Daily del.icio.us for November 25th through November 30th

  • BMW Using Microsoft Surface for Product Navigator – BMW has hosted a video on how they are implementing Microsoft Surface for product configuration. BMW is the first car manufacturer worldwide to use this product commercially. By interacting with this multi-touch surface that runs on special hardware and software provided by Microsoft, customers can configure their BMW and instantly see their results.
  • Ajaxian » Drawter: Visual Web based HTML tool – Drawter is a tool written in JavaScript and based on jQuery library. It provides you the possibility to literally draw your website’s code. It runs on every single web-browser which makes it really useful and helpful. Each tag is presented as a layer you have drawn.
  • Joining Google | Continuing Intermittent Incoherency – Three years after many of my friends joined Google, the appeal of getting to fix the “web as platform” problem from the inside has finally proven irresistible. There’s much to do, and the WebKit platform seems like the best shot that we have (collectively) at forging a future that’s not just open, but also markedly better
  • FDA Sets Melamine Guide for Baby Formula – Melamine in US-made baby formula found? No problem. FDA sets standard for melamine higher than level found. Problem solved.
  • Vitamin D Insufficiency Linked to Parkinson’s Disease – Now, a recent study published in the Archives of Neurology has found that low levels of vitamin D could also have a part to play in the development of Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
  • Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests – Test-Driven Development (TDD) is a deceptively simple idea: write the tests for your code before writing the code itself. We say “deceptively simple” because this reversal fundamentally changes the role that testing plays in the development process and challenges the industry's assumptions about what testing is for
  • JetBrains TeamCity Blog » Blog Archive » TeamCity 4.0 Released! – Please welcome TeamCity 4.0, a new version of our distributed build management and continuous integration server! TeamCity 4.0 comes with many scalability and performance improvements, yet bringing more productivity enhancement to every developer in a team.
  • jMock vs. Easymock – syntax comparison | Tomek’s blog – The question is which one makes your tests more readable ? For me the simplicity of test classes is a top priority. I believe that test classes should be VERY easy to understand.

    And the winner is… EasyMock ! I don't say that EasyMock is superior. I only find it's syntax easier to understand. Because both frameworks allow me to do what I want to do, I'll keep on using this library.

  • Mumbai under attack – The Big Picture – Boston.com – Late Wednesday night, Mumbai, India found itself the target of a ferocious terrorist attack, and the situation remains unresolved even now, three days later. According to reports, upwards of 60 young men entered Mumbai in small inflatable boats on Wednesday night, carrying bags filled with weapons and ammunition, and spread out to nine locations to begin their attacks.
  • ongoing · What Sun Should Do – Sun is going through a lousy spell right now. Well, so is the world’s economy in general and the IT business in particular, but this is about Sun. This is my opinion about what my employer should do about it

Tragic events in Mumbai (Bombay), India

Mumbai, the city formerly known as Bombay (India) suffered another tragic terrorist attack on November 26, 2008. Mumbai is not a stranger to terrorism but this attack on and around the Taj Mahal hotel, a 105-year-old landmark near the water’s edge, which is a national symbol and an icon, has definitely struck a nerve with anyone who’s visited the beautiful hotel. I’ve been to that hotel many times and it was always such a wonderful experience. This is a real tragedy and my thoughts and prayers got out to everyone who lost someone they loved.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out Pakistan was involved in this in some way and I hope this doesn’t turn into communal violence as this will only perpetuate the problem and allow the terrorists to achieve their goal. Let’s all hope and pray for calm, peace and justice.

Here are some pictures I took off the Taj Hotel and the Gateway of India during happier times while visiting India in 2003.

