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what is weblog or blog?

 
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Hey ranchers!
I heared it helps developrs in a better way as compared to message boards.

All I knew is that you can share your thoughts, pictures, and articles with the world. Images can be uploaded, Visitors and other Weblog users can write comments and/or rate any of your articles.

To me it does not seem to be different than a message board. Correct me.

Can you give me some example blog helping developrs?
 
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The developer is in control of the topic under discussion. And visitors leave comments. The developer can decide to delete some comments. (or all ? Monoblog) and summarise whatever they've commented in his/her own words, giving credit where it is due. Also a way of ensuring of making no new friends)

Groups of developers often visit each others blogs but the main topics will be yours. In a way it's like chairing a meeting and taking minutes of to dos. People visiting a blog often don't read comments so the onus is on the owner of the blog to keep it active and lively.
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Alfred: To me it does not seem to be different than a message board. Correct me.

Helen made a good summary. Here is my favorite article about blogs and how they different from discussion boards (with pictures!).

I've been working in similar directions as this - in an attempt to resolve the questions, "Can you have good discussion across the blogosphere?", "What is the nature of that discussion?" and "How does it differ from message-board conversation?". And I think the answer lies - yet again - in going back to the beginning and looking at the way the web in general (and weblogs in particular) operate like an academic citation network.



Maybe Helen can make a summary for us
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Be fair Map. I do provide links. But that gem up there is all my own from the heart.
It just seems a waste of time to summarise when someone's written it better.

The best blogs are the ones where the passion for a subject comes through.In Maps case it's literature, art, writing and summarising . Otherwise they tend to be used like diaries.

Perhaps some developer will drop by and post what they really get from blogging. C'mon, help Alfred out.
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Alfred, what you seem to want is not a blog but a wiki.
There all visitors can edit and enhance the documents on the site seemlessly.
 
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In a wiki a sense of self is lost quickly, the sum of all the parts being more important than the individual. A blog can enhance personal development
until ready for a wiki.
 
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I blog to express my thoughts about J2EE, Java & at the sametime it helps me go back and refer to stuff I have saved in my blog.

In a sense it helps me as a central repository of my technical initiatives and stuff i would like to refer back. So, it is kind of multi-purpose.

It may evolve into other directions(like adding some family stuff, new hobbies etc), depending on the mood.
 
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Alfred: I heared it helps developrs in a better way as compared to message boards.

I assume you mean your own blog. In my opinion, it may help you better if you are on advanced stages already -- you have something to say -- and if you are able to manage your own learning/development. Basically, in blog you develop your own ideas, and hopefully, get feedback on them (bloggers call it "thinking in public" and "thinking together").

If you are a beginner, you need to absorb others ideas first. Then it is more useful to read blogs, not to write them. You can write on discussion boards, though, as there will be more chances somebody will actually read your post and more chances to get feedback.
 
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Wonder if there will be a web equivalent of Bacon numbers and Erdos-Bacon numbers. Possibly a Gosling-Hanks number. (James Gosling - Tom Hanks)
Bill GAtes - Gwyneth Pailtrow.

A game called Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon , invented by three students at Albright College, Pennsylvania, which involves linking people to Kevin Bacon via film appearances.


Building a bridge to Bacon can be done on the web, where there are specially designed databases with half a million actors. Most actors can reach Bacon within 3 links, and are said to have a Bacon number of 3. In fact, the average Bacon number is 2.920. But many major stars have lower Bacon numbers. For example, Keith Chegwin has a Bacon number of 2, because Cheggers was in "House!" with Miriam Margolyes, who was in "Balto" with Kevin Bacon.



Paul Erdos was a prolific mathematician who wrote academic papers with a total of 502 co-authors, more than twice as many co-authors as any other mathematician. So if you wrote a paper with Erdos, then you have an Erdos number of 1, and if you wrote a paper with someone who wrote a paper with Erdos then you have an Erdos number of 2, and so on. There are 337,000 mathematicians who can be linked to Erdos in this way.

the physicist Brian Greene had a clear lead with an Erdos-Bacon score of 5. He appeared in "Frequency" with John Di Benedetto, who was in ""Sleepers" with Kevin Bacon. And he wrote a paper with Shing-Tung Yau, who wrote a paper with Ronald Graham, who wrote a paper with Erdos. This gives a combined number of 2 + 3 = 5.


There were rumours that Erdos appeared in ���, which would have given him an Erdos-Bacon number of 3, blowing away all competition. However, official sources can find no evidence for a movie credit for Erdos. Brian Greene�s only serious rival appeared this year, when Dave Bayer, mathematical consultant to "A Beautiful Mind", was given a minor role in the film and equalled the record.


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