News and commentary from the cross-platform scripting community.
Friday, June 6, 1997DaveNet: Brains and Sex Appeal.
Maggy Donea: Scripting News redesign. (It will evolve over the weekend.)
JavaSoft ships a Java-based web server. US$295. According to InfoWorld, "Java Web Server is available for Sun Solaris, Windows 95, and Windows NT, and Sun claims that it can be easily ported to other platforms."
Mail Starting 6/6/97. (Includes a first look at the Java web server.)
I wish Erik Sherman of MacWEEK had told his readers about the connection between Frontier and BBEdit.
Whitford Middle School uses Frontier for its website.
Fascinating! Preston's Amazing Puzzle.
Funny! Euro Language.
InfoWorld: Apple will port AppleScript to Rhapsody.
The DaveNet view of the Mac-only ODB Engine from September 1996.
AskSam does database publishing on the Internet.
What is Drumbeat?
ObjectStore PSE, persistent storage for Java, C++ and ActiveX.
Thursday, June 5, 1997From August 1996, a fat page containing suites.mailShop, an attempt at email nirvana. Contains code that could be useful to people implementing a mail server in Frontier. Provided as-is, all source included, feel free to scavenge.
DaveNet: Where the Okies Went.
Mail Starting 6/5/97.
Microsoft takes the high road as we suggested in Saving Netscape's Pride.
June 19: Apple CEO Gil Amelio at the Stanford CEO Forum.
June 26: Apple founder Steve Wozniak will keynote MacHack 97.
Another news page, this one is not done with NewsPage, but it's still cooool.
Atlantic Monthly: Whatever happened to multimedia?
Wednesday, June 4, 1997The first public release of ODB Engine 1.0b6. Yes, it's cross-platform. Wow! (A milestone.)
Quark Publishing System -- is this the prototype for a web publishing system implemented in Frontier? Please send email to email@example.com if you have experience with QPS. Thanks!
CPAN is to PERL what the LTODBS is to Frontier.
Jesse Berst: Controversy Clouds Java's Future.
Three DaveNet pieces from April: Hail Mary!, Hail This! and Bill Gates on Java. (I guess Java inspires football analogies.)
New Frontier sites: Calvary Presbyterian Church, Barreau du Québec, The Pixel Pen.
It seems like I'm pointing to HotWired's Packet channel every day. Today's piece by Simson Garfinkel is an invaluble explanation of how MAE West works. Our ISP, Conxion, is linked into MAE West, which means that DaveNet and Scripting News come thru the MAE system (I think...).
ZipIt is a Macintosh program that zips and unzips archives in a format fully compatible with PKZip for the IBM and zip implementations on other systems. It's vastly easier to use than the Windows equivalent program, WinZip, which is a dauntingly complex maze of wizards and vacuous help files.
ZipMagic -- use zip files without unzipping them. (Windows)
Tuesday, June 3, 1997Frontier Image Management List.
Unsolicited endorsement: It's been a long time since I've enjoyed learning a new product as much as I've enjoyed TypeStyler. It's a type-creator, with infinite options, elegant user interface, and it always surprises me with the great output it produces. If you use PhotoShop to do your type styling, check this one out. It's a real score!
Beautiful writing! Dethe Elza on Gardens.
Scripting News redesigns: Jeb Bateman, Chris Gorski, Adam Rice.
Netscape-WebMonkey: Dynamic HTML contest. Win Netscape's respect (and lunch with Marc Andreessen). Get busy -- the closing date is tomorrow!
Brooke Shelby Biggs on HotWired: "Marimba, PointCast, and BackWeb are groovy technologies, but they're more trouble than they're worth. Email's the better, more democratic choice for push, and it's already here." More...
SJ Mercury: Microsoft finds that the ISP business is no picnic.
PC WEEK: Implementing a push solution from scratch. Cost: $540,500.
Monday, June 2, 1997
Apple opens a massive 75-page Mac advantage website. Except for one page, it's overwhelmingly about Apple products. There's a page for AppleScript, it mentions scripting of Windows apps. It's as if the Mac platform had no developers.
www.amazon.com: Atlas Shrugged, The Grapes of Wrath.
www.starmax.net: A Frontier site. We dig them clones!
Lyrics: I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee.
CNN: McVeigh verdict in -- guilty.
DaveNet: Where did the Okies go?
Mail Starting 6/2/97.
The ScriptWeb-announce list.
Brian Daly: Scripting News redesign.
Elise Palos: The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, banned in Kern County, in 1939.
Nathaniel Branden: The Benefits and Hazards of the Philosophy of Ayn Rand, in 1984.
Sheila Erickson: Scripting News redesign.
Sunday, June 1, 1997Check this one out. It's colorful!
A beautiful NewsPage site: Internet scripting and life in Japan.
Henry Norr in MacWEEK: Little progress in Apple's negotiations with Mac cloners.
Chris Schweitzer: Redesign of the Scripting News page.
Popsite does some of what the BBEdit/Frontier combo does.
A web-based Java applet that loads (almost) fast enough, but leaves me wanting more. See Mail Starting 5/29/97 for more info.
Wesley Felter: Generating Pointcast PCC files. Pointcast 2.0 is expected next week. This script makes it easy to turn a Frontier-managed website into a Pointcast channel.
Saturday, May 31, 1997A very coool redesign, with some ideas for the Frontier 5 site.
Don Larson suggests using Fractal Design's Poser to do the two hands giving each other 5.
Jim Roepcke: dynAuthor -- a suite of Frontier CGIs that make it easy for a webmaster to remotely edit, create and manage web pages and web sites using the Frontier web authoring framework.
Edward Leafe: suites.mailServer -- a basic outgoing-only mailing list server.
O'Reilly and Associates: Worldwide Web Journal.
Friday, May 30, 1997Matthew Bardram: A design that incorporates both Scripting News and Frontier 5. It's getting interesting!
Dan Sandler: Scripting News redesign.
Guest DaveNet: Jesse Berst on Web Development.
Dave Winer: The Next Design Challenge.
Test page for the Frontier 5 site.
Jesse Berst is singing our song on Anchor Desk. Right on!
Frontier 4, released in May 1996, over a year ago, had all the features described in Berst's piece. It's being refined and extended for Frontier 5.
Last week we pointed to the docs website for Vignette 2.2.
Thursday, May 29, 1997Clearway: Top Twenty Tips for Mac Webmasters.
Chicago Tribune: Frontier is a wild card.
Dave Winer: Java Needs Marimba?
Mail Starting 5/29/97.
Chuck Shotton: SiteWatcher; and Daniel Berlinger's traps table for Frontier.
Wednesday, May 28, 1997HTML Rename! looks quite excellent.
Microsoft updates the Channel Definition Format spec.
Purity Software: WebSentinel public beta.
John Norstad: WWDC Trip Report.
Changed formatting of this page so lines wrap properly in Netscape Navigator. If problems persist, please send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yale Web Style Guide.
Frontier users: It's a good time to Save A Copy.
CNN: Death toll from Texas tornadoes continues to rise.
Prayers for our friends in Austin, from the land of many earthquakes...
Check out Scripting News -- June 1997.