Dion Almaer gets (J)Ruby running as an applet

Here’s a [nice example](http://www.almaer.com/blog/archives/001455.html) of what can be done with Java applets! After downloading the (full!) JRuby implementation as an applet Dion shows that a little JavaScript can make it possible to execute a Ruby program in the browser. In the example, JRuby scripts are evaluated “onclick” and from a text input window.

I wonder if anyone has done this with Groovy too?

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Connexions: video introduction

I’ve just been watching a (http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=6852287090518403675&q=engEDU+connexions), presented by Richard G. Baraniuk of Rice University, (part of the Google TechTalks series) on [Connexions ](http://cnx.otg) a non-profit start-up launched at Rice University in 1999 that aims to reinvent how we write, edit, publish, and use textbooks. Very inspirational and certainly worth a deeper look.

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Educational videos from Google

Google runs a regular programme of educational presentations by eminent software developers about interesting web and code development technologies, tools and techniques. The great thing is that the presentations are videoed and put on-line on Google video. It also seems to go out and about in recording events at local user groups and records those as well. I discovered this great resource a couple of days ago and have been taking advantage of the Easter break to soak some of this good stuff during the Easter break. Probably the best way to find something of interest is to go to [Google video](http://video.google.co.uk) and search for tag *engEDU*. Google video provides an facility to generate RSS from tags, so the easy way to keep up to date is to subscribe to the feed: http://video.google.co.uk/videofeed?type=search&q=engEDU&output=rss. If you do this in Google reader, the video is embedded right there in your RSS reader.

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Signed up with Twitter

Under the heading of *it might be useful* I [signed up](http://twitter.com/cpjobling) with Twitter. There don’t seem to be any tools (extensions, google gadgets, etc) that make it easy to use from Firefox as it seems that SMS and Instant Messaging would seem to be the preferred interface. And I guess for the purpose (quick notes to say what you’re doing) that makes sense. I’ll have to install an AIM client now though!

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