Here’s a good comparison of REST and SOAP, two approaches for “Web Services”. Unlike a lot of discussions, this clearly explains the differences in philosophy between the two, and hence makes it a lot easier to decide which one you are most comfortable with.
Really interesting blog post by Tom Evslin (creator of Microsoft Exchange Server) on how information systems have evolved in a comparatively short period of time from being Hierarchical to Flat: The WorldWideWeb is where Moore’s Law met Metcalfe’s Law. Information management – the way we find out what we want to know – went from hierarchical to flat in just … Read More
Bruce Schneier quotes “Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief” : ” Nothing works more in a thief’s favor than people feeling secure. That’s why places that are heavily alarmed and guarded can sometimes be the easiest targets. The single most important factor in security – more than locks, alarms, sensors, or armed guards – is attitude. A building protected by … Read More
From Bruce Schneier’s web log: SHA-1 has been broken. In simple terms, a Hash algorithm takes a document and generates a fingerprint for it. If the document changes, so should the fingerprint. See here for a more more detailed explanation. Hashes are an important part of any Digital Signature scheme, and SHA-1 is one of the more popular (and until … Read More