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  • Google Co-Founder Has Genetic Code Linked to Parkinson’s – NYTimes.com – Sergey Brin, a Google co-founder, said Thursday that he has a gene mutation that increases his likelihood of contracting Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that can impair speech, movement and other functions
  • Ext JS – Ext GWT 1.1 Released – We are pleased to announce the release of Ext GWT 1.1. This release is packed full of new features and components. Ext GWT 1.1 is a recommended upgrade for all Ext GWT 1.0 users. Although a minor release, Ext GWT introduces many exciting new features to help build your rich internet application. With this release, Ext GWT shortens the feature set gap between Ext JS.
  • Was ‘Adult Supervision’ Needed On Wall Street? : NPR – The bankruptcy of financial services giant Lehman Brothers and the 500-point drop in the stock market on Sept. 15 have sent shock waves through the financial community. Michael Greenberger, a former director at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, tells Terry Gross that the government's decision to bail out AIG is a sign that the economy is "teetering on the brink."
  • Obama airs unusual economy ad – Mike Allen – Politico.com – Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is airing an unusual two-minute TV ad about the economy, calling for “shared responsibility” and “real regulation” to rein in an “anything-goes culture on Wall Street.”

    The ad is part of the campaign’s effort to respond confidently and convincingly to this weekend’s financial meltdown

  • Why Obama’s Health Plan Is Better – WSJ.com – Everyone agrees our health-care financing system must change. But only one candidate, Barack Obama, has real change we can believe in.
  • Sun Launches Open Suite for SWIFT for Financial Institutions and Corporate Treasuries – Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the launch of the Sun Open Suite for SWIFT, a complete end-to-end software and hardware infrastructure solution to help corporate treasuries and financial institutions kick-start fast and secure SWIFTNet integration
  • Ext JS – Ext JS at The Ajax Experience – Come join Jack Slocum and I for two developer focused sessions, "Hands On Ext" and “Advanced CSS and Theming of Ext JS” at The Ajax Experience at the end of this month. Feel free to follow along with your laptop or watch as we build an application and demonstrate how to create a custom theme in each hour long session.
  • Windows Games Run Faster on Linux than on Windows Vista / From Out There / rca / Fellows / The Fellowship – Fellowship of FSFE – These benchmarks say that GNU/Linux with Cedega or WINE runs the tested games 33 – 40% faster than Windows Vista. 40%! That's not just the fraction of fps that the hardcore crowd lusts for, that's a significant number.

    So the best modern platform to play Windows games on is not Windows but GNU/Linux

  • Stack Overflow – Stack Overflow is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for programmers — regardless of platform or language. Jump in and share your software engineering expertise!
  • The short – but eventful – life of Ike – The Big Picture – Boston.com – In its brief lifespan of only 13 days, Hurricane Ike wreaked great deal of havoc. Affecting several countries including Cuba, Haiti, and the United States, Ike is blamed for approximately 114 deaths (74 in Haiti alone), and damages that are still being tallied, with estimates topping $10 billion. Many shoreline communities of Galveston, Texas were wiped from the map by the winds, storm surge and the walls of debris pushed along by Ike – though Galveston was spared the level of disaster it suffered in 1900.

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  • People Over Process » A Roadmap for JavaFX – Adobe’s Beat Them By a Week, But So What? – JavaOne 2008 – The fact that Adobe, Microsoft, Sun, and others are all racing towards the same end should be encouraging, not frustrating. Getting preempted by a week with, basically, the same sort of announcement is meaningless in the grand scheme of things
  • JavaFX’s day in the Sun | The Universal Desktop | ZDNet.com – JavaFX has a LONG way to go especially when you look at Adobe’s RIA strengths and Microsoft’s very enthusiastic entry into the space. But I think JavaFX will be a breath of fresh air for people and will help in expanding the RIA footprint further
  • Java platform to get modularity, OSGi support | InfoWorld | News | 2008-05-07 | By Paul Krill – Upcoming versions of the Java platform will be fitted with capabilities such as flexibility, OSGi support, and modularity, Sun Microsystems officials said Tuesday afternoon at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco.
  • Dell Expands Virtualization Offerings – Dell is adding to its virtualization portfolio by embedding Citrix XenServer into its hardware and expanding its services for customers investing in the technology.
  • Andy Kessler: WSJ: The War for the Web – The continuing battle between Microsoft and Google will mean fierce competition – adding features, building data centers, cutting deals and spending money on speed and customer convenience
  • Archiva – The Build Artifact Repository Manager – Apache Archiva is an extensible repository management software that helps taking care of your own personal or enterprise-wide build artifact repository. It is the perfect companion for build tools such as Maven, Continuum, and ANT.
  • JavaOne 2008: Day One (So Far) – JavaOne 2008 Day One has started, of course, and it's an interesting show, with a lot of undercurrents about JavaFX (as expected) and multimedia – and mobile applications. There's a lot more, of course, and this thread is meant for people to add comments
  • The day the music died [dive into mark] – This is a letter I sent to my father to explain what it means that Microsoft is pulling support for MSN Music. Tech issues like this often bubble up into the media that he reads, but they are rarely explained well. My father assumes I have an opinion on s
  • Amazon Now Serving OpenSolaris on EC2 – GigaOM – Sun’s OpenSolaris OS will be available on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) customers for free. It is in beta for now. Sun will provide premium technical support for MySQL database running on Linux and Amazon EC2.
  • Julien Lecomte’s Blog » JavaScript: The Good Parts – In JavaScript: The Good Parts, Douglas extensively describes that good subset of the JavaScript language, occasionally warning to avoid the bad. I consider Douglas’ book a must-buy for anybody who’s serious about developing professional apps for the w

