Links for December 27th through December 30th

Daily del.icio.us for October 5th through October 8th

Daily del.icio.us for October 2nd through October 4th

  • Examining America’s presidential candidates | Examining the candidates | The Economist – A survey of academic economists by The Economist finds the majority—at times by overwhelming margins—believe Mr Obama has the superior economic plan, a firmer grasp of economics and will appoint better economic advisers.
  • Java Programmer: Quick review of Collections in Java – For a quick go round, I would like to share some of the important features In Java Collections I came to know from this book
  • Q&A With Gabe Rivera, Creator Of Techmeme – The masses might have Digg, but perhaps the influencers have Techmeme. Certainly plenty of large, influential bloggers I know keep an eye on what it is covering. But I recommend it for anyone, not just influencers, for the easy way it organizes what’s happening with technology stories.
  • Captured at Red Rocks: Photos from U2’s Legendary Concert | JamsBio Magazine – On a cold, wet June night in 1983 at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre, U2 proved why they were the greatest band on the planet
  • How Google developed the Chrome Web browser – Google's Darin Fisher, a software engineer on the Chrome project, talks about how the Web browser was developed and tested. As you might suspect, agility, speed, and testing were all critical
  • Netflix API : Introducing the Netflix API – On behalf of the Netflix API team, I’m very excited to announce the release of the Netflix API and to launch this site for our developer community. We have been impressed with the applications developers have managed to build using our RSS feeds or by screen-scraping the web site, so we can’t wait to see what you’ll do with a supported API!

    The Netflix API includes a JavaScript API, REST API and ATOM feeds. Use of the API is free and we even allow commercial use.

  • SVNKit 1.2.0, Pure Java Subversion Library | Javalobby – SVNKit is a pure Java Subversion library that provides APIs to access and manipulate Subversion repositories and working copies. SVNKit does not require any native binaries to be installed in order to work with Subversion.
  • SpringSource Announces General Availability of SpringSource dm Server | SpringSource – dm Server redefines the Java server market – OSGi-based server provides a fast, flexible and modular infrastructure across deployment environments
  • YUI 2.6.0 Released » Yahoo! User Interface Blog – The YUI development community is pleased to announce the release of version 2.6.0 of the YUI Library. You can download YUI 2.6.0 from SourceForge or configure your implementation using the updated YUI Configurator.
  • Google Blog Search – Blog Search uses a set of algorithms to try to determine the most popular stories in the blogosphere. We consider factors such as a blog's title and content, as well as its popularity throughout the rest of the blogging community

Daily del.icio.us for June 24th through June 27th

Daily del.icio.us for June 6th through June 10th

Daily del.icio.us for January 18th

Daily del.icio.us for January 7th

  • alphaWorks Services | IBM Web Highlights | Overview – IBM Web Highlights is a social Web 2.0 application that allows quick creation, sharing, and discussion of Web snippets and Web pages. The snippets are in the form of highlights that can be independently created and then discussed between member.
  • Top 3 SSIS Dataflow Mistakes – Brian Knight – There’s an old saying that when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If the SSIS data flow is your hammer, too many people thing treat the components in the data flow like nails and don’t follow best traditional ETL practices
  • [Component] CForm v1.0 « Flexed – CForm is all about creating data entry screens. This component allows developers to create standardized forms/CRUD screens in their applications. The CForm component is a Data Entry component that can be very useful
  • Thin – A fast and simple web server « Marc-André Cournoyer?s blog – Thin is a web server that glues together 3 of the best Ruby libraries in web history: the Mongrel parser, Event Machine: a network I/O library with extremely high scalability, performance and stability and Rack
  • http://www.wallstreetandtech.com/printableArticle.jhtml?articleID=205100034 – The list of financial firms deploying Web 2.0 applications, both within the enterprise and externally, is growing. TD Ameritrade, Bear Stearns and Wells Fargo all have announced new 2.0 applications in the last few months.
  • Amazon?s EC2 Open Source Firefox Plugin – Developers using Amazon?s EC2 API might find this interesting: Amazon has created an open source project on SourceForge for ElasticFox, their Firefox extension that lets you create and manage EC2 instances from a GUI in the browser.
  • PragDave: Two New Groovy Titles – Just to prove we’re not totally Ruby-centric, we just took two books on Groovy into beta. Venkat has written Programming Groovy: Dynamic Productivity for the Java Developer, a wonderful introduction to the language. And Scott Davis complements it with Gr
  • Bruce Eckel: Java, Evolutionary Dead End – Bruce Eckel says that Java should not change much any more, that maybe “the right thing to do is just not add the feature at all (what fun is that?). That if you can’t do it right then maybe the language should stop growing and become stable.
  • The Myth of Stored Procedures Preference – Developer Pills – So with no pre-compilation and caching for both SPs and SQL statments there is no advantage for SPs here, in some other databases the SPs compiled into C or C++ but this isn’t the case in SQL Server 7.0/2000.
  • GWT Site » Getting started with GWT and Google Gears – Google Gears is a library that enables your web applications to work offline. Currently it consists of three modules: LocalServer for caching and serving up your web app resources (ie. html, javascript, images), a SQLite Database for storing offline data

