Friday, December 28, 2007

Erlang on Javascript

While I am working on a Javascript to Erlang compiler for running Javascript code on the Erlang virtual machine, others do the opposite: Alex Graveley has written Er.js, a Javascript library for using Erlang-style concurrency with JavaScript, even with an Erlang like syntax !

Javascript does not support natively any kind of threads, therefore a lot of tricks (like using the asynchronous timer callback) went into this and other narrative Javascript based threading libraries to make it look and feel like real multithreading.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Gmail insecurity - check your filters - you may have been hacked

David Dairey's .com domain name got stolen by an online criminal, exploiting a gmail security vulnerability (now fixed). The scary thing about this is that the exploit added a filter to gmail, so even after Google fixed the security whole, any malicious inserted filter continues to do its evil actions. Read the entire story and check your filters !