by Kevin Dangoor
The site css Zen Garden: The Beauty in CSS Design is, indeed, a beautiful site that really shows how powerful CSS is.
Microsoft, having been found guilty of abusing monopoly power and sued by Netscape which it had essentially driven from the market, has reached a settlement with AOL, current owner of Netscape. According to the settlement, Microsoft will pay AOL $750 million. But, check this out:
Under the terms of the settlement, AOL, the world’s No. 1 Internet services provider, won the option to use Microsoft’s flagship digital media software as well as its Internet Explorer technology for Web browsing on a royalty-free basis for seven years.
To me, this paints the picture of AOL, stock battered, lots of debt, deciding that they don’t feel like continuing a long, drawn-out multiyear lawsuit with a company that has more cash than Fort Knox. So, Microsoft says “Hey! We’ll give you $750 million in cash if you’ll continue to use IE and also embrace Windows Media.” This is probably a pretty good deal for Microsoft, because
1) They were found guilty.
2) IE has not been visibly going anywhere, whereas AOL’s Netscape/Mozilla is releasing featureful new versions every 3 months
3) AOL’s WinAmp is fairly popular, too
4) AOL Time Warner happens to own one of the major record labels and a movie studio to boot
Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but somehow I doubt it. The one good thing is that AOL and Microsoft will reportedly cooperate on making their IM platforms interoperate.
I just came across this slightly older writing from Patrick about the pain of ActionForms in Struts. I, personally, have not written Struts code. In my last job, I managed some people who were writing Struts code, though. I’m aware of the benefits of MVC, but it really did seem like there was a whole lot of programmer overhead in writing Struts apps. xDoclet seems like one possible solution, but it really makes you wonder if the framework can or should be doing more. WebWork2 sounds promising, and we’re planning to try out both Struts and WW2 for an app we’re just starting.
President A P J Abdul Kalam on Wednesday urged Indian IT professionals to develop and specialise in open source code software rather than use proprietary solutions based on systems such as Microsoft Windows.