Leveraging PhoneGap within Sencha Touch – With the release of Sencha Touch 2.3 and Sencha Cmd 4, creating your cross platform hybrid applications has never been easier. PhoneGap is now a key feature in the Sencha Touch mobile workflow integrating seamlessly into the newly released, NodeJS based, P
Mobile dev chops? Cloud infrastructure skills? You’re hired! – Hiring more contractors than full-time staff, placing data center and cloud expertise over more conventional IT skills, emphasizing mobile rather than desktop development, and more fine-grained ways to find the right people for the right jobs — these are
Announcing Suro: Backbone of Netflix’s Data Pipeline – Suro, which we are proud to announce as our latest offering as part of the NetflixOSS family, serves as the backbone of our data pipeline. It consists of a producer client, a collector server, and plugin framework that allows events to be dynamically filte
Java 8 first steps with Lambdas and Streams – Java 8 will bring the largest changes on the platform since the introduction of Generics in version 1.5. It’s on the time to look at some of the most important innovations.
Banks need to take on Amazon and Google or die – FT.com – Technology has already transformed many industries. Next in line is banking. In two or three years, only 5 per cent of consumer interaction will be through branches. The rules have changed and a new league of competitors is emerging.
Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPhone and iPad – Updated for iOS 7. Tools and APIs required to build applications for the iPhone and iPad platform using the iOS SDK. User interface designs for mobile devices and unique user interactions using multi-touch technologies. Object-oriented design using model-v
Android vs. iOS Development: Fight! | TechCrunch – The eternal startup question "Android or iOS first?" grows ever thornier, with news that Android’s market share exceeds 80%. But never mind the managers and non-technical founders: what do developers! developers! think of that divide? Whoever makes life easier for them gains a sizable edge.
Java EE 6 vs. Spring Framework: A technology decision making process – Pure Java EE 6 Stack vs. Spring with Java EE – The following blog article summarizes key issues I found interesting when you consider one of those technology stack options. I will not try to convince somebody to choose either of the two. It’s the decision making process and the key arguments that are important to me and that I want to share.
An Introduction to Nitra | JetBrains Company Blog – Nitra is not only about creating and extending existing languages, but it also about tooling. Defining a syntax module will also provide features such as syntax highlighting, code folding, static analysis, refactoring, navigation and symbol lookup, effectively all the features that we provide in our existing tools and IDE’s.
dataset: databases for lazy people – The answer is that programmers are lazy, and thus they tend to prefer the easiest solution they find. And in Python, a database isn’t the simplest solution for storing a bunch of structured data. This is what dataset is going to change!
Slides: Mobile is eating the world – Quartz – This is a high-level view of mobile devices and usage worldwide, and the dynamics that shape them. Click to skip ahead to each section: mobile scale, tablets, ecosystem, mobile social & discovery.
Why You Should Never Use MongoDB – When you’re picking a data store, the most important thing to understand is where in your data — and where in its connections — the business value lies. If you don’t know yet, which is perfectly reasonable, then choose something that won’t paint you into a
Research Publications at Facebook – Giving people the power to share and connect requires constant innovation. At Facebook, we solve technical problems no one else has seen because no one else has built a social network of this size.
Working at the intersection of research and engineering to make the world more open and connected is one of the best things about being at Facebook right now.
Sample Mobile Application with AngularJS – In recent months, I have been sharing different versions of the Employee Directory sample application built with different technology stacks, different frameworks, and different back-end (REST services) implementations. A number of you have asked for a version of the application built with AngularJS. So here it is
Improved Java Tooling for Cloud Foundry – Pivotal has released several new components that enable developers using Java, Groovy, and other JVM languages to deploy applications to Cloud Foundry quickly and easily. This blog post will show the options available to JVM developers with this new toolin
8 Reasons Why Even Microsoft Agrees the Windows Desktop is a Nightmare – The Windows desktop is a mess. Sure, it’s extremely powerful and has a huge software library, but it’s not a good experience for average people. It’s not even a good experience for geeks, although we tolerate it. Even Microsoft agrees about this. Microsoft’s Surface tablets with Windows RT don’t support any third-party desktop apps
The many reasons why Chrome OS is appealing – If the Chrome OS is “just a browser”, how can it be more appealing to some people given that other devices all have a browser and more? There are a number of reasons and an article we highlight explains them quite well.
