I have a couple of computers at home but my primary machine is a DELL desktop running Vista. This is a dual-core machine with 4 GB of RAM but it ran sloooooooooooowwwwww. So I just upgraded the machine with a new 500w power supply and a NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT video card. The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT is an amazing video card that’s SLI ready with 112 stream processors and a 256-bit framebuffer interface running at 900MHz, DirectX 10, PCI Express 2.0 and the second generation NVIDIA PureVideo engine with full acceleration and post processing for HD DVD and Blu-ray movies.
Here are the screenshots of the Performance Information and Tools screen with the before and after Windows Experience Index number. Guess I need to upgrade the processor next.
Generation 5 » Stop Catching Exceptions! – A strategy that (i) uses finally as the first resort for containing corrupting and maintaining invariants, (ii) uses catch locally when the exceptions thrown in an area are completely understood, and (iii) surrounds independent units of work with try-catch blocks is an effective basis for using exceptions
Reverse-engineer Source Code into UML Diagrams | Javalobby – Now that we have UML diagram integrated within our build file, and also our CI job, we can ensure that our code base and the UML diagrams are always in sync. We saw how to include these ant targets in our commit builds or nightly builds of our CI jobs, and also published these artifacts as part of our post build process.
The Way I Think | Good Bye FireBug. Hello Developer Tools. – If you’re a web developer and you've ever worked on the client side then you've almost certainly used the incredible Firebug. If you work regularly in IE you may have also used the fantastic IE web tool bar. However, IE8 is the first browser to actually build one of these clever little add-ons right into the browser.
InfoQ: Fowler: Agile Vs. Lean Misses the Point – Many of the people who developed the current crop of agile methodologies were strongly influenced by lean manufacturing and the ideas behind it. This can be seen in the many commonalities between lean and agile, including: People centric approach, Empowered teams, Adaptive planning, Continuous improvement
Google Web Toolkit Blog: GWT 1.5 Now Available – We're happy to announce that GWT 1.5 is now officially released and available for download. GWT 1.5 delivers what we think are an impressive number of improvements, about four hundred issues if you're counting. We're also happy that one of those is issue 168, our most-requested feature, "Support for Java 5".
Java Reflection – Dynamic Proxies – Using Java Reflection you create dynamic implementations of interfaces at runtime. You do so using the class java.lang.reflect.Proxy. Dynamic proxies can be used for many different purposes, e.g. database connection and transaction management, dynamic mock objects for unit testing, and other AOP-like method intercepting purposes
Reading the Web – Ideas Blog – NYTimes.com – “Ideas” is a daily blog by Tom Kuntz and other editors of the Week in Review featuring brief posts on interesting articles and other stuff we've come across lately on the Web, in print and elsewhere. We’re generalists, so think of this as a grazing buffet for omnivores. Equally important, “Ideas” is a conversation, so please post your comments and e-mail us your suggestions.
Google Chrome, Google’s Browser Project – Google Chrome is Google’s open source browser project. As rumored before under the name of Google Browser, this will be based on the existing rendering engine Webkit. Furthermore, it will include Google’s Gears project.
visualvm: Home – VisualVM is a visual tool integrating several commandline JDK tools and lightweight profiling capabilities. Designed for both production and development time use, it further enhances the capability of monitoring and performance analysis for the Java SE pl
iPhone: The New Personal Computer – ReadWriteWeb – Increasingly, desktops and laptops will be for professional computing. iPhone and its descendants will be our new personal computer. This is an exciting page in the history of our technology. It's the start of an era: ubiquitous, portable, personal comput
stevenf.com – Don’t use FTP – FTP has served us well, but it's time to move on. You wouldn't use a 23 year old computer to do your work, so don't use a protocol from the same vintage. Demand modern transfer protocols from your host.
Oracle faces skeptical BEA customer base – In fact, it looks as if Oracle acquiring BEA could be a major disruption event in application development, either by establishing Oracle with a brand new customer base or by releasing a slew of user free agents
Ext JS – Ext GWT v1.0 Released – The Ext team is proud to announce that the official release of Ext GWT v1.0 is available for download. This is the first release of Ext GWT which is the culmination of many weeks of development from the Ext development team
Object-oriented Programming in Java – I am using the text Object-oriented Programming in Java in my beginning computer programming course. It is aimed at students with little or no programming experience, and it uses DrJava as a vehicle for student experimentation OO programming concepts.
The Development of the C Language – This paper is about the development of the C programming language, the influences on it, and the conditions under which it was created
Visual SourceSafe to Subversion Migration – This migration script will take all live files in a VSS project and migrate them to Subversion. Additionally, for those live files, all file history will be preserved. Without this, it wouldn't be a migration, merely an import.
Coding Horror: Setting up Subversion on Windows – When it comes to readily available, free source control, I don't think you can do better than Subversion at the moment. Allow me to illustrate how straightforward it is to get a small Subversion server and client going on Windows. It'll take all of 30 min
JRuby 1.1 is out! – The Empty Way – The long awaited JRuby 1.1 is finally out. Working on it was fun, much more fun than I expected — so much to do, so many interesting things, so little time! It is a perfect mixture of Java and Ruby
Build a quad-core, 8-gig server for $900 – Or maybe that's just what I tell myself when I only have $1,000 bucks to spend. Either way, multi-core CPUs made powerful computers far more affordable. You can build a fine quad-core, 8-gig server within that budget
My Essential Twitter Tools – If you’re using Twitter for personal, corporate use, or to manage the brand of a client, you’ll need the right tools to find and engage the discussions.