Daily del.icio.us for December 31st through January 1st

Daily del.icio.us for December 31st through January 1st:

Daily del.icio.us for Apr 26, 2007 through Apr 27, 2007

  • The Dojo Offline Toolkit | The Dojo Toolkit – Dojo Offline is a free, open source toolkit that makes it easy for web applications to work offline. It consists of a JavaScript library bundled with your web page and cross-browser download that helps to cache your web application’s UI for use offline.
  • AllThingsD – AllThingsD.com is a Web site devoted to news, analysis and opinion on technology, the Internet and media. But it is different from other sites in this space. It’s a fusion of different media styles, different topics, different formats & different sources.
  • mir.aculo.us – Prototype 1.5.1: Release candidate 3 – Prototype 1.5.1 is making steady progress and this should be the last release candidate before the final version?and we?ve already lots of stuff up our sleeves for 1.6.0
  • JD on EP: Open Flex links, 2 – There are many more posts and opinion now. I’ll be linking here to ones where I learn a little something different. Links will be updated over the next few hours and presented in chronological order, oldest findings first.
  • Adobe opensources Flex (Exclusive Videos with Adobe) « Scobleizer – Adobe is firing its guns in the Microsoft Silverlight vs. Flash war. Developers win.
  • Adobe to Open Source Flex – Adobe announced plans to release source code for Adobe Flex as open source. The open source Flex SDK and documentation will be available under the Mozilla Public License (MPL)

Sad State of Affair in Java & .NET blog server software

It really is a sad state of affair when it comes to blog server software for Java and .NET. For the last few weeks, I’ve been working to introduce blogs and the concept of blogging internally at work and trying to pilot the use of blogs instead of the standard project portal. To that end, I figured I should really get the latest offerings from all of the blogging server software out there and put them through the paces to see which one works better than the other.

I’ve personally only used Blogger, Movable Type and WordPress in the past 5 years. The primary blog ran on Blogger for many years before I finally moved everything to WordPress. To make sure we’re eating our own dog food, I decided to download Roller and Community Server (formerly. Text) and give them a whirl.

Being a Java guy, I was excited to download and install Roller, as it’s one of the most popular Java blogging software out there. Boy, was I disappointed. I know this is free and open-source but installing and getting Roller running was a royal pain in the neck. The installation is documented fairly well for Tomcat but I have tons of servers running WebLogic and so I tried to deploy Roller under WebLogic. So I configure the appropriate datasources and authentication realms and try to deploy the application. I killed the server before I got a seizure from the fast scrolling stack-trace. Without boring you with all the details, it took me almost 8 hours to get Roller to work correctly under WebLogic. Having worked with J2EE containers for over 6 years, I know the reality of deploy-anywhere but this is ridiculous. How easy is it to create a web application that works on a bunch of different containers? I could not believe the effort it took to get this simple web application deployed. Take a look at Confluence – Java web application that configures itself and runs on every container out there. And other major issue I have with Roller is the lack of support for any other database platforms besides MySQL, PostgreSQL and HSQL-DB. I love MySQL but I have Oracle running internally on big boxes that are backed up several times a day and actively monitored. But I can’t use Oracle with Roller as it only supports MySQL, PostgreSQL and HSQL-DB out of the box. With technologies like Hibernate, why do we still have applications written in Java that are so database platform bound? My next mission is to get Roller working with Oracle and then document (and blog) the hacks necessary to get Roller working under WebLogic and Oracle.

Another problem with Roller is the lack of community support and plug-ins. Coming from the WordPress side of the house, there is a plug-in for everything including the kitchen sink. Before you can think it, someone has already written a plug-in for it. (I should really look at Pebble and Blojsom)

Moving to the .NET side of house is not a pretty picture either. The blog engine that used to be named .Text is now rebranded as Community Server. The installation is pretty easy and product looks fairly robust. Telligent Systems is the company that’s taken over development of .Text and the new product includes a discussion system, blogging system, and photo gallery system. The same lack of plugins or add-ons exists here and the 3 listed add-ons require a commercial license. Beyond the base blog functionality, there is nothing available.

Roller and Community Server work well once you get them installed. But anything beyond the basic requires custom development and I just feel that is not a good use of my time. To me, blog server software is a commodity and so I want to find something that’s easy to use and has the most features. I know I am developer and I can sit down and write anything I need but my company pays me to add value in a different capacity.

WordPress on the other hand is unbelievable. It’s written in PHP, which I can hack (if I had to) but all the plugins I’ve downloaded simply work. Download a plugin and just drop it in the plugins directory and you’re off and running. The big deficiency for WordPress in my opinion is that it only supports MySQL as a database platform but the value proposition provided by all the functionality is just incredible. I just hope Roller can catch-up as competition is great and really helps drive innovation.