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Links You Don't Want to Miss: 03/20

03.20.2013
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Free Works

Marco Arment has some thoughts on the “monoculture” created by free products like Google Reader, and the complicated consequences that ensue. One particularly trenchant line:

Imagine how much worse it would be if website owners weren’t publishing open RSS feeds for anyone to fetch and process, but were instead posting each item to a proprietary Google API. We’d have almost no chance of building a successful alternative. That’s Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. (Does the shutdown make more sense now?)

20 “Best” Data Visualization Libraries
Not a bad list.  D3.js could stand to be a little higher, but it does have a steep learning curve, so that may have dropped its ranking.  If you want a breakdown of some of these tools, this article will give you quick overviews.

Programming is Not “Fun”
If you have fun while programming, Ross Duggan says that it tends to be a side-effect of being able to execute well. 


News

Google Drive Realtime API Lets You Build Collaborative Apps

Google Drive Realtime API allows you to collaborate on API development using similar functionality to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.  

Bitcoin Rises

After rallying and crashing once, the alternative currency Bitcoin is hitting historic highs recently. This piece from Al Jazeera traces its course.


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