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Maker Faire this weekend!

The first Maker Faire is this weekend:

Join the creators of MAKE magazine, the MythBusters, and thousands of tech DIY enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, science clubs, students, and authors at MAKE’s first ever Maker Faire! Browse the complete online program!

Opera 9b Released on Earth Day

What is the significance of the brand-new Opera 9 beta being released on Earth Day? Probably nothing. It’s just that I wanted an excuse to point to the Opera 9b release as well as

Yahoo! User Interface Library

It lives! I’ve been pushing and planning for this since last summer, and I couldn’t be more excited. Nor could I be happier with the response we’ve received so far from all of you. Thanks for the encouragement and all the kind words.

What am I talking about? About nine hours ago we publicly released and open-sourced two cool previously-internal libraries, a companion blog, and an article on Graded Browser Support that I authored:

Yahoo! User Interface Library – Industrial-grade JavaScript for DHTML and Ajax. The same libraries that power Yahoo! today.

Yahoo! Design Patterns Library – Our thinking and solutions on common interface design issues.

Yahoo! User Interface Blog – News and Articles about Designing and Developing with Yahoo! Libraries (rss)

Graded Browser Support (article) – An inclusive definition of support and a framework for taming the ever-expanding world of browsers and frontend technologies.

If you have any questions, let me know. I’ll be posting more details on the blog throughout the week (and ongoing), but wanted to get the links up now before bed.

For a more thorough introduction and more links, check out the first three posts on

7 Characterists of Web 2.0 Development Practices, from O’Reilly Radar

Marc Hedlund writes on the O’Reilly Radar blog about “Web Development 2.0“. In his experience, “many startups and companies seem to be developing a new set of software development practices”:

Software isn’t written for Web 2.0 companies the way it was during the
bubble, nor is it written the way traditional, shipped software was.
New ideas about Web applications seem to necessitate new ways of making those applications.

He reports on 7 characteristics:

  1. The shadow app
  2. Sampling and testing
  3. Build on your own API
  4. Ship timestamps, not versions
  5. Developers – and users – do the quality assurance
  6. Developers – and executives – do the support
  7. The eternal beta

He’s got a paragraph or two under each of those bullets, so I encourage you to head over and take a read. I’m a big fan of #3, and have been doing #2, #4, and $5 for years. What about you? Any to add to the list?

Ad-hoc Collaboration – Brainsjams in DC

I wrote about Brainjams last month, and do so again today to announce their next Brainjams event, this one Monday, January 30th, in Washington DC. If you’re planning on attending this free event, head over to the registration form to claim your seat before they’re all taken.

Bringjams bring tech and non-tech people from all walks of life together to discuss how people actually use the tools many of us are building. Being in DC instead of deep in Silicon Valley should be especially interesting, so I’m doubly sad to be missing this one.

Ouch! Where did the Wow go?

In 2004, Google could do no wrong. I don’t have a Lexus/Nexus account, but I bet one would be hard-pressed to find any negative coverage about them in 2004. In 2005, they built on gmail, the quintessential-wow product, and rocked the industry with gmaps (in the process making Ajax one of the top memes of the year).

But throughout 2005, the negative press began to appear. There were many flareups over privacy and copyright (Print, Desktop Search, AdSense). Many products fizzled (Talk, Base), lost steam (Orkut), or didn’t do much of anything (personalized homepage, Froogle). And to many pundit’s dismay, they continued to move away from their core competencies and into seemingly *every* business around.

But today marks, for me, some of the most scathing words I’ve read about them. A sense of frustration and disappointment. Not that it’s the most egregious thing they’ve done, but CES and the Google Video launch (with DRM) seem to have backfired a bit. Take a look at the roundup of the press that Techdirt’s Mike offers in his “We Sat Around Waiting For Google Video And All We Got Was This?” post.

(For even more, look at the cluster around this topic on Memeorandum.)

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