Links for November 4th

  • Hibernate Should be to Programmers what Cake Mixes are to Bakers – Cake mixes consist of a mix of things you already have in your cupboard plus a load of unnecessary, potentially harmful preservatives. They cost more than making cake from scratch, the resulting cake tastes worse, they take away people’s confidence in their ability to make their own cakes, and they don’t even save you any time. Hibernate has the same misperceived benefits and the same draw-backs. Gordon Ramsay wouldn’t be caught dead using any cake mix. As professional programmers, we should be more skeptical of generic frameworks like Hibernate.
  • InfoQ: Should Enterprise Architecture Teams Be More Focused on Innovation? – Enterprise Architects may be disproportionally concerned with portfolio consolidation, standardization and simplification instead of offering leadership in business technology innovation. This is the proposition offered by Forrester analyst Brian Hopkins in a recent blog post.
  • dzone.com – Using MongoDB with Morphia – Morphia is a Java library which acts sort of like an ORM for MongoDB – it allows us to seamlessly map Java objects to the MongoDB datastore. It uses annotations to indicate which collection a class is stored in, and even supports polymorphic collections
  • GitHub Enterprise – Install GitHub on Your Servers – GitHub on Your Servers – A secure, intuitive system for enterprise software development and collaboration.
  • 10 Key Skills Architects Must Have to Deliver Value | Cutter Consortium – This Executive Report by Michael Rosen discusses the role of the architect and describes 10 activities that architects should perform to add value to projects.
  • 25 Secrets of the Browser Developer Tools – AndiSmith.com – Over the last few years there has been one tool that has helped out every web developer more than any other – the browser developer tools. Working in harmony with the web browser, the developer tools allows us to manipulate DOM elements, CSS styles, JavaScript and other useful information from the same window often in real time.

Daily del.icio.us for April 17th through April 19th

  • Getting Started with Sonatype Nexus on Vimeo – This video walks you through the process of downloading, installing, starting, and configuring Nexus. In less than four minutes, you'll be up and running with the most capable repository manager on the market.
  • Speed Tracer – Google Web Toolkit – Google Code – Speed Tracer is a tool to help you identify and fix performance problems in your web applications. It visualizes metrics that are taken from low level instrumentation points inside of the browser and analyzes them as your application runs
  • The Top 15 Google Products for People Who Build Websites – Google’s strategy of empowering site developers and owners with free and valuable tools has proven to be effective in garnering a fair bit of geek love for the company. Check out some of the best Google products for developing, analyzing, maintaining and tinkering with websites.
  • op4j 1.0 Released and Ready for Spoon Bending | Javalobby – op4j enables 'chained expressions' to improve the semantics and cleanness of your code while reducing the complexity of executing low-level auxiliary tasks in Java
  • GitHub API for Java – – This library defines an object oriented representation of the GitHub API. The library doesn't yet cover the entirety of the GitHub API, but it's implemented with the right abstractions and libraries to make it very easy to improve the coverage.
  • InfoQ: Unit and Integration Testing for GWT Applications – GWT has turned out to be a UI technology, which, with a few tools, enables us to perform highly advanced tests thus further increasing the productivity of this technology.
  • Speeding up GWT | Javalobby – I’ve recently come across a few great resources on how to speed up client-side GWT
  • Surfin’ Safari – Blog Archive » How WebKit Loads a Web Page – Before WebKit can render a web page, it needs to load the page and all of its subresources from the network. There are many layers involved in loading resources from the web
  • Agility and Architecture: Can They Coexist? – Agile development has significantly impacted industrial software development practices. However, despite its wide popularity, there's an increasing perplexity about software architecture's role and importance in agile approaches
  • HTML5 presentation – The purpose of the presentation is to show the coming bleeding edge features for modern desktop and mobile browsers.

