Links for May 21st through May 26th

Links for August 5th through August 9th

  • U.S. Should Adopt Higher Standards for Science Education: Scientific American – Teachers, scientists and policymakers have drafted ambitious new education standards. All 50 states should adopt them
  • Testing SQL Server Code with TST – Enter TST. TST is an Open source Unit Testing framework specifically meant for testing SQL Server Database Code.
  • Fr. Naus retires after 50 years at Marquette – Rev. John Naus, S.J., has retired after serving Marquette for nearly five decades. From his days as Tumbleweed the Clown, his famous Christmas cards and long tradition of celebrating 10 p.m. Mass at St. Joan of Arc Chapel, he has touched many lives.
  • Watch High-Speed Trading Bots Go Berserk – Technology Review – The stock market today is a war zone, where algobots fight each other over pennies, millions of times a second. Sometimes, the casualties are merely companies like Knight, and few people have much sympathy for them. But inevitably, at some point in the future, significant losses will end up being borne by investors with no direct connection to the HFT [high-frequency trading] world, which is so complex that its potential systemic repercussions are literally unknowable.
  • Long live SOA in the cloud era – SOA’s dictum that ‘everything is a service’ is more relevant than ever – A few years back, SOA (service-oriented architecture) was all the rage. Vendors rushed to remarket everything as SOA, and SOA-washing was the new greenwashing. But in today'srush to the cloud, have we abandoned SOA? If so, we're in trouble.
  • A Brave New World of Testing? An Interview with Google’s James Whittaker – To get an answer, I turned to James Whittaker, an engineering director at Google, which has been at the forefront of leveraging the cloud. James is a noted expert and author on software testing, whose team has been managing Google’s cloud computing testing.
  • MongoMapper – A Mongo ORM for Ruby – Built from the ground up to be simple and extendable, MongoMapper is a lovely way to model your applications and persist your data in MongoDB. It has all the bells and whistles you need to get the job done and have fun along the way.
  • Apache Kafka is a distributed publish-subscribe messaging system – Kafka provides a publish-subscribe solution that can handle all activity stream data and processing on a consumer-scale web site. This kind of activity (page views, searches, and other user actions) are a key ingredient in many of the social feature on the modern web
  • Brian ONeill’s Blog: A Big Data Trifecta: Storm, Kafka and Cassandra – We're big fans of Cassandra. We also use Storm as our distributed processing engine. We've had a lot of success using our Cassandra Bolt to create a successful marriage between the two. To date, we've been using Storm to integrate with our legacy technologies via our JMS Spout. Now we're looking to expand its role beyond legacy system integration.
  • 9 Reasons Why Your Company Needs A Mobile Strategist – Forbes – As their name implies, these mobile strategists play a critical role in gathering business requirements, building a ‘mobile center of excellence,’ creating a mobile strategy that aligns to the key business drivers, and selecting the right technology and platform to support both short- and long-term needs. At this point, a business without a mobile strategy is a business without a strategy at all.
  • Principles of User Interface Design – Principles of User Interface Design

Links for August 9th through August 12th

  • YaHP Converter – Yet another Html to Pdf converter for Java – YaHP is a java library which permits to convert an html document into a pdf document.
  • Java JSON library tour – In this series of Java JSON tutorials, we focus on three popular third party Java libraries to process JSON data, which are Jackson, Google Gson and JSON.simple
  • InfoQ: Why I Chose MongoDB for guardian.co.uk – Mat Wall makes a journey through Guardian’s online history, outlining technologies used – Perl/CGI, CMS, J2EE, Oracle-, and explaining why they chose a NoSQL solution – MongoDB – and its advantages.
  • InfoQ: Is REST the future for SOA? – REST can be used as both system design approach leveraging ROA (true REST approach) and SOA design implementation leveraging REST technologies (REST Web Services). Although both approaches have their merits, they do not change the hardest part– defining business services/resources aligned with the enterprise business model.
  • disruptor – Concurrent Programming Framework – Concurrent Programming Framework that provides high performance alternative to bounded queues for exchanging data between concurrent threads
  • There’s no such thing as big data – O’Reilly Radar – perspective. They’re fearless, because they have less to lose. But big, entrenched incumbents should still be able to compete, because they have massive amounts of data about their customers, their products, their employees, and their competitors. They fail because often they just don’t know how to ask the right questions.
  • Video: Getting Started with Spring Data Redis | SpringSource.org – In this video, Redis founder, Salvatore Sanfilippo, introduces the technology, its data structures and the fundamental concepts behind it. Then SpringSource engineer, Costin Leau, discusses the Redis support in Spring Data, and will showcase how easy it is to get started and scale out into a cloud environment such as Cloud Foundry.
  • NoSQL – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like SQL – tecosystems – What is apparent is the demand for query languages within the NoSQL world. The category might self-identify with its explicit rejection of the industry’s original query language, but the next step in NoSQL’s evolution will be driven in part by furious implementations of SQL’s children.
  • Try the unconventional alternative – Business of Software Blog – The next time you are faced with a decision that looks like a choice between A, B, or C…. pause for a moment and let your imagination wonder. Is there an option D, E, or F?
  • Why GNU grep is fast – The key to making programs fast is to make them do practically nothing. 😉

