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.
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
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:
Java concurrency with thread gates – JavaWorld – The thread gate pattern is an effective tool for controlling thread concurrency, but many developers are unfamiliar with it. Just as a traffic light can regulate the behavior of automobiles at an intersection, thread gates can block or allow thread progress based on given factors
SitePoint » 10 Fixes That Solve IE6 Problems – We know IE is likely to be around for some time, but can we still support the browser and avoid hacks and conditional CSS? Here are 10 fixes to solve the majority of IE6 problems with valid HTML and CSS code…
Apache FtpServer – Index – The Apache FtpServer is a 100% pure Java FTP server. It#039;s designed to be a complete and portable FTP server engine solution based on currently available open protocols. FtpServer can be run standalone as a Windows service or Unix/Linux daemon, or embedded into a Java application. We also provide support for integration within Spring applications and provide our releases as OSGi bundles.
Books and Music That Make You Dumb – Digits – WSJ.com – With his two Web sites (which have crashed from too much traffic), Booksthatmakeyoudumb.com and Musicthatmakesyoudumb.com, Griffith used aggregated Facebook data about the favorite bands and books among students of various colleges and plotted them against the average SAT scores at those schools, creating a tongue-in-cheek statistical look at taste and intelligence
The storage solution Sun should have built | unixville – The HP MediaSmart Server EX485 is a diminutive low-power device that provides backup and storage service for all your home computers. It runs Windows Home Server, uses commodity hardware and supports Mac & iTunes, all while providing space for 4 internal drives
Granite Data Services (Free, Open Source, Flex & J2EE) – Confluence – Granite Data Services (GDS) is a free, open source (LGPL'd) alternative to Adobe® LiveCycle® (Flex™ 2+) Data Services for J2EE application servers. The primary goal of this project is to provide a framework for Flex 2+/EJB 3/Seam/Spring/Guice/POJO application development with full AMF3/RemoteObject benefits.
Raible Designs | Choosing an Ajax Framework – For #1, we chose Ext JS, Dojo, YUI and GWT because we feel these Ajax libraries offer the most UI widgets. We also considered Prototype/Scriptaculous, jQuery and MooTools, but decided against them because of their lack of UI widgets
patterns & practices: Application Architecture Guide 2.0 (The Book) – Home – Welcome to the patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project site! provides design-level guidance for the architecture and design of applications built on the .NET Framework. It focuses on the most common types of applications, partitioning application functionality into layers, components, and services, and walks through their key design characteristics.This guide is a collaborative effort between patterns & practices, product teams, and industry experts
Unison File Synchronizer – Unison is a file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows. It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or different disks on the same host), modified separately, and then brought up to date by propagating the changes in each replica to the other
Artima Developer Spotlight Forum – Dmitry Jemerov on IntelliJ IDEA 8 and RubyMine – JetBrains released the latest major version of IDEA, it's multi-language development environment. In this interview with Artima, JetBrains architect Dmitry Jemerov talks about the most significant IDEA 8 features, including improved core Java support and support for multiple languages. He also discusses JetBrains' new Ruby IDE
java.think(): 8 Reasons You Should Be Using Terracotta, not Oracle Coherence – Unlike Coherence, Terracotta is not based on Java serialization. This fundamental algorithmic difference gives Terracotta superior performance. What's more, as the size of the data set grows, the performance you get from Terracotta remains constant. Compare that to Oracle Coherence – as the size of the data you put into the cache grows, so does the work it has to do to keep the data synchronized. The result is a significant drop in operations/sec.
Java Concurrency Synchronizers « PODIDEA – Successful Intelligence – We all know that Java supports synchronization since day one through the synchronized keyword, but the limitation is that this mechanism works at the block level and is limited to a single thread at a time. A number of new mechanisms were introduced. Among them are semaphore, barrier, latch and exchanger.