Daily del.icio.us for March 4th through March 9th

Daily del.icio.us for October 17th through October 20th

  • 500 Internal Server Error – 500 Internal Server Error
  • REVIEW: Ext JS 3.0 Eases Web App Development – Ext JS is a cross-browser JavaScript library for building rich Internet applications, Version 3.0 of Ext JS makes it very easy to create GUIs that run in the browser using JavaScript
  • Microsoft CEO Ballmer Announces SharePoint Server 2010, Office 2010 Beta – Teper also hinted that more business intelligence will be integrated into SharePoint Server 2010, courtesy of Microsoft’s acquisition of business-intelligence software maker ProClarity in April 2006
  • Droid, the phone that finally lets me cancel my iPhone — here’s why | VentureBeat – A new phone called Droid is about to hit the market at the end of October, and it will likely have the glitz and power to bury the iPhone
  • Java VisualVM – Developer`s Nightmare is Over – VisualVM is an open source tool for monitoring and profiling your Java applications. VisualVM is now integrated with JDK 6 update 7 release and also available as a stand-alone setup. Java 7 plans to integrate next version 1.2.
  • InfoQ: Solving SOA Problems by Merging It with WOA – Web-Oriented Architecture (WOA)… [is] a parallel "track" for SOA that's evolved organically in the wilds of the online world to meet many of the same challenges that we have in our organizations today.
  • InfoQ: Software Testing With Spring Framework – This article provides an overview of the support provided by Spring framework in the areas of unit and integration testing. I will use a sample loan processing web application to help the readers in implementing an Agile Testing framework in a typical Java EE application and how to use Spring test classes to test the application functionality.
  • InfoQ: Practices from “SOA Principles of Service Design” by Thomas Erl – “SOA Principles of Service Design” by Thomas Erl is an encyclopedia of service design principles needed to build SOA solutions. This article contains three supporting practices taken from the book: Service Profiles, Vocabularies, and Organizational Roles
  • Wolfram|Alpha Webservice API – The Wolfram|Alpha API gives you access to the Wolfram|Alpha platform at all levels—from individual results to complete Wolfram|Alpha output pages. The API operates as a high-performance REST-style webservice, with convenient bindings for all popular languages and platforms.
  • Video on the Web – Dive Into HTML5 – You may think of video files as “AVI files” or “MP4 files.” In reality, “AVI” and “MP4″ are just container formats. Just like a ZIP file can contain any sort of file within it, video container formats only define HOW to store things within them, not WHAT kinds of data are stored

Daily del.icio.us for August 30th through September 9th

  • Implementing composite keys with JPA and Hibernate – Occasionally, you come across a situation where a composite key is required, and you need a strategy for this. This tip shows you how to implement composite keys with JPA and Hibernate.
  • A Simple Java class for Amazon SimpleSQS – With such a beautiful service such as the Amazon Simple Queue Service, it shouldn't be wrapped up with a lot of complicated layers of classes for utilizing. That is why I developed the simple POJO, single class method for utilising Amazon SQS from within Java
  • Welcome to Solr – Solr is an open source enterprise search server based on the Lucene Java search library, with XML/HTTP and JSON APIs, hit highlighting, faceted search, caching, replication, a web administration interface and many more features
  • Scrummerfall « Tales from a Trading Desk – Scrummerfall. n. The practice of combining Scrum and Waterfall so as to ensure failure at a much faster rate than you had with Waterfall alone
  • Generate PDFs with XStream and XSL-FO – In this article, you saw how easily you can create a PDF document from Java business objects using XStream and XSL-FO. The separation of concerns allows you to isolate the view from the business objects, thus you can change the view (PDF document) without having to modify the Java code
  • log4jdbc – JDBC proxy driver for logging SQL and other interesting information – log4jdbc is a Java JDBC driver that can log SQL and/or JDBC calls (and optionally SQL timing information) for other JDBC drivers using the Simple Logging Facade For Java (SLF4J) logging system.
  • beet – Beet records user behavior and performance data for your Spring-based Java application. It can thus help you to analyze usage patterns and research production performance issues.
  • Prototype JavaScript framework: Prototype 1.6.1 released – We’re pleased to announce the release of Prototype 1.6.1 today. This version features improved performance, an element metadata storage system, new mouse events, and compatibility with the latest browsers. It’s also the first release of Prototype built with Sprockets, our JavaScript packaging tool, and PDoc, our inline documentation tool.
  • InfoQ: Hypertable – An Open Source, High Performance, Scalable Database – This presentation discusses Hypertable, an open source, high performance, distributed database modeled after Google's Bigtable. Doug discusses the differences between Hypertable and traditional database technology, support for massive sparse tables, scaling to petabytes size, and how Hypertable is designed to run on top of an existing distributed file system, such as the Hadoop DFS.
  • Clojure vs Scala, Part 2 | Code Monkeyism – There are two languages stirring up the Java World: Clojure and Scala. Clojure a Lisp dialect on the JVM, powerful and pure and the Scala language a tight integration of object and functional programming. Which should you learn?

Daily del.icio.us for January 26th

Daily del.icio.us for January 19th through January 20th