Here are the tools that I’m using to improve my Twitter experience
Forbes.com – Dial D for Disruption – With Asterisk loaded onto a computer, a decent-size company can rip out its traditional phone switch, even some of its newfangled Internet telephone gear, and say good-bye to 80% of its telecom equipment costs. Not good news for Cisco, Nortel or Avaya.
Ext.ux.PrinterFriendly – Ext JS Forums – I'm happy to announce the first release of my (first) Ext JS extension – Ext.ux.PrinterFriendly which allows you to easily build printer friendly layouts and grids for your Ext JS pages.
SaveTheDevelopers.org :: Making The Web A Better Place – Say no to IE 6! Our current campaign focuses on assisting users in upgrading their Internet Explorer 6 web browser. This campaign will result in former IE 6 users having a more enjoyable experience on the web while (hopefully) creating a less stressful an
Save the Developers! Stop Using Internet Explorer 6 – There is a scourge on the Web. It is called Internet Explorer 6. Even though IE7 has been around for more than two years, IE6 still represents 31% of all browsers out there (versus only 22 % for IE7 and 36.5 % for Firefox).
The ’80s Video That Pops Up, Online and Off – New York Times – For rickrolling, the duck was replaced with the 20-year-old Astley video, and in the last year it has become a hugely successful “meme,” the Internet’s word for an idea repeated across the Web. The video from yougotrickrolled.com has been viewed mor
ETL for Free-Form Data – SQL Server Central – Would you like to learn a handy little process for extracting, transforming and loading data fields from a free-form source like a web page or word processing document into something structured like a staging table?
Asynchronous HTTP and Comet architectures – Java World – In this article, Gregor Roth takes a wider view of asynchronous HTTP, explaining its role in developing high-performance HTTP proxies and non-blocking HTTP clients, as well as the long-lived HTTP connections associated with Comet.
Mobile Desktop at Improv Everywhere – For our latest mission, three agents entered a Starbucks one by one with their own giant desktop computer and CRT monitor. They bought coffee and worked at their computers as if they were laptops
The Smartest Unknown Indian Entrepreneur – Forbes.com – Vembu is a rare species in India these days. As far as I know, he's one of the very few entrepreneurs who has been able to execute on the premise of building software "products" and/or software-as-a-service out of India.
Codedependent – Java Swing guy joins Adobe – I've recently joined Adobe Systems to work on the Flex SDK. Much of the material I write will be about Flex, Flash, AIR, ActionScript, and related technologies, although I also intend to have non-technology-specific pieces as interesting graphics software
Installing Drupal 6 | drupal.org – This tutorial covers the installation of Drupal 6. The video goes through each of the steps needed to properly setup Drupal including downloading, database set up and running the installation script. It also covers some common roadblocks and how to…
Official Google Docs Blog: New features for 2008! – It’s been two months since we launched Google Presentations and already we’ve got new toys! We’ve been listening to your feedback and working hard to get you new features as quickly as possible
Blueprint Grid CSS Generator – This tool will help you generate more flexible versions of Blueprint’s grid.css and compressed.css and grid.png files. Whether you prefer 8, 10,16 or 24 columns in your design, this generator now enables you that flexibility with Blueprint.
The Most Hated Company In the PC Industry – Asustek is the most hated company in the industry. Microsoft, Apple, Dell and Palm hate Asustek because the company can give us something they can’t: A super cheap, flexible, powerful mobile computer. At $299, why would anyone not buy one?
facebook-java-api – Google Code – A Facebook API client implemented in Java – The purpose of this project is to provide a high-quality, more up to date version of the Facebook API client for Java developers, and to allow it to be maintained regularly over time.
The Mythical 5% – So you must learn continuously and teach yourself new technologies, but it’s not that simple. It’s definitely good to learn more about programming, but you can’t just learn more about programming
O’Reilly — ActionScript 3.0: Is It Hard or Not? – The code doesn?t have to reside in classes. Variable datatypes don?t have to be declared, even in the strict compilation mode. The language is designed to provide as much or as little structure and flexibility as the task at hand requires.
Webwereld | Six enterprise application trends to watch in 2008 – If 2007 was any indication of what’s to come, the one thing companies using expensive enterprise applications-ERP, CRM and supply chain management systems-is that more change vendor alliances, pricing schemes and software innovation is on the way in 2008.
Checklist/Tuning Guide for Optimizing the JRockit JVM – The goal of this document is to provide information for tuning the BEA JRockit JVM using a checklist approach. A lot of territory is covered, from esoteric command-line options to iterative performance testing
Generating JUnit Tests for Legacy Java Applications – Unit tests give us the confidence to change applications, even legacy applications that we didn’t write ourselves. To avoid the drudgery of writing a test case for every edge and boundary, we can let JUnit Factory generate a large set of tests for us.
dmiessler.com | study | lsof – lsof is the Linux/Unix über-tool. I use it most for getting network connection related information from a system, but that’s just the beginning for this amazing and little-known application
chalain: So Beautiful, So Disturbing – She gets out of bed and stretches, perfect curves sliding under silky lingerie and momentarily making me forget about breakfast, meatloaf, and whoever it was I was married to before last night.
Java Power Tools: Home – "Java Power Tools" is about software tools and techniques that can contribute to improving the SDLC which includes build tools such as Maven and Ant, CI tools, code quality tools, testing tools, collaborative tools, source version control, and more!
Rod Johnson » Sun’s GlassFish Embracing Spring – I think part of what’s making Sun more relevant in the enterprise Java space is that they are now more plugged into what’s happening in the wider world, and are willing to take the input on board and act on it