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Google Release AJAXSLT

Google have just released AJAXSLT.

…an implementation of XSL-T in JavaScript, intended for use in fat web pages, which are nowadays referred to as AJAX applications.

I'm looking forward to playing around with this.  I have being doing a lot of work with XSLT lately so it will be interesting to see how Google have married this with AJAX. 


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Java and USB devices

Here is an interesting artice from Jeff Friesen discussing how to interact with a USB device using java: 

Java and USB by Jeff Friesen — Want to use a USB device in Java? Some with native abstractions, like mass-storage drives, work as you'd expect, but many devices like webcams and game controllers are simply invisible to the Java programmer. Jeff Friesen looks at two APIs that expose USB devices to Java, then shows how to build a Java USB implementation of your own.

Currently, Java does not officially support USB but Jeff discusses how you can use thirdparty APIs as well as his own API.  Readers may also be interested in the Bluetooth JSR.

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Google Checkout

It looks like Google Checkout is about to launch.  This will be a direct competitor of Paypal who up until now have been the dominate player in the e-payment market.   Google plan to integrate their Adwords service with Checkout.  This means that a person searching the web can see that a site advertised accepts Google Checkout payments.  Their will also be incentives for Adwords customer in the form of discounts for Checkout in return for money spent on Adwords.

As Google are able to gather immense amounts of information about buyer behavior from their search engine and Adword programs, it looks like Google Calendar could be a very powerful tool for any on-line store.

 Google have also released an API for developers to interact with Checkout.  Anyone that is interested in Developing using this API should check out the cookbook.

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Google Calendar

I have been looking at yet another great tool from Google.   In true Web 2.0 style Google calendar allows people to share calendar events with on the web.  They provide an API so I am going to try to integrate my public events with my web site.

On a different note, I was at another DJMG meeting last week where we discussed dynamic languages such as Ruby on Rails and Groovy.  It looks like there are a lot of advantages to using these languages over the conventional Java program.  Jake was able to show us how Ruby on Rails can provide you with web interface to database tables in just a few clicks.   As we discussed this software works great for what 95% of web applications use J2EE for and at the end of the day this is what we usually are developing.

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