Links for January 20th through January 24th

Daily del.icio.us for December 12th through January 5th

  • Generate a self-signed SSL Certificate with OpenSSL | *.hosting – Occasionally it may be necessary to generate a self-signed SSL certificate. This could be for internal websites, or for other internal uses that may require secure encrypted network transmissions. We decided to post this guide for everyone to use, since using the guide as a reference may hopefully be useful to those of you out there
  • Google Collections Library: 1.0-final! – Google Collections Library – The Google Collections Library 1.0 is a set of new collection types, implementations and related goodness for Java 5 and higher, brought to you by Google. It is a natural extension of the Java Collections Framework.
  • InfoQ: Re-thinking Lean Service – Taiichi Ohno discovered some counter-intuitive truths as he developed the Toyota System. Similar counter-intuitive truths wait to be discovered by leaders of service organisations. When they are understood and applied, service organisations' performance is transformed to levels that, to the current mind-set, would be considered unachievable.
  • InfoQ: SpringSource’s Ben Alex talks about Spring Roo, Spring Shell and Spring Security 3.0 – Dr Ben Alex, The Project Lead of the Spring Roo code generator project, discusses using Roo on an existing project, building custom templates and add-ons for Roo, and how its capabilities compare to other productivity tools such as Grails.
  • sesawe.net – English – Sesawe is a global alliance dedicated to bringing the benefits of uncensored access to information to Internet users around the world
  • iPhone App Developers | PointAbout – PointAbout allows you to quickly mobilize the content you’re already publishing, like RSS & XML feeds, APIs and HTML content. Our AppMakr.com service builds native mobile applications in minutes instead of months, across multiple phone platforms without any ramp-up time and no need for proprietary programming expertise.
  • jLinq – LINQ for JSON – jLinq is a fully extensible Javascript library that allows you to perform LINQ style queries on arrays of object.
  • Querying JPA Entities with JPQL and Native SQL – Learn how to take advantage of the Java Persistence query language and native SQL when querying over JPA entities.
  • Spring Module OXM – A new feature of Spring Framework 3.0 | united-coders.com – I think the Spring OXM module is absolutely usable. It is a nice way to keep the code independent from the underlying marshalling technology. And there are a lot more ways to use Spring OXM. At this time the Castor project, Apache XMLBeans, JiBX, XStream and JAXB is supported
  • JD | Java Decompiler – The “Java Decompiler project” aims to develop tools in order to decompile and analyze Java 5 “byte code” and the later versions.
  • As the Nation’s Pulse Races, Obama Can’t Seem to Find His – If we can’t catch a Nigerian with a powerful explosive powder in his oddly feminine-looking underpants and a syringe full of acid, a man whose own father had alerted the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, a traveler whose ticket was paid for in cash and who didn’t check bags, whose visa renewal had been denied by the British, who had studied Arabic in Al Qaeda sanctuary Yemen, whose name was on a counterterrorism watch list, who can we catch?
  • Grails – 1.2 Release Notes – SpringSource are pleased to announce the 1.2 release of the Grails web application development framework. Grails is a dynamic web application framework built on Java and Groovy, leveraging best of breed APIs from the Java EE sphere including Spring, Hibernate and SiteMesh
  • A Unix Utility You Should Know About: lsof – good coders code, great reuse – If netcat was called the Swiss Army Knife of Network Connections, then I’d call lsof the Swiss Army Knife of Unix debugging.
  • 100+ Open Source/Free Security Tools | TuVinhSoft .,JSC – Below are some open source/free tools that can help you with security testing as well as tools that will keep your system secure. Please use these tools ONLY for good.
  • YouTube – Google Web Toolkit 2.0 New Features – This video provides an overview of new features in Google Web Toolkit (GWT) 2.0, a tool which enables developers to produce highly optimized, browser-specific JavaScript for their apps
  • Ext JS 3.1: Massive memory improvements, TreeGrid, and more – On behalf of the Ext Team, I am extremely excited to announce the final release of Ext JS 3.1. With this release we rededicate ourselves to making Ext JS the best it can be, in both features and performanc
  • InfoQ: Amazon RDS: MySQL Database as a Cloud Service – Amazon recently added a new MySQL database offering to their Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform named Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), which works just like a traditional MySQL installation
  • InfoQ: Whats New in Spring 3.0 – Arjen Poutsma reviews Spring Framework 2.5 and takes a look at Spring 3.0 – Java 5+, Spring Expression Language, REST support, Portlet 2.0, declarative model validation, early support for Java EE 6 – and the roadmap ahead.
  • Spring Framework 3.0 goes GA | SpringSource Team Blog – After a long ride, it is my pleasure to announce that Spring 3.0 GA (.RELEASE) is finally available (download page)! All of SpringSource is celebrating – join the party
  • Pivotal Tracker – Free Lightweight Agile Project Management – Tracker is a free, award winning, agile project management tool that enables real time collaboration around a shared, prioritized backlog.
  • Agile software development, the principles. Principle 11 – The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
  • Using Linux – Linux Administration Basics – Linode Library – This document presents a collection of common issues and useful tips for Linux system administration. Whether you're new to system administration or have been maintaining systems for some time, we hope these tips are helpful regardless of your background or choice in Linux distributions
  • JAX-WS 2.2/Metro 2.0/Java EE6/GlassFish V3 Released | Java.net – We are pleased to announce the release of JAX-WS 2.2 and JAX-WS 2.2 RI. RI is also included in Metro 2.0. As Metro 2.0 is bundled in GlassFish v3, you don't require any separate installation step. On the servlet containers like Tomcat, you follow the installation instructions in the bundle.
  • Metro 2.0 released | Java.net – Metro 2.0 has been released. Here is an overview of the new features

