Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Design and Implementation - Episode 1

Update: I managed to mess up the permissions on the MP3 file, resulting in a few "access denied" errors. Ironically, I did this while trying to fix the Content-Type. Anyway, it should be working again. Sorry!


(For the impatient: link to episode 1 (MP3).)


For a long time now, Tim and I have called each other up on the phone whenever we have an interesting or difficult technological decision to make. The conversations have often been very interesting, and are in a large part responsible for the way I think about software. A while back, I was thinking to myself, "Man, we should record these - I bet other people would be interested in this stuff as well."


So we did.


Announcing the first episode of "Design and Implementation", a podcast by Craig Andera and Tim Ewald. You can grab the MP3 here. In our inaugural episode, we explore the topic of web service architectural styles, such as REST, SOAP, RPC, and Resource-Orientation. If you read our blogs, you'll know it's something we've both been thinking a lot about recently.


At some point in the future, we'll get a proper landing page together, with a feed and everything, but until then just watch here or on Tim's blog for announcement of new episodes.


We've already got a few more shows planned out, but with two and a half kids between us and the usual demands of life, I don't think we're going to be able to post more often than once a month. After all, (apparently unlike Scott Hansel(Super)man), I need to sleep. :)


We had a great time doing the first show, and I think you'll enjoy it. That said, I know we have a lot to learn about recording and producing a show, so if you have any advice/compliments/complaints, please drop a comment here!


Once again, here's the link to episode 1.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

FlexWiki 2.0 Release Candidate 1 Available

I just posted the files for FlexWiki 2.0 Release Candidate 1. Woohoo! You can get it here.


Here are the release notes:


This is Release Candidate 1 of FlexWiki 2.0. Assuming we don't find any major bugs, this release will become the final FlexWiki 2.0 version: the Released To Web (RTW) version.


This version sports many, many improvements and enhancements over 2.0 Beta 2. Among these are:


  • Vastly improved performance

  • New tools for editing the configuration files via the web interface

  • Automated table-of-contents generation (via WikiTalk)

  • Page locking (a security feature)

  • Threaded message support for blog/forum-type behavior

  • An all-new default stylesheet for a fresh look

  • Support for file upload and page attachments

  • Improved XHTML compliance

  • Tons of bugfixes


This is not a complete list - there's lots more.


Thanks to Derek, John, and Nathan for all the great code, and to the FlexWiki community in general for all the excellent suggestions and feedback.