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[REBOL] Interesting Tech Developments

From: edoconnor:gmai:l at: 16-Dec-2007 10:42

A couple of really interesting releases took place this week. You've probably read about them already, but here they are: 1. Amazon SimpleDB http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html?node=342335011 Some quick overview details here: http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2007/12/amazon_launches.html Here's what Dave Weiner has to say about it: http://www.scripting.com/stories/2007/12/15/amazonRemovesTheDatabaseSc.html Key point, the wall is gone, replaced with a ramp. If you coded your database in Amazon to begin with you will never see the wall. As you need more capacity you have to do nothing, other than pay your bill. ... The design of Amazon's database is remarkably like the internal data structures of modern programming languages. Very much like a hash or a dictionary (what Perl and Python call these structures) ... In this way it's like XML. I imagine all languages have had to accommodate this feature of XML, so they should all map pretty well on Amazon's structure 2. Google Charts http://code.google.com/apis/chart/ Pretty simple on-the-fly .png chart creation, just construct the data for the chart in an HTTP GET. A sample call looks like: http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=p3&chd=s:Uf9a&chs=250x100&chl=REBOL|Python|Perl|Ruby IIRC, the ceiling on chart requests is 50,000 per day. Ed