I was watching the BBC's production of Elizabeth Gaskell's wonderful North and South on my flight home from London today. What a powerful production! One of my favorite lines from the movie (and book) comes at the end of the first segment. Margaret Hale, the protagonist, reflecting on the working conditions in England's northern cotton factories (textile mills) says,I have seen Hell. And it is white. Snow white.The cotton trade enslaved workers to an almost bestial existence in Gaskell's time, though her words also reflect the factory owners' servile dependence on the same labor. … Read more
Developers interested in working with Facebook Platform, the new third-party widget initiative from the fast-growing social networking site, gathered in several locations on Wednesday evening to hold inaugural Developer Meetups. The New York get-together, hosted by local entrepreneur Amit Gupta, was attended by somewhere between 80 and 90 people--mostly either developers who wanted to learn how they can use Facebook's offerings, or start-up entrepreneurs who had caught the "every Web 2.0 company needs a Facebook Platform app" bug.
Attendees knew that the event would feature a videoconference with Facebook's director of platform, Dave Morin, who … Read more
BOSTON--eBay intends to expand into global e-commerce, in part by further integrating its Skype and PayPal acquisitions.
At its developer conference here on Wednesday, eBay hosted a talk with company founder and chairman Pierre Omidyar, investor and eBay director Robert Kagle, and eBay Markeplaces president John Donahoe.
Omidyar, who is now a philanthropist through the Omidyar Network, and Kagle, who made the initial venture investment in eBay, reflected on the events and ideas of online commerce and community that helped start the company.
All three executives said that eBay needs to extend its presence in different international markets and create … Read more
E-commerce company eBay relies heavily on outside developers--about one quarter of the commerce conducted on eBay happens through third-party tools.
The company on Monday kicked off its developers conference in Boston where it laid out the latest programs to entice developers to build add-ons and tools around the eBay auctioning site.
During the morning keynote speech, eBay announced new application programming interfaces to build eBay applications and tools to make widgets to embed eBay auctions in other Web sites.
BOSTON--eBay on Monday opened the doors to its developer conference, where the commerce giant announced a batch of new application-programming interfaces, or APIs, and showed off its new desktop application.
The company announced better-performing shopping Web services, an API for bidding on goods and a way to notify users about auctions through automated alerts.
In addition, the company is expected to demonstrate the desktop application for accessing eBay services, code-named the San Dimas project, during the morning keynote speech.
eBay next week will host a developer conference in Boston where the ecommerce heavyweight is expected to outline its Web services strategy.
The company is also expected to release a beta of the San Dimas project, a desktop version of the eBay application written using Adobe's Apollo platform. In true eBay style, the application was posted on eBay for others to bid on.
In a survey published this week, eBay got the highest marks among developers who write applications on top of Web site platforms using published application programming interfaces (APIs). Other Web companies in the survey included Amazon, … Read more
eBay gets the highest overall marks from developers as a Web platform provider followed by Yahoo and Microsoft's MSN, according to a new survey by Evans Data.
Although simmering for a while, the idea of building Web applications on top of large-scale commercial sites like Yahoo or Google has picked up steam significantly in the past two years.
This is an important transition in the application development area--and the Internet overall. As … Read more
Like a mini-version of SimCity, the Flash-based Web game Electrocity lets you develop your own metropolis from the ground up. Rather than existing solely as a entertaining Web diversion, however, Electrocity has a hidden agenda.
The sponsor of the game, Genesis Energy, is an energy provider and retailer in New Zealand. Electrocity was developed to increase public awareness about energy usage, its cost, and its effect on the environment.
Electrocity is a fairly simple, turn-based strategy game. You get 150 turns to create your masterpiece, but the challenge is to allocate resources wisely as you build. One-hundred and fifty turns … Read more
Microsoft loves developers, just ask CEO Steve Ballmer. But while the company has been making some of its tools available for free, it also likes to draw the line on just how much gets given away.
According to a report in The Register, the software company has taken an aversion to TestDriven.Net, an add-on to its Visual Studio developer tools. In particular, Microsoft doesn't like the fact that the software works with Visual Studio Express, the free version of the tools. E-mail exchanges between Microsoft and the small, U.K.-based software maker have gotten increasingly testy, having … Read more
Microsoft is rescheduling its Professional Developers Conference originally set to be held in October this year in Los Angeles.
The PDC is the company's premier developer event where it outlines major platform strategies. At the 2003 event, top executives, including Bill Gates, outlined the core components of Longhorn, which became Windows Vista.
Because Microsoft has released or is close to releasing many of its developer platform products, it has chosen to reschedule this year's PDC, according to a notice on its MSDN developer network Web site.
"By this fall, however, upcoming platform technologies including Windows Server 2008, … Read more