Entity Extraction, XQuery the Semantic Web and Johnny Depp

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time dealing with entity extraction software for a client. The premise that most such extraction tools use is fairly similar – by creating an internal pipeline that will break down text into parts of speech and similar constructs, then applying a set of regular expression heuristics, it should […]

Bad Call? Microsoft Buys Skype

Software titan Microsoft just purchased Skype, whose voip-based services have made it one of the largest players in the web telecommunications space. The deal, for $8.5 billion in cash, provides a major benefit to Microsoft, which has struggled to remain competitive with their Live Meeting offerings and significantly expands their consumer base, but also indirectly […]

Building Dynamic BBCode Into Your XML Blogs

I love XML. Sometimes, however, there are times where XML can become rather cumbersome to work with – for instance, try writing a book sometimes on HTML and SVG using DocBook (something I’m currently undertaking for O’Reilly Press). The amount of times that you have to work with < content in this context can easily […]

Elegant “contentEditable” Solution for XML

If you’ve ever wanted to do WYSIWYG editing of XML in a browser, I think you’re going to like the elegant solution I stumbled across.  The idea actually culminated from reading Kurt Cagle’s excitement around XQuery in the Browser, and my desire to create a MLUC DemoJam entry that could excite publishers about my latest […]