Obama’s CTO: Watch out for the turf wars | Outside the Lines – CNET News – Obama will appoint the nation's first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies and services for the 21st century. The CTO will ensure the safety of our networks and will lead an interagency effort, working with chief technology and chief information officers of each of the federal agencies, to ensure that they use best-in-class technologies and share best practices.
Type-safe Builder Pattern in Java « Michid’s Weblog – Recently I read this rather fascinating post about a Type-safe Builder Pattern in Scala. When Heinz Kabutz mentioned the builder pattern in his latest issues of the The Java Specialists’ Newsletter I decided to try to come up with a type safe version for Java.
InfoQ: Spring 2.5: New Features in Spring MVC – This article is the second part of a three-part series exploring annotations introduced in Spring 2.5. It covers annotations support in the Web layer. The final article will highlight additional features available for integration and testing.
jetlang – Message based concurrency for Java – Jetlang provides a high performance java threading library. The library is based upon Retlang. The library is a complement to the java.util.concurrent package introduced in 1.5. The library should be used for message based concurrency similar to event based actors in Scala. The library does not provide remote messaging capabilities. It is designed specifically for high performance in-memory messaging.
Linux.com :: Using free software for HTTP load testing – A good way to see how your Web applications and server will behave under high load is by testing them with a simulated load. We tested several free software tools that do such testing to see which work best for what kinds of sites.
IntelliJ IDEA Blog » Blog Archive » IntelliJ IDEA 7.0.4 Takes Off – Good news, everyone! We’re happy to announce the release of IntelliJ IDEA 7.0.4! Though this is a regular maintenance release, we have some cool stuff (besides performance improvements and bug-fixes — things you can typically find in any maintenance release) up our sleeve for you: Reworked Ruby, JRuby and Rails support, Way better smart Maven integration, Version control with Subversion 1.5
InfoQ: Mark Little on Transactions, Web Services and REST – In this interview, recorded at QCon London 2008, Red Hat Director of Standards and Technical Development Manager for the SOA platform Mark Little talks about extended transaction models, the history of transaction standardization, their role for web servi
ScreenSteps: Rapid Documentation Tool – ScreenSteps takes the drudgery out of creating visual, step-by-step software tutorials/guides. With ScreenSteps you can communicate software instructions clearly and quickly.
Vespa: A better MVC » Semicolon – Vespa is a refinement of the old MVC (Model View Controller) architectural pattern that better reflects how Web applications actually work. I have refined the basic MVC pattern in light of typical usage patterns I’ve encountered
Google Code Blog: OAuth Available for Google Data APIs – We love open standards, and we've just added support for a new one: OAuth is now supported on all of the APIs. OAuth is an open standard for authentication that allows applications to authenticate users without ever directly handling usernames/passwords
The LinkedIn Blog: Grails at LinkedIn – Below is a presentation that my colleagues Alex Vauthey, Borislav Roussev, Jamie Still and I put together for a JavaOne Groovy/Grails Meetup. This presentation tells about our experience using Grails to build our application.
Raible Designs | LinkedIn’s Engineering Blog – Have you been curious about LinkedIn's architecture or how they're using Grails and Rails? If so, you might be interested in LinkedIn's Engineering Blog. Over the past couple of weeks, a few Engineers have starting writing about our architecture, OpenSoci
InfoQ: Agile Architecture Is Not Fragile Architecture – Architecture is perceived as a heavy-weight activity which does not fit into an Agile process, so many teams start without it, just to find themselves re-doing the software later because the code structure was not good enough to support maintainability an
Groovy on Grails : Grails at LinkedIn (Brian Guan) – It’s been more than 6 months since the Grails community learned that LinkedIn , an online network of professional contacts, has been using Grails along with custom made frameworks to power their applications.