Java EE 7 and IntelliJ IDEA 13. RESTful Web Services Made Easy – One of the notable changes coming in IntelliJ IDEA 13 is the developer tool set for Java EE 7, the cutting-edge version of Oracle’s enterprise Java platform. IntelliJ IDEA will offer support and productivity-boosting features for all Java EE specifications
HealthCare.gov failed despite agile practices – In relation to HealthCare.gov, an agile process was implemented and the software was a national failure. This does not mean agile was the primary cause of that failure but it is not unreasonable to assume it played a part. My hope is that we can learn from
16 Traits of Great IT Leaders – CIO.com – If you want to succeed as an IT leader you have to develop a set of traits that will serve you and those around you. Industry leaders and career experts share their thoughts on what behaviors make an IT leader great.
Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design – As good design cannot be measured in a finite way he set about expressing the ten most important principles for what he considered was good design. (Sometimes they are referred as the ‘Ten commandments’.)
Hypercritical: Code Hard or Go Home – Given these graphs, and knowing the history between Apple and Google over the past decade, one of two things seemed inevitable: either Google was going to become the new de facto “owner” of WebKit development, or it was going to create its own fork of WebK
Software Leadership #4: Slow Down to Speed Up – Building a quality-focused team isn't easy. But creating a culture that slows down to do the right thing, while simultaneously moving fast, provides an enormous competetive advantage. It's not as common as you might think.
Groovy & Grails for Java Developers – Peter Ledbrook shows how Groovy can be useful for writing scripts, unit tests or builds for Spring projects and how Grails simplifies web application development.
15 Programming Skills Most Coveted By Employers – ReadWrite – So what skills are the most sought after? That's an ever-fluctuating, somewhat difficult thing to track. Normally, we'd avoid turning to a single source for such data, but its very nature makes Indeed.com an ideal place to look. The job search site aggregates more than 16 million listings from a wide range of sources, so it's fairly comprehensive.
Appcache Facts – The application cache is a poorly understood part of the HTML5 specification with a lot of potential. Let's get rid of some of the confusion and make the web a faster place.
Introducing the OpenStack Activity Board » The OpenStack Blog – I am pleased to announce that a beta release of the OpenStack Activity Board (beta) is now live. The development Activity Board announced few months ago provides a visual overview of all the OpenStack public activity of community members across multiple dimensions: contributors and organizations, projects and tools
We need a data democracy, not a data dictatorship – There are few companies that helped spur the democratization of data over the past few years more than Tableau. It has become the face of the next-generation business intelligence software thanks to its ease of use and focus on appealing visualization, and its free public software has found avid users even among relative data novices like myself.
The Play Framework at LinkedIn | LinkedIn Engineering – We’ve been running Play 2.0 in production for several months and are now gradually rolling it out to more teams at LinkedIn. In this blog post, I'll talk about the benefits we've seen from Play, show a brief walk-through of the developer experience, and ta
Smart Path Variables for Spring MVC in IntelliJ IDEA 12 – The latest release of IntelliJ IDEA brings many exciting features for Spring MVC support. In this post we would like to highlight some of them, which add even more intelligence for @RequestMapping and @PathVariable usages in your project.
Properly testing Spring MVC controllers – Spring Test MVC is indispensable if you want to test your Spring MVC controllers. Simply testing the controller methods without including the Spring MVC framework itself, is useless. Spring Test MVC will be included in the Spring 3.2 release (so I'm told) but for now it can be found on Github:
Manage Your Database Schema in IntelliJ IDEA 12 – A while ago we shared this video with a quick overview of how to set up a connection to a database, use smart completion (even for SQL queries within Java), on-the-fly code analysis, navigation (between queries and database), search (for tables and fields), and more cool features.
