July 21st, 2005

Another dose of shameless self promotion...

...as the Guardian prints my piece on AJAX, the technology behind Google Maps (and chunks of this site). So if you want a quick introduction to the future of the web, take a look at "Old dog learns new tricks".
The web has been wonderful for reading information but not so good for more complex tasks such as filling in forms or handling email. That's because everything has to be sent from the remote web server: booking holidays, online banking and similar applications often involve filling in the boxes, clicking a button, waiting for a result ... then filling in all the boxes again.

But this is starting to change with the arrival of responsive new systems such as Google Maps and Flickr. These are, effectively, applications which run inside your web browser, meaning you don't have to refresh the whole page to get the information you want.
Read on for what AJAX means for the future - and a little scoopette on what it means for Microsoft's Longhorn and its Avalon user interface...

[as always you can find an archive of my Guardian features here.]

I'm actually quite amused that I've got what's essentially a developer piece into a national newspaper

Checking in again...

marypcb and I just got home from a very interesting day in Bracknell*, and heard the news...

*Yes, you can have interesting days in Bracknell, especially when it's spent learning more about the strategy of a technology company you've been tracking for almost as long as you've been an IT writer...
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CGI 1999

While playing about with Google Suggest, I cam across this rather wonderful site: the development of a massive CGI model of Space 1999's iconic Eagle.

The artist has spent a lot of time and effort producing as realistic an image as possible. Its 22000 NURBS wireframe surfaces and 3000 mapping files go together to make one massive model - and the resulting images are quite spectacular. The Orbit poster is just amazing...



Plenty of images to download for use as screen backdrops too...