May 07


Path: mv.asterisco.pt!mvalente
From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
Newsgroups: mv
Subject: Asterisco.PT
Date: Sat, 26 May 07 03:12:21 GMT

(This one goes off in Portuguese…)

Depois de varios anos com o registo do dominio *.pt
(le-se asterisco.pt :-), decidi-me a dar um uso a coisa.
E uma forma de “dar ao dedo” outra vez em Zope, DTML,
Python e HTML/CSS

Vai servir para todas as semanas publicar um conjunto
de links relativos a tecnologia, media e telecomunicacoes
em Portugal. Aqueles que eu pessoalmente ache importantes.

Assim, numero 0: http://www.asterisco.pt/

O layout “sucka” em Internet Explorer, mas: I couldnt
care less…

— MV

May 07

E Justice

Path: mv.asterisco.pt!mvalente
From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
Newsgroups: mv
Subject: E Justice
Date: Sat, 22 May 07 00:08:21 GMT

Just got back from Brussels, after a meeting about
E-Justice in the European Council. Let me tell you,
the jetset lifestyle is highly overrated… planes
suck, airports suck, hotels suck, being alone in
Brussels sucks… On the other hand, Mort Subite,
Duvel, Chimay, Grimbergen and Delirium Tremens dont,
so thanks God for small things…


There are kids out there creating decentralized
and distributed content portals and virtual worlds,
out of free software, and generating more real cash
than some European contries. And yet I just had to
sit through a day-long meeting (10am-6pm) discussing
the definition of e-justice, whether its a good idea,
the so-called obvious need for a centralized agency
for management and the consequent need of a “serious”
feasibility study. This also sucked…

— MV

May 07

The Future of Web Development

Path: mv.asterisco.pt!mvalente
From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
Newsgroups: mv
Subject: The Future of Web Development
Date: Sat, 17 May 07 20:08:21 GMT

Ever since I chose Zope (back in 1999) as the basis for
easy web development, I’ve been constantly looking for better
alternatives. One such alternative, back in 2005, was (for
me) the choice of Nuxeo CPS (which is Zope based).


That constant search was definitely not helped by the
development of Zope 3; technically its brilliant; its a
total mess in pragmatic terms. Even I, with a brain the
size of the universe, am unable to totally grasp its
concepts. Which it figures: being the concept child of
Jim Fulton, a genius, trying to actually grasp it means
your brain could explode.

The search was also completely botched by Nuxeo’s option
to switch from Python development to Java development. I
guess stupidity is a God given right, so I won’t say much
about that choice.

Meanwhile, lots of stuff has come up: Django, Pylons,
TurboGears, Ruby on Rails, you name it… I dont want to
go over extensively why I dont like any of them, but let
me just state this: if the “framework” allows for the
mixing of layout/design/HTML with code/programming, for
me is enough of a disqualifier.

A mix of CherryPy with PyMeld is the closest thing that
I have found that aproximates what I have in mind, but
still not enough, which is why I’ve been thinking about
developing a “framework” of my own (dont we all…)


The Wheat project also seems to have some good ideas
but unfortunately it seems to have stopped:


My justification for the current lack of better choices
is that there’s a complete lack of understanding on the
relation between the 3-tier architectural pattern and the
MVC architectural pattern. If you think they are one and
the same thing, you dont know jackshit; if you know they
arent the same thing but fail to understand the relation
between those two, expect a post from me on the subject
one of these days. Meanwhile, go and read this:


Still, while on the lookout, I’ve always kept an eye out
for the ActiveGrid guys ( http://www.activegrid.com/ ). If
there’s someone who’s thinking long term and in terms of
future standards use (BPEL, XPath, XForms, etc), its them.

Their latest screencast is a feast for the eyes and mind
and puts to shame some of the “ooh-aah” demos that have
been floating around for the last 3 or 4 years. Go watch
it and cry:


— MV

May 07

My Way

Path: mv.asterisco.pt!mvalente
From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
Newsgroups: mv
Subject: My Way
Date: Sat, 17 May 07 06:08:21 GMT

“Now, you do just what
You choose to do
And I will be alone again tonight its true”

The Damned – Alone Again Or

“Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption

But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way

To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way,
Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way!”

Frank Sinatra – My Way

— MV

May 07

Open Source Elections

Path: mv.asterisco.pt!mvalente
From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
Newsgroups: mv
Subject: Open Source Elections
Date: Sat, 06 May 07 23:09:21 GMT

At 22 pm today, another portuguese election was
finished using solely open source software.


In case you’re wondering: Java+JBoss+PostgreSQL+Linux.

Plus assorted stuff like Rrdtool for monitoring (ninja
style, courtesy of Dr Pepper), Slony for DB replication
and Firefox to look at the bling (some generated by Dojo)

Another oportunity for some good teamwork between the
team at ITIJ and the team from Critical (who developed
the application). Thanks everyone…

An uneventful Sunday election, if it werent for the
fact that we had to wait 1 hour for the last 12 counties.
Everyone was counting on finishing by 9 a.m. and then
dinner at home, but it wasnt to be so.

It all points to us having to repeat the process in a
couple of months. It’ll be 5 elections in less than
2 years. At least the lookout on 2008 is nice. Parliament,
Government, Local and European elections are all set
to be in 2009… That’ll make for some free time in
2008 and I might just finish my master thesis.

— MV