PhoneGap Explained in 5 Minutes – PhoneGap allows you to create cross-platform mobile apps using web technologies. It is not a tool for converting websites into apps. While it is easier for web developers to build mobile apps with PhoneGap than to develop them using native tools, it is not turnkey or simple
How exercise boosts brain health – Research has shown that exercise is good for the brain. Now investigators have identified a molecule called irisin that is produced in the brain during endurance exercise and has neuroprotective effects.
Firefox, Chrome strengthen in-browser debugging – JavaWorld – Google has been paying attention to Web developers as well, updating its Chrome Developer Tools (DevTools), a set of Web authoring and debugging tools built into the Google Chrome browser. Perhaps the most notable update is the introduction of Workspaces, a built-in source code editor that could eliminate the small but still frequent process of flipping between an external code editor and a browser to check a newly edited Web page
Holacracy | Social Technology for Purposeful Organization – The Holacracy governance process is not governance “of the people, by the people, and for the people” – it is governance of the organization, through the people, for the purpose. It liberates an organization to find and express its deepest creative capaci
The management framework that propelled LinkedIn to a $20 billion company – Weiner believes getting your “boat” to the best possible destination requires a clearly-articulated vision and mission. These statements ultimately inform and invigorate a company’s strategy and objectives. Perhaps most importantly, leaders need to talk the talk and walk the walk on their professed values to keep the entire company unified and moving in the right direction.
ORMs vs SQL: The JPA Story – previously wrote about ORMs vs SQL and received a lot of reaction to it–most of it positive. Some of it was predictable ("you don't know what you're talking about (because you don't agree with me)") but one reaction from a couple of people surprised me: they took my post to mean that I was against persistence abstractions. I will now expand on those points with a specific example: the Java Persistence API ("JPA").
Surveillance and Security Lessons From the Petraeus Scandal – More broadly, this scandal centers around email, and it’s a reminder that the legal protections for email fall far short of what they should be. We need to modernize our privacy laws—for example by passing the proposal that is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee—and we need protections that cover metadata of the kind that was apparently so central in this scandal.
Coding Horror: A SSD in Your Pocket – Now I feel like a total dork for continuing to carry around a 2010 era flash drive that I thought had decent performance at 20 MB/sec. Forget that noise. Now we can darn near carry pocket solid state hard drives on our keychains! Nobody told me, man!
Web Views & RubyMotion – Marcgg#Blog – Here we go, another article on RubyMotion! For those of you that don’t know what’s that’s all about, it’s a toolchain created by Laurent Sansonetti (of MacRuby fame) allowing you to create native iOS application using Ruby.
The Most Patriotic Thing You Can Do « blog maverick – So be Patriotic. Go out there and get rich. Get so obnoxiously rich that when that tax bill comes , your first thought will be to choke on how big a check you have to write. Your 2nd thought will be “what a great problem to have”, and your 3rd should be a recognition that in paying your taxes you are helping to support millions of Americans that are not as fortunate as you.
Netflix investors overreact to new forecast: The streaming numbers are what matters – SplatF – Here’s the thing, though. The future of Netflix is in its streaming business — not its business of mailing DVDs to people via the U.S. Postal Service. And Netflix only trimmed its forecast for streaming customers by 0.2 million, or 1%. The biggest cut, meanwhile, is 0.8 million DVD-only subscribers, or 27% of that customer base. But that’s Netflix’s old business, not its new one.
Thinking about the Social Enterprise – confused of calcutta – As customers begin to reorganise businesses around themselves, there will be many problems to solve, problems of federation and interoperability and portability. Problems that have been obfuscated in the past by incumbents with vested interests. Problems that will be solved by the Social Enterprise.
Design by Contract in Java with Google – Design by Contract is a powerful approach for building simple and robust software. Contracts for Java isn't the first attempt to bring this approach to Java, but it's a simple and powerful implementation that might become a standard tool for ensuring Java software validity.
Google mobile search gets redesigned results for stocks – When you search for your favorite stock ticker symbol on your smartphone, you'll be presented with a result page that can be seen to the left in the image above. It displays an interactive graph on a 'card', and you can switch the amount of time that the graph covers by simply tapping on the buttons below it.
JDK 7: The New Objects Class – The java.util.Objects class is new to JDK 7 and its Javadoc states that the class is "since 1.7" and describes the class as: "This class consists of static utility methods for operating on objects. These utilities include null-safe or null-tolerant methods for computing the hash code of an object, returning a string for an object, and comparing two objects."
The Freight Train That Is Android « abovethecrowd.com – This is the part that amazes me the most. I don’t know if a large organized industry has ever faced this fierce a form of competition – someone who is not trying to “win” in the classic sense. They want market share, but they don’t need economics
kundera – JPA 1.0 Annotation based ORM library for the Cassandra database – The idea behind Kundera is to make working with Cassandra drop-dead simple and fun. Kundera does not reinvent the wheel by making another client library; rather it leverages the existing libraries and builds – on top of them – a wrap-around API to help developers do away with unnecessary boiler plate codes, and program a neater-and-cleaner code that reduces code-complexity and improves quality. And above all, improves productivity.
Democratizing the ESB Market — Application Development Trends – "Camel takes the concept and provides a vocabulary for application integration developers," Walsh told me, "so that they can take what are fairly complex implementations of integration and have a common language and set of templates that allow them to be more productive as they use tools and build out their integration solutions and projects. We've incorporated that into the Talend Integration Factory."
Software Rants & Other Miscellany: Foursquare, Facebook, Founders, and Passion – The most common way that people talk about the Passion Gap is when they advise you to “start a company that scratches your own itch”. I posit that the underlying logic in that advice is that the best startup you can create is one where you will be constantly engaged in thinking about improving the product, maximizing the user experience, and planning for the future -where you have real passion for making it work.