A New Java Library for Amazing Productivity | Javalobby – Personally, I think this library is a godsend, and I think there’ll be a LOT of teams picking it up over the next five years, just like the popularity of Spring has swept the globe due to all the efficiencies it bestows on developers. The library, by the w
The Making of Fastbook: An HTML5 Love Story – This four-minute video gives you a quick overview of Sencha Fastbook, and shows you a side-by-side comparison of how well our HTML5 app performs against both the native iOS and the native Android Facebook apps (versions 5.2 and 1.9.12 respectively, the latest available when we made this video on December 10th).
Promoting iOS Apps with Smart App Banners – Safari has a new Smart App Banner feature in iOS 6 and later that provides a standardized method of promoting apps on the App Store from a website. <meta name="apple-itunes-app" content="app-id=myAppStoreID>
Building Twitter Bootstrap · An A List Apart Article – Thanks to the foresight and focus of a small group of designers and developers, we were able to evolve our development process, build an extensive front-end toolkit, and help thousands of others bootstrap the projects they love
Infotron Spreadsheet Analyzer – Breviz, the Spreadsheet Visualization Tool reveals the hidden logic of a spreadsheet, to help you spot errors and make your spreadsheets less risky and more efficient.
Apple iTunes becomes much more than a "break-even" business. – iTunes now is a blend of many business models. Some, like music, use a wholesale revenue recognition method and have very low to zero margins, others, like eBooks and Apps, are sold using an “agency” revenue model with potentially higher margins and some, like Software, are recognized at full value with very high margins.
Coding Horror: Welcome to the Post PC Era – At the point where these simple, fixed function Post-PC era computing devices are not just "enough" computer for most folks, but also fundamentally innovating in computing as a whole … well, all I can say is bring on the post-PC era.
Obama and Palin, a Tale of Two Speeches – NYTimes.com – I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. I want America to be as good as she imagined it. All of us — we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations.
InfoQ: Groovy Update: To Infinity and Beyond! – Guillaume Laforge reviews the main features brought by Groovy 1.6 – better performance, multiple assignments, optional return, AST transformations, Grape, OSGi -, what’s most interesting and new in Groovy 1.7 – anonymous classes, annotations, power asserts, AST viewer and builder -, and what’s coming in Groovy 1.8: closures, modularization, Java 7 support, DSL, AST templates, better performance
Overview – Google URL Shortener API – Google Code – You can use the Google URL Shortener API to programmatically interact with this service and to develop applications that use simple HTTP methods to store, share, and manage goo.gl short URLs from anywhere on the Internet.
Check Your JMeter – Now Version 2.4 | Javalobby – Today the Apache Jakarta subproject JMeter is releasing the next version of its pure Java desktop app, JMeter, which is designed to load test functional behavior and gauge performance. Features of the newly released JMeter 2.4 include JUnit 4 annotation support, JSR-223 test elements, and HTTPS session recording.
Scala 2.8.0 final | The Scala Programming Language – It is finally here!! After many, many months of hard work, the Scala team is truly happy to announce the new, much-awaited stable release of Scala! The all-new Scala 2.8.0 final distribution is ready
Scripting News: Apple’s brewing shitstorm – Apple is a company that desperately needs to grow up and wipe the smile off its face, and roll its sleeves up and start to appreciate that they're no longer the upstart, the underdog
Sencha Docs gives JavaDoc a Facelift – Sencha – Blog – Sencha Docs offers a fresh take on API documentation for Java. Rather than modifying or restyling JavaDoc, we decided to start from scratch and build a new user interface experience using the JavaDoc parser and Ext GWT. Since Ext GWT is designed to build rich internet applications, it was a great framework with which to build a modern user experience.
Why I Sold Zappos – Tony Hsieh built his online shoe retailer into an e-commerce powerhouse. But with credit tightening and investors eyeing the exits, Hsieh was forced to ask: Was selling Zappos really the only way to save it?
A HTML5 Primer for the Overwhelmed — Ext JS Blog – Although there are many excellent resources out there describing details of HTML5, including the core specification itself, they are generally technical and many of them are out of synch with the current state of the specs. So, we thought a short primer on HTML5 might be in order.
The reason Robbie Bach was fired | Asymco – If HP felt they needed to go somewhere else for their mobile OS, it’s a slap in the face, but if they buy the asset and IP and internalize a competing platform, then that is a dagger to the heart for Ballmer.
InfoQ: Facebook: Moving Fast at Scale – Robert Johnson discusses Facebook’s approach to scalability issues resulting from a large growth of the user base. He talks about: why one needs to prepare for horizontal and not vertical scalability, very short release cycles which are better because they introduce fewer bugs, the need to streamline to deploying process for short release cycles, and making the entire process faster every day
Google’s Economic Impact | 2009 – Google's not just a search engine. We've also helped hundreds of businesses in every U.S. state to grow. Across the U.S., Google's search and advertising tools generated $54 billion of economic activity in 2009.
Java Code Geeks: Getting Started with YouTube Java API – In this tutorial I am taking a look at Google's YouTube API which allows you to empower your application with YouTube's features. YouTube is one of the “killer” Internet applications and its traffic comprises of a huge portion of the total internet traffic.
Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Released for Amazon EC2 – This is also the first Ubuntu release on EC2 that includes officially supported EBS boot AMIs, taking yet another task off my plate and providing a trusted source for this useful image type.
InfoQ: Citrix Offers a Bare-Metal Desktop/Laptop Hypervisor – Citrix XenClient is a bare-metal hypervisor running on desktop PCs using the Intel vPro technology which allows it to create virtual machines taking advantage of 3D and HD graphic capabilities of the graphic card installed on the machine
GWT UiBinder : Better Web App Seperation of Concerns – One of the newest features introduced in Google Web Toolkit 2.0 is the “UiBinder“. This new way of building views allows the developer to use a declarative approach when doing the layout of a GWT application.
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.
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
Data Binding in Java – In this interview with Artima, Shannon Hickey, spec lead for the Beans Binding API, JSR 295, discusses the challenges of Java data binding, and how the JSR 295 API simplifies that task.
Jungle Disk Plus – Jungle Disk 1.50 includes support for the new, optional, Jungle Disk Plus service. Jungle Disk Plus adds several highly requested features to the basic Amazon S3 service, including web access to your files, upload resume, and block-level file updates.
XML Spreadsheet Reference – This reference describes the elements and attributes that make up the XML Spreadsheet (XMLSS) schema when the data in Excel 2002 spreadsheets and Microsoft Office XP Spreadsheet Components is exported to the Extensible Markup Language (XML) format.