Daily del.icio.us for November 23rd through November 24th

  • YouTube – Collaborative Spreadsheet Art – people worked together simultaneously on a single Google Docs spreadsheet. Each cell in the 100 row x 186 col spreadsheet was filled using 18 different colors. The entire process was captured in time-lapse.
  • Roma Framework: The new way to conceive Web Applications – Roma allows you to develop enterprise level Java applications with low effort following a real Domain Driven Design approach. It's a new way to conceive the application: anything is a POJO, from the GUI forms to the persistent objects.
  • SpringSource Acquires G2One Inc. | SpringSource – SpringSource, the company behind Spring, the de facto standard in enterprise Java, today announced the acquisition of G2One Inc., the company behind the popular Groovy and Grails technologies. With the acquisition of G2One, SpringSource will now offer global enterprise support offerings for developers and IT operations that utilize Groovy and Grails applications.
  • Roberto Chinnici’s Blog: Ease of development in the Java EE 6 Platform – In Java EE 6, we plan to continue the drive towards a simpler, friendlier platform. This time around, much of the focus is on the web tier, but there are important new features being delivered outside it.
  • ‘The White Album’ 40 Years Later : NPR Music – When The White Album was released 40 years ago this month, fans were both baffled and awe struck by its sprawling world of sound. It was released as a double LP (almost unheard of at the time) and featured instant classics like "I Will," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and "Blackbird." But The White Album (its real name is simply The Beatles) was also filled with songs many found hard to digest, like the eight-minute, experimental sound collage "Revolution 9" or the inexplicably surreal "Honey Pie." On this edition of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with Bruce Spizer, author of The Beatles On Apple Records, about the groundbreaking White Album and how it came to be.
  • ExtPlayer – An MP3 Player developed with Adobe AIR and Ext JS – In partnership with Adobe, Ext is releasing several new enhancements to the Ext.air package today. These include improvements to existing classes responsible for Sounds, Windowing and Database as well as new classes responsible for Notification, Clipboard and File System Interaction.
  • The End of Wall Street’s Boom – National Business News – Portfolio.com – The era that defined Wall Street is finally, officially over. Michael Lewis, who chronicled its excess in Liar’s Poker, returns to his old haunt to figure out what went wrong.
  • TwitterFE – Twitter Front End – Twitter Front End is a new look at Twitter.com and the web interface powering the message service's social interactions today. This website was built by Niall Kennedy using web standards best practices and optimized code design. Twitter FE is currently a read-only clone of the Twitter.com website rewritten for external development and rapid iteration.
  • Op-Ed Columnist – We Found the W.M.D. – NYTimes.com – If I had my druthers right now we would convene a special session of Congress, amend the Constitution and move up the inauguration from Jan. 20 to Thanksgiving Day. Forget the inaugural balls; we can’t afford them. Forget the grandstands; we don’t need them. Just get me a Supreme Court justice and a Bible, and let’s swear in Barack Obama right now
  • Obama Raised Half a Billion Online | 44 | washingtonpost.com – Barack Obama raised half a billion dollars online in his 21-month campaign for the White House, dramatically ushering in a new digital era in presidential fundraising.

Daily del.icio.us for November 18th through November 22nd

  • InfoQ: Pressure and Performance – The CTO’s Dilemma – In this interview made by Deborah Hartmann during Agile 2008, Diana Larsen and Jim Shore talk about patterns observed in CTOs' activity. CTOs emerge as real people caring for other people in their organization, and are put under a lot of pressure and constraints.
  • Apple – iPhone – iPhone Your Life – Once you own an iPhone, you discover that it’s more than a phone. It’s a way of life. Take a look at some ideas to help you get the most out of your iPhone, wherever you go.
  • JavaScript Table Sorter – Web Development Blog – This JavaScript table sorting script is easy to use, fast and lightweight at only 1.7KB. It includes alternate row formatting, header class toggling, auto data type recognition and selective column sorting. It will currently sort strings, numbers and currency
  • JavaScript Table Sorter | Ajaxonomy – This JavaScript table sorting script is easy to use, fast and lightweight at only 1.7KB. It includes alternate row formatting, header class toggling, auto data type recognition and selective column sorting. It will currently sort strings, numbers and currency.
  • Tour de Flex | Flex.org – Rich Internet Application Development – Tour de Flex is a desktop application for exploring Flex capabilities and resources, including the core Flex components, Adobe AIR and data integration, as well as a variety of third-party components, effects, skins, and more
  • Explore over 200 Flex and AIR samples with the new Tour de Flex application – AIR – James Ward announced a new desktop application powered by Adobe AIR called Tour de Flex exploring Flex capabilities and resources, including core Flex components, Adobe AIR and data integration, as well as a variety of third-party components, effects, skins, and more. James has been working on this project along with fellow Adobe employees Christophe Coenraets, Greg Wilson and others.
  • LIFE photo archive hosted by Google – Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google
  • Ext JS – Ext CDN – Custom Builds, Compression, and Fast Performance – We are pleased to announce that Ext has partnered with CacheFly, a global content network, to provide free CDN hosting for the Ext JS framework. Cachefly’s globally distributed network and aggressive caching accelerate the delivery of web content like JavaScript and CSS, making for an even faster Ext experience.
  • WTFramework bookmarklet – Oskar Krawczyk – blog.olicio.us – Ever wondered which JavaScript framework was used on a specific website but was too lazy to check the source code for the answer? Fear no more WTFramework is here.
  • JCS – Java Caching System – JCS is a distributed caching system written in java. It is intended to speed up applications by providing a means to manage cached data of various dynamic natures. Like any caching system, JCS is most useful for high read, low put applications. Latency times drop sharply and bottlenecks move away from the database in an effectively cached system

