Daily del.icio.us for January 9th

  • enunciate – Enunciate is a Web service deployment framework. It is not another Web service stack implementation. Rather, Enunciate leverages existing Web service technologies to provide a mechanism to build, package, deploy, and to clearly, accurately deliver your We
  • Ryan Heaton’s Blog: Web Service Programming for the Masses, Part I: Developing the Web Service API – This is the first part of a tutorial will walk you through developing a Web service API that could meet the requirements of all of the above-mentioned use cases. For the sake of clarity and brevity, we’ll keep the operations simple, but by the time we’re
  • Bob Rhubart’s Blog: The SOA Governance Prescription – A significant part of getting your SOA to do what it’s supposed to do is getting the people involved in the SOA to do what they’re supposed to do
  • Pinaki Poddar’s Blog: Slice: OpenJPA for Distributed Databases – Slice is a OpenJPA plug-in for horizontally-partitioned, distributed databases. As distributed databases are being increasingly common in enterprise IT ecosystem, I considered extending OpenJPA to transact against a set of databases instead of a a single
  • Top 10 SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and DTS tips – Whether you plan to migrate SQL Server Data Transformation Services (DTS) packages to SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) or run DTS packages in SQL Server 2005, this expert advice can help
  • How to Dynamically and Iteratively Populate An Excel Workbook from SQL Server – SQL Server Central – In this article, I will show you how to create a new Excel output file and populate the file with discrete spreadsheets containing specific data from a database. We will Integration Services for the task
  • Application Development Trends – SpringSource Offers Spring.NET 1.1 – SpringSource is offering the final release of Spring.NET 1.1. Spring.NET 1.1 supports the ASP.NET Framework for Web development. It enables dependency injection for pages, controls, modules and providers
  • InfoQ: Bruce Johnson discusses Google Web Toolkit – Google Web Toolkit (GWT) tech lead Bruce Johnson discusses the design of GWT, how GWT converts Java into JavaScript, community involvement with GWT, new features in GWT 1.4, and the philosophy behind GWT.
  • Book Review: Google Web Toolkit Applications – Google Web Toolkit, by Ryan Dewsbury, is an excellent book for those looking to use GWT to good advantage, covering most areas of GWT functionality in exceptional detail. It covers software engineering, server integration, custom component composition, CS
  • Adobe – Developer Center : Using BEA Workshop Studio and Java to create Flex-based RIAs – In this tutorial, I walk you through the steps to creating an RIA using Java for the back-end business logic and Flex for the front-end view of the application. I will use the BEA Workshop Studio (Flex Bundle) to create a simple Java mid-tier and a simple
  • smarturls-s2 – Google Code – SmartURLs-S2 is a Struts 2 plugin that provides a rich set of convention based handling for web applications. In addition, it also provides a component framework for developing web application components in separate codebases and the deploying them into a
  • Building Struts 2 Apps Without XML Gluecode – In this article, we jettison XML gluecode for “convention over configuration”. Using the SmartURLs plugin for Struts 2, we can autowire Action classes to page templates with search-engine-optimized URIs.
  • Embedding Flickr Photos – In this article, I’ll explain how to fetch data from Flickr using a proxy client library and displaying the data in a Visual Web Application page.
  • Atlassian Developer Blog – How to build an Atlassian plugin – There’s a single command that will download Tomcat, install Confluence or JIRA, start them up, load sample data, then install your plugin for testing. And once you’ve started the application once, you can just leave it running while you uninstall and rein

Daily del.icio.us for Oct 16, 2007 through Oct 20, 2007

Daily del.icio.us for Sep 20, 2007 through Oct 05, 2007

  • Icahn further raises BEA stake to 13.22 percent | News | Mergers/Acquisitions | Reuters – Billionaire investor Carl Icahn further boosted his stake in BEA Systems Inc (BEAS.O: Quote, Profile, Research) to 13.22 percent, according to a regulatory filing.
  • If wishes were iPhones, then beggars would call [dive into mark] – Buy it for what it is, or don?t buy it at all. Your choices don?t get any more granular than that. Apple has been unwaveringly clear that the iPhone is theirs.
  • Adobe – Developer Center : What’s new in Flex 3 Beta 2 – this article has been updated throughout to reflect Flex 3 Beta 2. However, you can see a summary of interesting changes near the bottom of this article.
  • Technology Review: Gibson’s Self-Tuning Guitar – A new line of instruments from Gibson Guitar now promises to banish this scenario to the dark ages with high-tech self-tuning technology built into the company’s flagship electric-guitar models.
  • Google Web Toolkit Blog: GWT Application Development for the iPhone – In our not-so-humble opinions, we think that the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and the Apple iPhone are two very cool technologies. Our approach was to build an application that primarily targets the iPhone and to use that as a test-bed for new ideas.
  • IntelliJ IDEA Plugins Contest – IntelliJ IDEA has inspired many Java developers to write plug-ins from J2EE and code editing tools to games. Now it has a robust plugin ecosystem with 413 available plugins and new ones appearing nearly every week
  • Redirect after POST filter – RedirectAfterPostFilter lets you easily implement Redirect after POST pattern in your web applications. You can map this filter to your controllers processing POST requests and after the processing filter will redirect the original request to the url
  • Caching Solutions in Java – Even though caching improves performance and makes your architecture work, it can, in fact, complicate design and introduce such complexities as concurrent code and cluster-wide synchronization.
  • Daemon : Procrun – Daemon – Procrun is a set of libraries and applications for making Java applications to run as Windows services. It can convert any application to run as a service.
  • The Connector released for Microsoft Project / JIRA Integration – The Connector allows users of JIRA to use Microsoft Project for doing planning and scheduling and provides an easy way to synchronize the information in Microsoft Project with the issues in JIRA

Daily del.icio.us for Feb 20, 2007 through Feb 21, 2007

Daily del.icio.us for Feb 19, 2007

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Daily del.icio.us for Feb 17, 2007 through Feb 19, 2007

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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.