Links for July 29th through August 1st

Daily del.icio.us for February 15th through February 18th

Daily del.icio.us for July 6th

  • jQuery Visualize Plugin: Accessible Charts & Graphs from Table Elements using HTML 5 Canvas | Filament Group, Inc., Boston, MA – A while back, we wrote an article describing a technique we came up with to use JavaScript to scrape data from an HTML table and generate charts using the HTML 5 Canvas element. The technique is particularly useful because the data for the visualization already exists in the page in structured tabular format, making it accessible to people who browse the web with a screen reader or other assistive technology.
  • InfoQ: Merapi Project Utilizes Java to Expand the Desktop Capabilities of Adobe Air – Merapi is a technology that can be used as a messaging bridge between applications that run in the Adobe Flash player or Adobe AIR and applications written in Java
  • InfoQ: Introduction to Data Services – Data services are software services that encapsulate operations on key data entities of relevance to the enterprise
  • InfoQ: Born To Cycle – Agile development is not about doing a set of practices, it's about a way of "being," it's about learning. How is this learning accomplished? By taking brief pauses after small experiments, even large problems can be solved. In a recent Harvard Business Review interview of Toyota's president, he observed, "…when 70 years of very small improvements accumulate, they become a revolution."
  • InfoQ: Measuring Agility, Craftsmanship, and Success – David Starr has looked at how and why an organization might want to measure things like: agility, craftsmanship, and organizational success. He found craftsmanship relatively easy to measure, while agility was the most difficult to measure in a useful way.
  • InfoQ: Introduction to Virtual Service Oriented Grids – Virtual service-oriented grids have the capacity to fundamentally change the way business is conducted in much the same way that the Internet did by reinserting a middleman in the form of software, rather than human. The key to this paradigm shift lies in services, the abstraction of interoperability and reuse.
  • SOA and TOGAF: A Good Fit? – Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a style of architecture and The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is an architecture framework. The combination sounds promising, but do they play well together
  • Cay Horstmann’s Blog: Upgrading to Eclipse Galileo – I just installed Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo)—it seemed a more attractive thing to do than actually getting my work done. Fortunately, I only need three Eclipse plugins right now. Here is how they fared with Galileo
  • Clojure: Challenge your Java assumptions – JavaWorld – Clojure is a dynamic functional language for the JVM, recently released in version 1.0. Clojure offers a new set of programming techniques for robust code and rapid development. In particular, it has new solutions for multicore computing. Whether you make the shift to Clojure or stick to Java, learning about this new language will challenge your assumptions about the best way to design software.
  • Why Microsoft is Losing Browser Share | Zoho Blogs – Why is Microsoft losing share? I would submit that it ultimately had to do with their fateful decision to tightly weld together the browser and the operating system. That must be the most bone-headed business decision in Microsoft's history

Daily del.icio.us for March 29th through April 3rd

  • Switched – Google Chrome from IE8 – JavaScript is 56 times faster on Chrome The genius behind Google’s web browser (re-tweeted by Douglas Purdy from John Lam), V8 JavaScript Engine.
  • Good-bye Solaris? The fate of Sun’s top 5 technologies – Computerworld Blogs – By this time next week, IBM will have bought Sun at a cut-rate price. I'd long thought Sun was going to down for the count, so the news that IBM was moving in didn't surprise me. What happens next though? Specifically, what's going to happen to Sun's product lines? As a long-time watcher of both Sun and IBM, here are my best guesses.
  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce – Amazon Elastic MapReduce is a web service that enables businesses, researchers, data analysts, and developers to easily and cost-effectively process vast amounts of data. It utilizes a hosted Hadoop framework running on the web-scale infrastructure of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).
  • Google uncloaks once-secret server | Business Tech – CNET News – Google is tight-lipped about its computing operations, but the company for the first time on Wednesday revealed the hardware at the core of its Internet might at a conference here about the increasingly prominent issue of data center efficiency.
  • Building Rich Enterprise Applications with Adobe AIR – Adobe AIR Team Blog – Adobe evangelist Christophe Coenraets recorded a very impressive demonstration (see below) of a sample application he built using Adobe AIR and Flex. The sample application, called Salesbuilder, demonstrates many powerful features including
  • Lean Software Is Agile, Fit-To-Purpose, And Efficient by John R. Rymer, Dave West, Mike Gilpin – Forrester Research – Lean software is emerging as the antidote to bloatware, enabling architects and developers to rapidly assemble business solutions that deliver "just in time" the software capabilities the business requires both today and tomorrow. The trend toward lean software has been building for years, but the worldwide recession is accelerating it. All application development professionals should know why and how to incorporate lean software into their software strategies for the future.
  • SpringSource Team Blog » Job Trends: Tomcat, Spring, Weblogic, JBoss, EJB – Forrester recently described a trend that they refer to as "lean software" in their paper entitled Lean Software Is Agile, Fit-To-Purpose, And Efficient. They state that "lean software is emerging as the antidote to bloatware" and that "the trend toward lean software has been building for years, but the worldwide recession is accelerating it".
  • Spring Finance > Part 3: DDD, JPA & Transaction Support | StSMedia – Before we start digging into DDD, JPA and transaction management – the main topics of this article, I should note that I am planning to release a new version of the Spring Finance Manager sample application with each article. However, this article is the exception to the rule :-). The code for this article was already realeased with the previous article on the Google code project website. This was needed to get get the sample application running to show the new Spring 3 REST features.
  • InfoQ: Interview and Book Excerpt: Jaroslav Tulach’s Practical API Design – Jaroslav Tulach's latest book Practical API Design covers the topic of API design of software projects. Jaroslav discusses the importance of API design in the modern software applications, what are the different factors that make a good API, and how to go about implementing API frameworks
  • Attack From the Left: Paul Krugman’s Poison Pen | Newsweek Business | Newsweek.com – Paul Krugman has emerged as Obama's toughest liberal critic. He's deeply skeptical of the bank bailout and pessimistic about the economy. Why the establishment worries he may be right.

