RSS2Wap: Turn your feeds into WML.

Over at www.fredscapes.nl Fred is plea-ing that webloggers should care more about mobile devices (Dutch only).
Although the number of mobile devices is rising and the technology for delivering content to those devices has been around for years, I still haven’t gotten any experience developing for mobile. Sure, my phone contains a WAP-browser. But the resolution of the screen, connection speed and, more importantly, the absurd pricing of mobile surfing have kept me from doing anything serious with WML.
But I’ll take it into account Fred! 😉

RSS2WAP icon Fred does have an interesting tip: RSS2WAP. This is a service that can take your feed and transform it into a WML-page. No messing around. Just take the URL of your feed and voila, your mobile visitors (if any) can see the your latest content on their phone or PDA.

For those interested: See my WAP-enabled feed here! (Not visible in IE and Firefox)

XTech 2005 Conference

This week, from 24 till 27 of may, the XTech 2005 Conference is held in the Amsterdam RAI. So what is it about?

” XTech 2005 is the premier European conference for developers and managers working with XML and Web technologies, bringing together the worlds of web development, open source, semantic web and open standards. This year’s tracks include:

* Core Technologies
* Applications
* Browser Technology
* Open Data

Formerly known as the XML Europe conference, XTech has widened its scope to incorporate neighboring technologies from the web and business. As the use of XML broadens out beyond traditional core topics, we want to reflect that in the conference. As well as XML, XTech 2005 will cover web development, weblogging, search, the semantic web and more. “

Although I normally work with XML on a sideline (RSS and hacking XSLT), it sounds interesting.

Also interesting to see is that a lot of attendees are bloggers. All the updates can be seen at Planet XTech – Aggregated coverage from XTech 2005. They even have a wiki.
Nowadays its becoming even more common to have an online live coverage of events.

Favorite browser?

Yesterday I furled a CNET article which declared Mozilla Firefox victorious. Ok, ok, firefox won from contenders like IE, Opera & Netscape (8). All of which I didn’t suit me.

Here’s the real story. I’ve been using IE ever since IE3. Why? Well, I’ve won a cd-rom with IE3 along with a videotape of ‘The Net‘. Really! Well IE4 beat NS4 hands down… Ancient history.
Nowadays I’m a webdesigner and somewhat of a webdeveloper and I could use some no-name, obscure, backwards browser. But then I would be cutting myself in my fingers wouldn’t I? Who needs CSS anyway…

As a webdesigner you have to follow the flock. And if the herd is using IE as their preferred browser, you have to design accordingly. I would be happy to design for Konqueror if 90% of the population had installed it. But it’s IE. So? No problem. That’s what they are using, that’s what i’ll design/develop for.

Well a few months ago I did something bold. I had phoenix/firebird or what it was called back then. Nevermind, I had this option in the ‘Tools’ > ‘Options…’ > ‘General’ section with a checkbox to make Firefox my default browser. So I clicked it. Just to see if my Outlook would open links in Firefox instead of IE. It did. Having grown to IE I turned back to it to make IE my default browser again, who wants a beta version of a browser as their default? But… someone please, NOT, show me where the option is hidden… I couldn’t find the damn checkbox to make IE default again. 🙁

Having being stuck with Firefox wasn’t that bad. 🙂 I found that when there’s a javascript error, Firefox could show me the EXACT line of code that was bad. In IE times it was just guess and trackback. How sweet the alert(“over here”); was. 😉 It showed me what kind of HTML I was missing, or at least put in the wrong place (HTMLTidy). Where that &*(#&*$-div went, or didn’t went. What Google & Co could make of my pages. Well as a developer, I’m happy.

I’ll think I make a series of the goodness that came with firefox. But later…