Daily del.icio.us for October 21st through October 30th

Daily del.icio.us for July 6th

  • jQuery Visualize Plugin: Accessible Charts & Graphs from Table Elements using HTML 5 Canvas | Filament Group, Inc., Boston, MA – A while back, we wrote an article describing a technique we came up with to use JavaScript to scrape data from an HTML table and generate charts using the HTML 5 Canvas element. The technique is particularly useful because the data for the visualization already exists in the page in structured tabular format, making it accessible to people who browse the web with a screen reader or other assistive technology.
  • InfoQ: Merapi Project Utilizes Java to Expand the Desktop Capabilities of Adobe Air – Merapi is a technology that can be used as a messaging bridge between applications that run in the Adobe Flash player or Adobe AIR and applications written in Java
  • InfoQ: Introduction to Data Services – Data services are software services that encapsulate operations on key data entities of relevance to the enterprise
  • InfoQ: Born To Cycle – Agile development is not about doing a set of practices, it's about a way of "being," it's about learning. How is this learning accomplished? By taking brief pauses after small experiments, even large problems can be solved. In a recent Harvard Business Review interview of Toyota's president, he observed, "…when 70 years of very small improvements accumulate, they become a revolution."
  • InfoQ: Measuring Agility, Craftsmanship, and Success – David Starr has looked at how and why an organization might want to measure things like: agility, craftsmanship, and organizational success. He found craftsmanship relatively easy to measure, while agility was the most difficult to measure in a useful way.
  • InfoQ: Introduction to Virtual Service Oriented Grids – Virtual service-oriented grids have the capacity to fundamentally change the way business is conducted in much the same way that the Internet did by reinserting a middleman in the form of software, rather than human. The key to this paradigm shift lies in services, the abstraction of interoperability and reuse.
  • SOA and TOGAF: A Good Fit? – Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a style of architecture and The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is an architecture framework. The combination sounds promising, but do they play well together
  • Cay Horstmann’s Blog: Upgrading to Eclipse Galileo – I just installed Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo)—it seemed a more attractive thing to do than actually getting my work done. Fortunately, I only need three Eclipse plugins right now. Here is how they fared with Galileo
  • Clojure: Challenge your Java assumptions – JavaWorld – Clojure is a dynamic functional language for the JVM, recently released in version 1.0. Clojure offers a new set of programming techniques for robust code and rapid development. In particular, it has new solutions for multicore computing. Whether you make the shift to Clojure or stick to Java, learning about this new language will challenge your assumptions about the best way to design software.
  • Why Microsoft is Losing Browser Share | Zoho Blogs – Why is Microsoft losing share? I would submit that it ultimately had to do with their fateful decision to tightly weld together the browser and the operating system. That must be the most bone-headed business decision in Microsoft's history