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No Fluff Just Stuff – Day Three

The 3rd and final day of the Wisconsin Java Software Symposium was another great day. The day started with the ‘Groovy Programming’ session by Richard Monson-Heafel. Richard currently serves on the J2EE 1.4 (JSR-151), EJB 2.1 (JSR-153) and EJB 3.0 (JSR 220) expert groups for the Java Community Process. He is also one of the founders of the Apache Geronimo and the OpenEJB open source projects. Richard is also the award winning author of Enterprise JavaBeans, 4th Edition, and the awesome J2EE Web Services. I blogged about this book earlier in the year as I really loved that book and recommended it very highly.

The first session was all about Groovy and it was great to have Richard lead this session. He is serving as specification lead for the Groovy JSR along with James Strachan. As you probably know, Groovy is a new language for the JVM combining lots of great features from languages like Python, Ruby and Smalltalk and making them available to the Java developers using a Java-like syntax. The reaction of the Java community has been mixed and a lot of people have asked the question about why Groovy was selected over JRuby or Jython. Richard makes the point that Groovy makes sense over JRuby or Jython or any of the other scripting languages as Groovy is built on top of the Java platform and uses syntax that is familiar to Java developers.

I was a little skeptical about Groovy but went in the session with an open mind. As Richard walked us through Groovy, I started to see the potential of Groovy. The fact that I can use existing Java classes in my Groovy apps and vica versa makes Groovy a very powerful option. Richard did a great job of walking us through the language features and explored the built-in support XML, SQL and HTML parsing. I was very interested in the Groovy features but it was also nice to have Richard leading the session as he was able to give us inside info on the status of the JCP and language. Apparently Dave Thomas and Mike Spille are working on trimming down the language and so mixin’s can’t be that far away from Groovy. Some of the language features seemed really cool like the File I/O – Being able to copy a file with 2 lines of Groovy code will make me use Groovy. Richard described Groovy as ‘syntactic sugar’ for Java – I like that description. I hope Groovy succeeds and learns from all the mistakes Perl, PHP, Ruby, and Phyton have made while duplicating the simplicity and power of those languages.

I really liked what I saw about Groovy at this session. I’ve tried in the past to get into Ruby and Jython, but it never really took. I see a lot of value in a simple scripting-like programming language that would allow you to create simple one-off applications in mere minutes. Every one of us has to write a little script to upload a file automatically once every 6 months, or import a file from a vendor and stuff it in the database, etc. and I always try to write them in Java. Now I have the option of using Groovy and I am going to try and learn Groovy to see if it lives up to the expectations. Here are some great Groovy resources:

After the Groovy session, Richard and I went out for lunch. Richard and I had communicated over email in the past and had talked about getting a beer when he was in town. I had a blast spending a few hours with Richard. I’ve always loved his books and his writing style and it was just a lot of fun to pick his brain and get insights into his world. He is a really nice guy and he was very generous with his time. Thanks Richard – You made my weekend.

After lunch, I sat in the ‘Unit and Acceptance Testing web applications’ session by Cobbie Behrend. Cobbie is a friend and it was nice to be there to see him and support him. Cobbie did a great job in walking through some of the web test frameworks. Cobbie walked us through HttpUnit, jWebUnit, Fitnesse and Cactus. Cobbie spent a lot of time talking about his personal experience and shared his best-practices in terms of testing. This was a great session and totally interactive and we have some great observations from the attendees including Brennan Stehling, Dave Colwell, and Ed Chaltry. All in all a great session and a lot of fun.