Daily del.icio.us for February 23rd through February 25th

  • The Rise and Fall of Dynamic Languages | Ruby Zone – In this interview, Ruby programmer and consultant Rick DeNatale provides his perspective on the fall and rise of dynamic languages, including Smalltalk and Ruby. Rick#039;s work through the years has given him a unique and low-level perspective of what works and why.
  • DRY CRUD DAOs with iBatis – Gregg Bolinger – I blogged before about writing DRY CRUD DAOs using JPA. I was able to improve on that thanks to many comments from other users. So thanks for the tips. On a recent project we decided to go with iBatis and I wanted to see if it was possible to use the same methods that I use for JPA based DAOs.
  • 12 CSS Tools and Tutorials for Beautiful Web Typography | Web Design Ledger – Achieving beautiful typography with CSS on the web is no easy feat, and there are many limitations to what can done with type on the web. However, there are generous people out there that have taken the time to build tools and write tutorials to help you overcome these limitations and create websites with beautiful typography.
  • Strategies – The Index Funds Win Again – NYTimes.com – THERE’S yet more evidence that it makes sense to invest in simple, plain-vanilla index funds, whose low fees often lead to better net returns than hedge funds and actively managed mutual funds with more impressive performance numbers.
  • Red Hat debuts virtualization software – Red Hat Inc. today introduced an entire line of virtualization software aimed at disrupting current market leader VMware Inc.#039;s position by giving customers an open-source option for virtualizing their data centers.
  • State of the Art – Amazon.com’s Kindle Goes From Good to Better – NYTimes.com – With those caveats, the new Kindle edges even closer to the ideal of an e-book reader. The reading experience is immersive, natural and pleasant; the book catalog, while not yet complete, is growing and delivered instantaneously; and apart from the clicky keyboard (an unnecessary appendage 99.9 percent of the time), the design feels right.
  • Citrix to offer free XenServer; Takes shot at VMware | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com – Citrix on Feb. 23 will detail plans to offer free licenses to its XenServer virtualization application and team with Microsoft to swap support. Citrix and Microsoft will also extend their 20-year partnership into the virtualization market.

    In a nutshell, Citrix will work with Microsoft to provide system management, Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V. Microsoft’s System Center will support XenServer.

  • It’s official: Citrix aims to blow up enterprise virtualization pricing | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com – Citrix officially launched a free version of its XenServer and Essentials virtualization software in a move that is designed to take aim at VMware. Separately, Citrix extended its long-running partnership with Microsoft to cover virtualization.
  • 9 Must-Try Adobe AIR Apps for Better Productivity – With this new age of “application neutrality,” I wanted to take a brief look into some Adobe AIR apps you have to at least try. Each one is focused on increasing an area of productivity.
  • Application Development Trends – Sun Expands GlassFish into Web Platform – Sun Microsystems last week announced a new bundle of open source projects assembled around the GlassFish application server to create a quot;high-performance Web platform.quot;
  • Wikis and Wall Street: A Perfect Match? – By focusing on improving productivity and supporting mission-critical apps (but not touching customer and transaction data), wikis can be used to deliver major ROI without requiring integration with legacy systems or storing customer data outside the firewall.

Daily del.icio.us for January 20th through January 21st

Daily del.icio.us for December 11th through December 16th