Greg Brown’s Blog: Introducing Pivot – Pivot is an open-source framework for building high-quality, cross-platform applications that are easily deployable both via the web and to the desktop. It began as an R&D effort at VMware and is now being made available to the community as an option for
Using Snort: Part 1: Installation and configuration – Web sites are the most vulnerable, and therefore the most hacked, bits of technology on the Internet. Enter Snort, a free and open source Network Intrusion Prevention System (NIPS) and Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS) tool for managing and preven
Firefox 3 for developers – MDC – If you're a developer trying to get a handle on all the new features in Firefox 3, this is the perfect place to start. This article provides a list of the new articles covering features added to Firefox 3
InfoQ: Is Google Gears Positioned to Add Features to the Web? – There is no doubt that Rich Internet Applications remain a major battleground for the industry along with and complementary to Ad-based revenue models and cloud-computing. Will Gears take a similar path as Flash and become as much adopted by Web sites and
InfoQ: Erlang – software for a concurrent world – How do you program a multicore computer? Easy – do it in Erlang. Erlang is a concurrent functional programming language designed for programming fault-tolerant systems. With share-nothing semantics and pure message passing, Erlang programs scales on multi
JetBrains’ Dmitry Jemerov on IntelliJ 8, Flex, and Scala – Dmitry Jemerov is a lead developer on JetBrains' IntelliJ IDEA. In this wide-ranging interview with Artima, Jemerov discusses the main focus areas for the upcoming IntelliJ 8 release, as well as his views on IntelliJ's support for Flex and Scala.
Why Java? Because it’s everywhere. – The value of this enterprise capabilities is still very high, and in my opinion, it is one of the most important differentiators of Java. Once you know how to deal with it, it saves you lots of time in development and production.
IDEA is Now Enterprisey – It’s official, JetBrains raised the price on IDEA. While they claim they have not raised prices in 5 years, this is not the complete story.
Smoke and Ice: Um… Has anyone seen JBoss? – Ok, can anyone explain why JBoss seams to have dropped off the map? The 5.0 version of the JBoss Application Server has been in beta for over a year! What's going on?
InfoQ: From Tags to Riches: Going from Web 1.0 to Flex – James Ward and Shashank Tiwari walk through replacing a Web 1.0 interface with a rich Adobe Flex user interface. In the article, they outline the steps of updating the open source Pentaho Suite dashboard with a Web 2.0 dashboard:
IntelliJ IDEA Blog » Blog Archive » External Annotations – There are several cases when direct annotating code is not advisable: for example, project is shared between team members that use different IDEs, or you work with library classes. That does not mean you can’t make use of these annotations, though – w
Getting Started with Grails – Infoq ebook – Grails is an open-source, rapid web application development framework that provides a super-productive full-stack programming model based on the Groovy scripting language and built on top of Spring, Hibernate, and other standard Java frameworks. Many org
20 minutes or so on why I am 4Barack (Lessig Blog) – I wasn't going to do this, but then someone ask me to do it, and someone else told me (to my horror — not that it would be insane for anyone, but insane for her) that she was for Clinton. So consider this my precinct captain duty for the lessig blog.
BitNami :: BitNami Stacks – BitNami stacks make it incredibly easy to install your favorite open source software. Application stacks include an open source application and all the dependencies necessary to run it, such as Apache, MySQL and PHP or Ruby. All you need to do is download
Sriram Krishnan: Amazon SimpleDB – Technical Overview – Structured storage was one of the missing pieces in Amazon’s cloud services jigsaw puzzle (the other has to be the ability to host a site completely on EC2 without using dynamic DNS hacks) and Amazon is plugging that hole today with the launch of SimpleDB
Remember The Milk – Services / Remember The Milk for Gmail – Remember The Milk for Gmail is a Firefox extension that allows you to manage your tasks in Gmail (complete, postpone, and edit tasks), add new tasks (and connect them with your emails, contacts, and Google Calendar events), automatically add tasks for sta
Eventually Consistent – All Things Distributed – Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the concept of eventual consistency in the context of data replication. In this positing I would like to try to collect some of the principles and abstractions related to large scale data replication and t