Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy New Year!

It has been a good 5 years since I started this blog. It's amazing how time flies, and how so much has changed (on the web and in the world) in half a decade. The internet has taken all of us to places we have never been before.

What will 2010 bring? An iTablet (iSlate?)from Apple? A trip to the Apollo 11 landing site? Awesome stories? The web browsers are just getting better and better.

Wishing all readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Closure (JS)

The Closure tools seem useful for building web apps. They include the Closure compiler, the Closure library and the Closure templates.

Check it out at

There is even a Closure Lite.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Flickr Photo of the Day: December in Central Park

December in Central Park, originally uploaded by Thomas Hawk

The Forth Paradigm

Dr. [Jim] Gray called the shift a “fourth paradigm.” The first three paradigms were experimental, theoretical and, more recently, computational science. He explained this paradigm as an evolving era in which an “exaflood” of observational data was threatening to overwhelm scientists. The only way to cope with it, he argued, was a new generation of scientific computing tools to manage, visualize and analyze the data flood.

Thomas Kuhn was the first to coin the phrase "paradigm shift". It is fascinating to see how the idea of "paradigm" (with respect to science) has developed in more recent times. Is there even a forth paradigm as suggested by Dr Jim Gray?