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Jon Udell

Jon Udell, who also writes Byte.com's "Tangled in the Threads" column, has been watching developments in groupware and collaborative online publishing for many years. Udell was one of the architects who designed the Safari Tech Books Online service. In this monthly column, he reports on developments in blogspace and web services.
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Applied Network Theory
Jon Udell examines the recent hype over network-based approaches to organization. If, as Jon concludes, the network is not only the computer, but also the operating system and the software development environment, how might this impact your role as a software developer? Feb. 11, 2003

Services and Links
Jon Udell shows how Web services--such as Erik Benson's All Consuming book site, or his own project, LibraryLookup--which can express themselves in terms of links, are poised to create powerful affordances for use, for imitation, and for discovery. Jan. 13, 2003

Scripting Groove Web Services
Jon Udell describes a proof-of-concept application using Groove Web Services, showing implementations in both Perl and C#. Dec. 9, 2002

Speakable Web Services
Jon Udell explores the speech technologies in Mac OS X in this article, focusing on building useful, voice-driven commands that invoke external as well as local Web services.  Nov. 8, 2002

Googling Your Email
Tired of searching through all of your mail just to find one particular message? Jon Udell looks at ZOË, software that can, in essence, Google your email. Written in Java, ZOË proxies your mail traffic and builds useful search and navigation mechanisms.  Oct. 7, 2002

Interaction Design and Agile Methods
In Jon Udell's latest column he explores interaction design--a methodology that produces software specifications by doing "ethnographic" research. Sep. 3, 2002

Scripting Collaborative Applications with Flash Communication Server MX
Flash MX and the FlashComm server together deliver event-driven peer networking, streaming-media services, powerful components that embody the essential tools of collaboration, and a productive scripting environment that targets networked teams of people. Aug. 2, 2002

Control Your Identity or Microsoft and Intel Will
In Jon Udell's latest column he discusses the Microsoft/Intel/AMD security scheme, Palladium, and why he advocates an alternative solution--digital certificate revocation.  Jul. 9, 2002

Seeing and Tuning Social Networks
Software is catching up with what we know about social networks: the greater the reach of your array, the more effective an actor you can be within an organization. Jon Udell talks with two observers about software that maps social networks and the patterns revealed. Jun. 4, 2002

Blogspace Under the Microscope
Backlinks are creating a new kind of feedback loop among blogger systems. Jon Udell looks to biology for a metaphor of how information loops spur the development of increasingly sophisticated systems in nature, and suggests that informational trails will have a similar effect online.  May. 3, 2002

Jon Udell: Instant Outlining, Instant Gratification
Jon Udell says the new Instant Outlining feature of Radio UserLand 8.0 turns it into something he's been waiting years for: a tool that keeps messages and attachments in context, and helps us get out of the swamp of email. Apr. 1, 2002

Jon Udell: Radio UserLand 8.0 Is a Lab for Group-Forming
Radio Userland 8.0 brings together blogging, cross linking, RSS syndication, referrer logs, and FTP upstreaming to create a topic-oriented web of smart people. Jon Udell says it's the laboratory for online group-forming that he's been awaiting for years.  Mar. 1, 2002

Quick and Dirty Topic Mapping
If you've ever tried to map out a taxonomy for an existing or future body of content, you know it can be a frustrating exercise. Here's a strategy for creating a taxonomy from the bottom up rather than top down -- including the Perl script to run it.  Feb. 4, 2002







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