Inspired by Jakub’s posting yesterday, I wondered how easy it would be to build an HTTP-to-Z39.50 gateway similar to his in Ruby, my language of the moment. Different languages offer different tools and different ways of doing things, and it’s always instructive to compare. Ruby libraries are generally distributed in the form of “gems”: packages analogous to […]

Yaz4J is a wrapper library over the client-specific parts of YAZ, a C-based Z39.50 toolkit, and allows you to use the ZOOM API directly from Java. Initial version of Yaz4j has been written by Rob Styles from Talis and the project is now developed and maintained at Index Data. ZOOM is a relatively straightforward API and with a few lines of code you can write a basic […]

Recently, my son asked me a series of questions about the cold war, and the political/military paradigm of mutually assured destruction (MAD for short). It’s always seemed like an odd premise to me, and somehow, discussing it with a 13-year old doesn’t make it look any more sensible. However, we came to agree that landing on […]