Daily del.icio.us for September 20th through September 28th

Daily del.icio.us for April 7th through April 12th

  • How Google Stole Control Over Content Distribution By Stealing Links – Publishing 2.0 – There is so much misunderstanding flying around about the economics of content on the web and the role of Google in the web’s content economy that it’s making my head hurt. So let’s see if we can straighten things out.
  • Performance Anti-Patterns | Haytham El-Fadeel – Remember, the performance work done at the beginning of the project in terms of benchmark, algorithm, and data-structure selection will pay tremendous dividends later on—enough, perhaps, to allow you to avoid that traditional performance fire drill at the end.
  • The Atlassian Blog – Wiki Theater – Five Killer Use Cases for Wikis – Since the conference theme was Doing More with Less, attendees were rather receptive to the idea of getting more out of their wiki. Below is one of the presentations we delivered called Five Killer Use Cases for Wikis. We hope it gives you some ideas on how to get more out of your Confluence wiki.
  • YouTube – Google App Engine – Early Look at Java Language Support – This video introduces the latest features of App Engine, including an early look at Java language support. Andrew Bowers will walk through the development of a sample Java application, from creation to deployment.
  • Google AppEngine uses Jetty! : gregw – Hot on the heels of Google Widget Toolkit(GWT) switching to Jetty, the little server that can has received some more Google luv'n! Google's new App Engine Java service is powered by Jetty! With App Engine, you can build web applications using standard Java technologies and run them on Google's scalable infrastructure.
  • Sorting Algorithm Animations – These pages show 8 different sorting algorithms on 4 different initial conditions. These visualizations are intended to show how each algorithm operates, Show that there is no best sorting algorithm, Show the advantages and disadvantages of each algorithm.
  • App Engine Java Overview – Google App Engine – Google Code – Welcome to Google App Engine for Java! With App Engine, you can build web applications using standard Java technologies and run them on Google's scalable infrastructure. The Java environment provides a Java 6 JVM, a Java Servlets interface, and support for standard interfaces to the App Engine scalable datastore and services, such as JDO, JPA, JavaMail, and JCache
  • New BlazeDS Support Demo | JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Blog – We’ve created a new IntelliJ IDEA demo: BlazeDS Support. It shows you how to create, run and debug BlazeDS applications with IntelliJ IDEA, and covers a wide variety of features — project configuration, run and deployment configurations, debugger and the others.
  • Google improves Gmail for iPhone, Android | iPhone Atlas – CNET Reviews – Google has released a new Web-based version of Gmail that gives iPhone and Android phone users a more sophisticated version of the online e-mail service, including access to messages that's faster and that works even when offline.
  • Fly the friendly skies in Flight Control (review) | iPhone Atlas – CNET Reviews – At first blush, an air-traffic control simulator sounds about as much as fun as a podiatry theme park. But Flight Control is an absolute gem of a game, a perfect five-minute diversion that's perfectly priced at 99 cents