Daily del.icio.us for April 29th through May 1st

Daily del.icio.us for February 23rd through February 25th

  • The Rise and Fall of Dynamic Languages | Ruby Zone – In this interview, Ruby programmer and consultant Rick DeNatale provides his perspective on the fall and rise of dynamic languages, including Smalltalk and Ruby. Rick#039;s work through the years has given him a unique and low-level perspective of what works and why.
  • DRY CRUD DAOs with iBatis – Gregg Bolinger – I blogged before about writing DRY CRUD DAOs using JPA. I was able to improve on that thanks to many comments from other users. So thanks for the tips. On a recent project we decided to go with iBatis and I wanted to see if it was possible to use the same methods that I use for JPA based DAOs.
  • 12 CSS Tools and Tutorials for Beautiful Web Typography | Web Design Ledger – Achieving beautiful typography with CSS on the web is no easy feat, and there are many limitations to what can done with type on the web. However, there are generous people out there that have taken the time to build tools and write tutorials to help you overcome these limitations and create websites with beautiful typography.
  • Strategies – The Index Funds Win Again – NYTimes.com – THERE’S yet more evidence that it makes sense to invest in simple, plain-vanilla index funds, whose low fees often lead to better net returns than hedge funds and actively managed mutual funds with more impressive performance numbers.
  • Red Hat debuts virtualization software – Red Hat Inc. today introduced an entire line of virtualization software aimed at disrupting current market leader VMware Inc.#039;s position by giving customers an open-source option for virtualizing their data centers.
  • State of the Art – Amazon.com’s Kindle Goes From Good to Better – NYTimes.com – With those caveats, the new Kindle edges even closer to the ideal of an e-book reader. The reading experience is immersive, natural and pleasant; the book catalog, while not yet complete, is growing and delivered instantaneously; and apart from the clicky keyboard (an unnecessary appendage 99.9 percent of the time), the design feels right.
  • Citrix to offer free XenServer; Takes shot at VMware | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com – Citrix on Feb. 23 will detail plans to offer free licenses to its XenServer virtualization application and team with Microsoft to swap support. Citrix and Microsoft will also extend their 20-year partnership into the virtualization market.

    In a nutshell, Citrix will work with Microsoft to provide system management, Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V. Microsoft’s System Center will support XenServer.

  • It’s official: Citrix aims to blow up enterprise virtualization pricing | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com – Citrix officially launched a free version of its XenServer and Essentials virtualization software in a move that is designed to take aim at VMware. Separately, Citrix extended its long-running partnership with Microsoft to cover virtualization.
  • 9 Must-Try Adobe AIR Apps for Better Productivity – With this new age of “application neutrality,” I wanted to take a brief look into some Adobe AIR apps you have to at least try. Each one is focused on increasing an area of productivity.
  • Application Development Trends – Sun Expands GlassFish into Web Platform – Sun Microsystems last week announced a new bundle of open source projects assembled around the GlassFish application server to create a quot;high-performance Web platform.quot;
  • Wikis and Wall Street: A Perfect Match? – By focusing on improving productivity and supporting mission-critical apps (but not touching customer and transaction data), wikis can be used to deliver major ROI without requiring integration with legacy systems or storing customer data outside the firewall.