Now, please enjoy a new video with even more exciting features available in IntelliJ IDEA 12 for working with databases:
Sublime Text 2 screencast that explores the basics and expanded features of ST2 – Sublime Text is taking the programming community by storm, and rapidly unseating incumbents like TextMate and Vim for many programmers. This screencast series teaches you Sublime Text’s layout, navigation, and flow. You will also learn how to use more advanced features, such as tweaking the program’s interface or installing custom plugins. You’ll even incorporate the vast library of TextMate themes and plugins into the Sublime Text environment. This screencast teaches both the basics and expanded features of ST2, and accelerates you along the learning curve needed to become rapidly productive with this powerful editor.
JUnit Strikes Back | Tomek’s blog – There are also some new project emerging around JUnit, like the new initiative of providing Data Driven Testing to JUnit ( see EasyTest) or another attempt at parameterized tests (see Zohhak).
Spring Framework 3.2 goes GA – Exactly one year after the Spring Framework 3.1 release, SpringSource is pleased to announce that Spring Framework 3.2 is generally available now!
Rod Johnson Talks Scala in TechCast #75 – The Typesafe Blog – Typesafe is very proud to have Rod Johnson on our board of directors but what really gets us excited is when he talks about his use of Scala. In this podcast he talks about why he likes Scala and when Java developers should consider using Scala.
The Making of Fastbook: An HTML5 Love Story | Blog | Sencha – When a team has problems with HTML5, it usually stems from the fact that they take a “website” development approach to building an app, and often don't use the right tools and architectures for application development. This is what we suspected about the Facebook HTML5 app. The way that app performed — slow loading, choppy user experience in the News Feed, low framerate — exhibited the usual symptoms.
Forecast 2013: The Appification Of Everything Will Turn The Web Into An App-o-verse – Forbes – hat we are seeing are the early stages of what I call, “The Appification of Everything.” This is not about adding more icons to your home screen, though, but about a fundamental shift in how we metabolize information and entertainment. The web as the universal storage medium is being superseded by the internet as universal flow medium. Instead of thinking about the web as a hierarchical tree of documents—a Wikipedia of Wikipedias—we need to start thinking about all of that content as an underlying service layer for application-based interfaces.
Does it pay to know your type? – The Washington Post – In the graphic below, we walk through the 16 types to give a sense of how these bigger-than-life personalities fit in the Myers-Briggs philosophy. The official test is based on Carl Jung’s work in psychological typology. Ryan Smith and Eva Gregersen, creators of celebritytypes.com, helped us take the extra step of historical-figure associations.
Mountain Lion Server tutorials – When setting up a server, getting it right early can save a lot of headache later. We've put together these tutorials to get you started in setting up a server.
Obama Wins: How Chicago’s Data-Driven Campaign Triumphed | TIME.com – That data-driven decisionmaking played a huge role in creating a second term for the 44th President and will be one of the more closely studied elements of the 2012 cycle. It’s another sign that the role of the campaign pros in Washington who make decisions on hunches and experience is rapidly dwindling, being replaced by the work of quants and computer coders who can crack massive data sets for insight. As one official put it, the time of “guys sitting in a back room smoking cigars, saying ‘We always buy 60 Minutes’” is over. In politics, the era of big data has arrived.
MongoDB Gotchas & How To Avoid Them – Everyone should be able to benefit from MongoDB’s power and simplicity, and so as a follow up to David’s article I have outlined some common and not-so-common things that hackers should know about MongoDB.
Speed and Innovation through Architecture – Jan Bosch discusses the importance of speed and innovation in software development, covering Innovation Experiment Systems, a 3 layer product model, and the role of architecture and scalability.
Why I love everything you hate about Java « Magic Scaling Sprinkles – If you’re one of those hipster programmers who loves Clojure, Ruby, Scala, Erlang, or whatever, you probably deeply loathe Java and all of its giant configuration files and bloated APIs of AbstractFactoryFactoryInterfaces. I used to hate all that stuff too. But you know what? After working for all these months on these huge pieces of Twitter infrastructure I’ve started to love the AbstractFactoryFactories.