Daily del.icio.us for March 7th through March 11th

  • Coding Horror: Why Can’t Error Messages Be Fun? – Chrome is a joy to use, and in my opinion at least, it's the first true advance in web browser technology since the heady days of Internet Explorer 4.0. Chrome is filled with so many thoughtful details, so many reimaginings of web browser functionality as a true application platform, it's hard to even list them all.
  • Write your own Twitter application – JavaWorld – In this article you'll learn how to build your own Twitter service: an application that accesses tweets via the Twitter API and archives them in the form of a PDF file
  • Ooma rebounds after cutting price for service – After it stumbled out of the gate in July 2007, it's hard to imagine that Palo Alto's Ooma would look forward to an economic downturn. But the startup, which offers free home phone service with the purchase of an Ooma box, has found a new lease on life after cutting its price and expanding its distribution
  • JumpBox | Instant Infrastructure | JumpBox Inc. – We simplify server software deployment with pre-built, pre-configured software applications packaged for deployment on virtual computing platforms.
  • Top 50 New Software Development Books | Agile Zone – In this post I proudly present the Top 50 New Software Development Books, where new means "less than two years old". This list was created using a weighed mix of the following criteria:
  • X2O Blog // We Are Mammoth, Inc. – X2O is a web-based data modeling platform for Adobe® Flex® and Flash® apps.
  • MIT’s Introduction to Algorithms, Lectures 20 and 21: Parallel Algorithms – good coders code, great reuse – This is the thirteenth post in an article series about MIT’s lecture course “Introduction to Algorithms.” In this post I will review lectures twenty and twenty-one on parallel algorithms. These lectures cover the basics of multithreaded programming and multithreaded algorithms.
  • Why HTML – The short and sweet reason is simply this: XHTML offers no compelling advantage — to me — over HTML, but even if it did it would also offer increased complexity and uncertainty that make it unappealing to me.
  • Rough Type: Nicholas Carr’s Blog: The coming of the megacomputer – In a talk yesterday, reports the Financial Times' Richard Waters, the head of Microsoft Research, Rick Rashid, said that about 20 percent of all the server computers being sold in the world "are now being bought by a small handful of internet companies," including Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Amazon
  • Coding Horror: HTML Validation: Does It Matter? – That said, validation does have its charms. There were a few things that the validation process exposed in our HTML markup that were clearly wrong — an orphaned tag here, and a few inconsistencies in the way we applied tags there. Mark Pilgrim makes the case for validation:

Daily del.icio.us for April 26th through April 27th

Daily del.icio.us for Nov 25, 2007 through Nov 26, 2007

  • The Ultimate Web UI Framework – I was searching for a framework that would allow me to create rich user interfaces that are very interactive and responsive and don’t load the server too much. After examining some favourite frameworks I’ve decided for a few that I’d like to try.
  • Giles Bowkett: Why I Program In Ruby (And Maybe Why You Shouldn’t) – Ruby was designed to make you feel good. Even Rubyists who want to explain why Ruby makes them feel good often fail to mention that it was expressly designed for that exact purpose. Neal does this in his podcast.
  • Why Ruby on Rails Has Become a Popular “Next Platform” – This article is offered as an introduction to Ruby on Rails for Java developers, offering some basic insight into the evolution of Ruby and Rails and its expanding role in enterprise application development
  • Java tips: Ten Common Misconceptions about Grails – s is usually the case with anything “new” there?s a lot of FUD and confusion out there with people who have not used Grails yet, that may be stopping them using it
  • Comparing Java Web Frameworks – a Belgian Java User Group initiative – Matt Raible presents at the Belgian Java Users Group and compares the current state of affair in the world of Java Web frameworks
  • Granite Data Services – Granite Data Services (GDS) is a free, open source (LGPL’d), alternative to Adobe LiveCycle(Flex 2) Data Services for J2EE application servers
  • Color Wizard – Color Scheme Generator – Color Theory for web designers – The color wizard lets you submit your own base color, and it automatically returns matching colors for the one you selected. It returns a set of hue, saturation and tint/shade variations of your color, as well as suggests color schemets to you
  • UI-patterns.com – User Interface Design Patterns – The purpose of this site is over time to fill some of the gaps – especially by providing code examples as to how how the different patterns can be implemented: to join theory with practice.
  • Statistical Data Mining Tutorials – The following links point to a set of tutorials on many aspects of statistical data mining, including the foundations of probability, the foundations of statistical data analysis, and most of the classic machine learning and data mining algorithms.
  • Color Wizard – Color Scheme Generator – Color Theory for web designers – The color wizard lets you submit your own base color, and it automatically returns matching colors for the one you selected. It returns a set of hue, saturation and tint/shade variations of your color, as well as suggests color schemets to you
  • UI-patterns.com – User Interface Design Patterns – The purpose of this site is over time to fill some of the gaps – especially by providing code examples as to how how the different patterns can be implemented: to join theory with practice.
  • Statistical Data Mining Tutorials – The following links point to a set of tutorials on many aspects of statistical data mining, including the foundations of probability, the foundations of statistical data analysis, and most of the classic machine learning and data mining algorithms.

Daily del.icio.us for Nov 16, 2006