The Best Albums of 2008: Vote

NPR and All Songs Considered have compiled their annual list of 100 nominees; you just have to tell them which ones you like the most. If you don’t see one of your favorite artists listed in the poll, you can write-in the album and artist here in the comments section of their blog. If you want, you can go to the poll directly by visiting http://www.npr.org/programs/asc/polls/.

Daily del.icio.us for November 14th through November 18th

  • Adobe bringing full-fledged Flash to phones | Business Tech – CNET News – Inspired by a new generation of smartphones, Adobe Systems has begun a new, higher-power effort to spread its Flash technology to mobile devices. The company has worked for years on a lightweight incarnation of its Flash technology for mobile phones, but it now is working to bring the full-fledged Flash Player 10 to higher-end smartphones
  • Expanding the Cloud: Amazon CloudFront – All Things Distributed – Today marks the launch of Amazon CloudFront, the new Amazon Web Service for content delivery. It integrates seamlessly with Amazon S3 to provide low-latency distribution of content with high data transfer speeds through a world-wide network of edge locations.
  • Enterprise JBoss JBPM: Creating A Scalable, Standards-Compliant and Cost-Effective SOA Environment – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership – This excerpt from the upcoming book, Open Source SOA, addresses the Service Component Architecture (SCA), and its sister technology, Service Data Objects (SDO), emerging standards used in service-oriented architecture for creating multi-protocol, multi-language services based on reusable components.
  • Update On Google iPhone Voice Recognition App: Look For It On Monday – Google could have launched for the Android first and pushed sales of phones on their platform. They didn’t, and Apple should have embraced them for that.
  • A List Apart: Articles: In Search of the Holy Grail – Use the grail wisely, and it can be a particularly handy (and clutter-free) addition to your bag of CSS tricks
  • Choosing the best Doctype for your website – The Web Squeeze – In 2004, after a W3C workshop, Apple, Mozilla and Opera were becoming increasingly concerned about the W3C’s direction with XHTML, lack of interest in HTML and apparent disregard for the needs of real-world authors. So, in response, these organisations set out to with a mission to address these concerns and the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group was born
  • YouTube – Google Mobile App for iPhone with Voice Search – Mike LeBeau, an engineer on the Google mobile team, gives an overview of the new Google Mobile App for iPhone, now with Voice Search and My Location. You can speak your queries to Google Mobile Ap..
  • The YouTube Presidency | 44 | washingtonpost.com – Today, President-elect Obama will record the weekly Democratic address not just on radio but also on video — a first. The address, typically four minutes long, will be turned into a YouTube video and posted on Obama's transition site, Change.gov, once the radio address is made public on Saturday morning.
  • InfoQ: OSGi in the Enterprise – With the recent announcement of GlassFish v3 “Prelude”, Sun's OSGi-based Java EE 6 server, the use of OSGi across the enterprise has grown to encompass almost all of the back-end servers. A recent press release by the OSGi alliance listed the vendors and the technology that uses OSGi:
  • InfoQ: Behind LINQ – And Beyond – In this presentation from the JVM Languages Summit 2008, Mads Torgersen discusses LINQ, declarative programming and metaprogramming in C#, examples of LINQ syntax and usage, lazy evaluation of LINQ queries, extension methods, lambda expressions, LINQ-to-SQL, LINQ expressions and metaprogramming, expression trees, how the .Net Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) works, PLINQ, and the future of the DLR
  • InfoQ: The Architecture of Multi-Enterprise Business Applications – Jack Greenfield and Wade Wegner introduced the concept of Multi-Enterprise Business Applications (MEBAs) at the PDC last week. MEBAs are business applications that leverage the Cloud to enable multiple partners to work together as part as common business processes.

Daily del.icio.us for November 9th through November 13th