A Long Look at JVM Languages – The following section takes a quick look at the popular dynamic JVM languages, and the languages’ implementation details.
Top 20 Refactoring Features in IntelliJ IDEA – I hope this article helps you to discover the powerful refactoring functionality hidden in IntelliJ IDEA. The more you know about your IDE, the more time it can save you every day, and the more productive you become. Go ahead and get the most out of your IntelliJ IDEA!
Apache Crunch – Simple and Efficient MapReduce Pipelines – Apache Crunch (incubating) is a Java library for writing, testing, and running MapReduce pipelines, based on Google's FlumeJava. Its goal is to make pipelines that are composed of many user-defined functions simple to write, easy to test, and efficient to run.
Git and GitHub Secrets – Zach Holman – This talk covers both Git and GitHub: different tricks I've picked up after two years at GitHub, helpful advice on common gripes I've seen in support tickets and tweets, and just general nifty things that make you a faster, more capable technologist.
Citus DB: The Scalable Analytics Database – CitusDB is a distributed database that lets you run SQL queries over very large data sets. Designed for analytical queries, CitusDB enables real-time responsiveness.
An alternate universe – Microsoft Surface – People who dislike Apple’s approach or whose requirements are incompatible with it will always exist in great numbers, and the Surface is for them. It’ll probably sell well, especially if Microsoft can expand their retail presence quickly.
Google Web Toolkit Blog: GWT 2.5 Final is here! – Thanks to all developers who helped us test GWT 2.5 release candidates and reported issues to us. We have fixed several of these and are happy to announce availability of GWT 2.5 Final.
WebDB / WebSQL Databases | twoHard – Hopefully this simple example is helpful. My goal was that websql.dbtransaction method outlined above would make it easy to access local WebSQL DBs. It has for me, so hopefully it makes someone else's life a bit easier.
What’s New in Sencha Touch 2.1? | Blog | Sencha – Sencha Touch 2.1 is our next release of the Sencha mobile framework. The 2.1 release includes the following key upgrades: significant performance improvements, charting support, an advanced list component, and enhanced native support through the Sencha Mobile Packager.
Coding Horror: Welcome to the Post PC Era – At the point where these simple, fixed function Post-PC era computing devices are not just "enough" computer for most folks, but also fundamentally innovating in computing as a whole … well, all I can say is bring on the post-PC era.
The Elegant Ruby Web Framework – Padrino Ruby Web Framework – Padrino is a ruby framework built upon the Sinatra web library. Sinatra is a DSL for creating simple web applications in Ruby. Padrino was created to make it fun and easy to code more advanced web applications while still adhering to the spirit that makes Sinatra great!
InfoQ: The Open Group Releases Standards for SOA Architects, Cloud Service Providers – The Open Group recently published three standards that aid organizations that are building infrastructure-as-a-service offerings and service oriented architectures. In addition to releasing the Service Oriented Architecture Reference Architecture (SOA RA) and Service Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure Framework (SOCCI), the Open Group also updated their Open Group Service Integration Maturity Model (OSIMM). In concert, these standards provide expert advice in the form of best practices, questionnaires, and templates for SOA and cloud-scale infrastructure architecture.
paperplanes. A Tour of Amazon’s DynamoDB – Sorted range keys, conditional updates, atomic counters, structured data and multi-valued data types, fetching and updating single attributes, strong consistency, and no explicit way to handle and resolve conflicts other than conditions. A lot of features DynamoDB has to offer remind me of everything that's great about wide column stores like Cassandra, but even more so of HBase
The Five Stages of Hosting (Pinboard Blog) – I thought it might be fun to write up five common options for hosting a web business, ranked in decreasing order of 'cloudiness'. People who aren't interested in this kind of minutia would be wise to pull the rip cord right here.