It’s just data

Type Safety in a Loosely Coupled World

Chris Sells: I have always turned up my nose at run-time type checking until I realized (and this is the insight I got from Tim's talk) that *all* marshaling-based type checking is done at run-time.  Excellent!

Now for fun: what is '1' + '2'?  The answer may surprise you.  C# and Java agree (insert obvious joke here), but get a different answer than C, Perl, or Python do (which get three different answers).  Here's some test programs.

public class test {
  public static void Main(string[] args) {
    System.Console.WriteLine('1' + '2');

public class test {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    System.out.println('1' + '2');

More on this subject can be found in Dealing with Diversity

RSS Usability testing

Mark Pilgrim: Guess what this means.  I'm quite interested in hearing the results.  People are welcome to leave their feedback here.

RSS2 comments

Dave Winer: When Radio reads an RSS feed that contains links to comments, it shows them on the News page, so if you read something there and want to comment (and the site supports them) you can just click on the Comments link and you're there.  I'm in.  I've added a comments element to my rss2 feed.  I also continue to provide the number of comments made on the entry to date.