John Resig writes very positively about Jaxer. It runs Javascript on the server while serving documents to the client, with seamless communication between JS on the client and JS on the server.

Jaxer provides:

  1. Full DOM on the server
  2. Shared code between client and server
  3. Database, file, and socket access from JavaScript
  4. Familiar APIs
  5. Integration with PHP, Java, Rails, etc. apps

In other news, IE8 will use the latest rendering mode by default for documents with the HTML5 doctype:

Finally, Good Math has a published a good defense of Google’s MapReduce algorithm.

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