ink Markup Language

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“InkML supports a complete and accurate representation of digital ink. For instance, in addition to the pen position over time, InkML allows recording of information about transducer device characteristics and detailed dynamic behavior to support applications such as handwriting recognition and authentication. For example, there is support for recording additional channels such as pen tilt, […]

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Wiki Usage Patterns

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After a coffee meeting with Eugene yesterday, I was exploring some wiki usage patterns. I found this page on mining a wiki. This technique may turn out to be an interesting feature for a wiki engine. Scrolling down through the comments, I found these nuggets: Using Link Structure to mine the web – Michael Feathers […]

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XML and Eclipse Modeling Framwork

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“EMF is a modeling framework and code generation facility for building tools and other applications based on a structured data model. From a model specification described in XMI, EMF provides tools and runtime support to produce a set of Java classes for the model, a set of adapter classes that enable viewing and command-based editing […]

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Bill Gates on Blogs as Business Tools

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Microsoft’s Gates Touts Blogging as Business Tool. Gates described to his audience, which included Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Michael Dell, Carly Fiorina, Barry Diller and other top business executives, how blogs worked and suggested that they could be used as a tool for businesses to communicate with customers. “It’s getting away from the drawbacks of […]

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Documents for Everyone

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Documents for everyone seems to be the theme of this conference. Jon Udell said it yesterday and Adam said it again today. Jean Paoli provided probably the most compelling evidence of this theme in his presentation towards the end of the day. “We need to make things simpler”, says Adam, maintaining that XML and web […]

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