Daily del.icio.us for January 28th through February 3rd

  • What Sun Should Do « Ian Skerrett – Sun’s problem is not that they don’t have good products, it is they have too many products for them to sustain. As Tim mentioned they need to focus on their strengths and that would Glassfish and MySql.
  • Terrence Barr’s Blog: Thoughts on "What Sun Should Do" – quot;Every complex problem can be boiled down to a solution that#039;s simple, attractive, and easy to understand – and wrong.quot; It#039;s a tendency we fall into easily – and what I have been missing in the discussion so far is the focus on client-side technologies and products and the role they play in technology-based business models.
  • InfoQ: Sun’s Future and Cloud Computing – Sun#039;s recent layoffs (which are said to be affecting people working on OpenJDK, the JCP, J2SE, and desktop Java), and also Sun#039;s recent acquisition of cloud infrastructure vendor Q-Layer, keeps alive the question of how Sun will redefine its strategic direction and choose which of its many technology possibilities it will focus upon.
  • InfoQ: Struts 2.1 Released – The latest version of the Struts2 framework, version 2.1, has just been released. This release marks a significant upgrade, with changes being focused on refactoring more code into the plug-in framework, reducing XML configuration by adding a conventions plug-in, and improving REST support.
  • FRONTLINE: my father, my brother, and me | PBS – quot;Parkinson#039;s arrives without fanfare,quot; journalist Dave Iverson says at the start of this week#039;s FRONTLINE broadcast. quot;You#039;re jogging at the gym one day and you happen to notice that one arm isn#039;t swinging the same as the other. In time, other signs accumulate: a leg starts to tingle, a finger begins to tremble…quot;
  • New Symbol of Elite Access – E-Mail to the Chief – NYTimes.com – Mr. Obama joked about the exclusive nature of his e-mail list at the annual Alfalfa Club dinner in Washington on Saturday night. “How exclusive?” the president asked. “Everyone look at the person sitting on your left. Now look at the person sitting on your right. None of you have my e-mail address.”
  • InfoQ: Presentation: REST: A Pragmatic Introduction to the Web’s Architecture – In this presentation recorded during QCon London 2008, Stefan Tilkov introduces the audience to REST seen as an architectural style. He thinks that REST is not an alternative to SOA but it can serve SOA to reach its goals. Stefan also covers other related topics: HTTP, WS-*, SOAP, CORBA, RPC, enterprise, in an attempt to make the listeners understand what REST is and what is not and how it helps.
  • Eliminate Waste – The Toyota Way – Surya Suravarapu’s Blog – The first question in TPS always is what does the customer want from this process? (Both the internal customer at the next steps in the production line and the final, external customer).
  • Marek Blotny: C#, ASP.NET, Silverlight …: Are you Agile? – To answer question quot;Are you Agile?quot; you have to first define the minimum criteria for being Agile, here is a list of potential candidates: self-organizing teams, incremental development in short iterations, high responsiveness to changing requirements, continuous adjustments, everyday contact with stakeholders, pair programing, TDD, (automated) testing and so on
  • 24/7 Wall St.: SP Endorses Linux, Raising Red Hat (RHT) – But Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) was just raised by Standard amp; Poor#039;s ratings today. You might even wonder if Samp;P is almost endorsing Linux after all these years after you look through the notes
  • Developing and Deploying Java applications – Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud « HostedFTP.com – Developing and Deploying Java applications on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.
  • Headius: My Favorite Hotspot JVM Flags – Here#039;s a short list of my favorite JVM switches (note these are Hotspot/OpenJDK/SunJDK switches, and may or may not work on yours
  • Intel releases Linux-based Moblin 2 Alpha for Netbooks – Ars Technica – The first alpha release of Intel#039;s Linux-based Moblin 2 platform is now available for download. It#039;s designed to work on Atom-based netbook devices and it offers fast boot times and a unique Internet connection manager.

Daily del.icio.us for November 6th through November 9th

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