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D and Tango

April 8th, 2009 No comments

The other day, I took another look at Tango, for D.

For those not initiated, Tango is a replacement library for the Digital Mars D programming language. It operates differently from the standard Phobos in terms of architecture, ethos and implementation style.

Having previously looked at it, my initial reaction was “Hmmm, seems silly to have implemented this, it doesn’t seem worth the effort to implement a second standard library”. I decided the other day to take another look at the project to try and understand it further.

Having read more about it, and tried to understand further, I can only say: “Wow”. It provides the langauge with the library to “do stuff” no simply a library with which to “implement stuff”.

I have an idea to resurrect my old FTPro software, and I’m now thinking that this would be a great backbone to develop this with. My only major hurdle to this at the moment is rebuilding my laptop….


December 19th, 2008 No comments

Some years ago, I learnt (from a magazine) about SOAP. I decided it was useful, but not that many people seemed to offer a useful service for it.

At Uni, we had a handful of lectures about it from a guest lecturer. Here, I learnt about the concept of WSDL and UDDI.

Now, many years later, I’ve seen requests at work for SOAP access several times within two weeks, where in the previous 4 and a half years, I’d seen none.

We’re now going through the painful process of working out how to implement some of these things in Progress 9.1D (OpenEdge 10 supports it out the box, but 9.1D has nothing).

I’ve taken it upon myself to try and get my head around these things again, and to look at how we can sensibly implement these technologies at work in a way that suits not just my projects massive worldwide foot print (which is getting bigger by the month), but also with other internal applications such as Internet to Application transfers (e.g. Customer facing sites to back office systems)

Having looked at UDDI, I’m amazed that there aren’t that many applications available to run a UDDI service. I’m also slightly amazed that no one has attempted to create a basic VMWare image which runs a UDDI service out of the box. When compared to the number of “turn-key” SVN servers, email servers, groupware servers, no one seems to have done a “turn-key” UDDI server. Especially seeing as “SOA” is a particular buzzword at the moment.

I guess I may have to work it out for myself!

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