My technology week in review ending 2010.01.31

My summary of interesting URLs from last week, including stories related to:

  • SQL and DB2 - Customer feedback on DB2 LUW v9.7
  • Software development - Joomla, Perl tutorials, ProjectZero, Software Carpentry
  • Web tools and standards - CSS and SVG
  • AI, Robots, and the Singularity - Living with Robots
  • Articles I commented on - what our dishwasher knows
  • TED talks - lots!

And for those of you on Twitter, the stories relate to: @robintransition @zurb @ProjectZero

(As always, most of the text is lifted directly from the related websites and isn't my own text.)

SQL and DB2

Links related to SQL or more specifically IBM DB2.

Jean-Marc Blaise on his experiences with DB2 v9.7 on Vimeo

Jean-Marc Blaise, IT Architect at Venedim in Paris, talks about his experiences with the new version of the IBM DB2 database. Jean Marc was one of the early beta testers of DB2 9.7 and he has put it through its paces with a number of the customers he has consulted with.

Delicious tags: IBM DB2 SQL Blaise

Software development

Programs and processes used to streamline and self-document the development of software. Agile, Object-Oriented, Online, etc...:

Joomla QuickStart videos

Videos by Michael Casha introducing various aspects of Joomla. Distributed under the Joomla! Electronic Documentation License

Delicious tags: video tutorial howto webdesign webdev quickstart joomla development

Wide range of Perl Tutorials | PerlMonks
A wide range of Perl tutorials, covering the basics, Modules, web programming and XML, regular expressions, database programming, Object Oriented Programing, User Interfaces, and so on.

Delicious tags: Perl perlmonks tutorial programming development

Project Zero - WebSphere sMash

Delivering the best of agile Web 2.0 with PHP scripting, REST and Dojo in an integrated runtime and tooling package: IBM WebSphere sMash

Delicious tags: ibm php ajax development web2.0 framework rest java sMash agile
Associated Twitter users: @ProjectZero

Wide range of Perl Tutorials | PerlMonks
A wide range of Perl tutorials, covering the basics, Modules, web programming and XML, regular expressions, database programming, Object Oriented Programing, User Interfaces, and so on.

Delicious tags: Perl perlmonks tutorial programming development

Software Carpentry course

Software Carpentry is an intensive introduction to basic software development practices for scientists and engineers, using Python. All of the material is open source: it may be used freely by anyone for educational or commercial purposes. The course was offered July 13-31, 2009, at the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta. Slides from the guest lectures on July 29 are available, as are the exercises the students did during the course.

Delicious tags: programming python tutorial software development education reference UofT

Web tools and standards

Improvements in the web continue; some links related to the standards and tools that are defining the power and scope of the web:

3 Ways to Add Depth to Any Website with CSS | ZURB

One technique we use regularly is adding depth to a design to give it that extra flair. Here are three ways to add visual depth to any website—with nothing but CSS.

Delicious tags: css webdesign tips design tutorial web
Associated Twitter users: @zurb

Using SVG For Flexible, Scalable, and Fun Backgrounds, Part I | A List Apart
In this introductory article, I’ll cover some important considerations for working with SVG, including browser support and accessibility. Read Part II to learn how to find and adapt SVG you can find online, or how to create your own SVG drawings and add them to your web pages.

Delicious tags: svg webdesign css javascript tutorial html vector graphics web

AI, Robots, and the Singularity

Artificial Intelligence, augmented reality, human-robotic interfaces, "our intelligence will become increasingly nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today".

Asimo stars in Living With Robots (video) | Engadget

A short film that investigates "humankind's keen interest in robots and how robots can challenge the impossible by saving lives while also holding the promise to become more integrated and helpful in daily life."

Delicious tags: robots singularity Honda Asimo AI

Articles I commented on

Articles or blog posts that I commented on.
What our dishwasher knows about my family | IT, Life, DB2, pureXML, House Construction
What other of the electric household appliances are spying on us? If someone is reading out all of them, what picture would that give? What machine would be my biggest enemy? Let me know your machines and what data they can collect.

Delicious tags: commented-on home automation

TED talks

The TED talks I watched this week. They are all highly recommended
Rob Hopkins: Transition to a world without oil | Video on
Rob Hopkins reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running out. He proposes a unique solution to this problem -- the Transition response, where we prepare ourselves for life without oil and sacrifice our luxuries to build systems and communities that are completely independent of fossil fuels. See also

Delicious tags: energy environment technology ted video Hopkins
Associated Twitter users: @robintransition

Fields Wicker-Miurin: Learning from leadership's "missing manual" | Video on
Leadership doesn't have a user's manual, but Fields Wicker-Miurin says stories of remarkable, local leaders are the next best thing. At a TED salon in London, she shares three.

Delicious tags: leadership ted video inspiration Wicker-Miurin

Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting | Video on
With wisdom and wit, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India's Golden Desert to harvest water. These structures are still used today -- and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.

Delicious tags: history water ted video Mishra India Innovation

Scott Kim takes apart the art of puzzles | Video on
At the 2008 EG conference, famed puzzle designer Scott Kim takes us inside the puzzle-maker's frame of mind. Sampling his career's work, he introduces a few of the most popular types, and shares the fascinations that inspired some of his best.

Delicious tags: creativity design ted video puzzles