America’s Real Criminal Element: Lead – Cleaning up the rest of the lead that remains in our environment could turn out to be the cheapest, most effective crime prevention tool we have. And we could start doing it tomorrow.
Seven Deadly Sins of Modern Objective-C – We're all guilty of some Objective-C sins, I'm sure, but the important thing is to improve. We're at the dawn of a new year. Why not take this opportunity to reflect on why you've been so sinful and find ways to code more virtuously in the new year?
Introducing Spring Scala – The goal of the Spring Scala project is simply to make it easier to use the Spring framework in Scala. We believe that there are many Spring users out there who want to try Scala out, but do not want to leave their experience with Spring behind. This project is meant for those people.
twig-persist – Object Datastore for Google App Engine – Twig is an object persistence interface built on Google App Engine's low-level datastore which overcomes many of JDO-GAEs limitations including improved support for inheritance, polymorphism and generic types. You can easily configure, modify or extend Twigs behaviour by implementing your own strategies or overriding extension points in pure Java code.
Java.next() -> Scala or Groovy? – Generally the understanding is that scala has the ability to disrupt the status quo rather than incrementally improving it like Groovy. Scala has done and doing good job of reducing the cost of abstraction transliterate Java into Scala and end up with bytecode that is almost exactly the same. Scala has some original good ideas and well thought out type system.
Antivirus Makers Work on Software to Catch Malware More Effectively – NYTimes.com – Consumers and businesses spend billions of dollars every year on antivirus software. But these programs rarely, if ever, block freshly minted computer viruses, experts say, because the virus creators move too quickly. That is prompting start-ups and other companies to get creative about new approaches to computer security.
HtmlUnit vs JSoup: html parsing in Java – In this blog I will compare JSoup with other similar framework, HtmlUnit. Apparently both of them are good Html parsing frameworks and both can be used for web application unit testing and web scraping. In this blog, I will explain how HtmlUnit is better suited for web application unit testing automation and JSoup is better suited for Web Scraping.
Progress of Happiness – The first is that sucking at something is the first step of getting better at it. And that trying really hard isn’t supposed to be easy. In fact, getting better at anything isn’t supposed to be easy. You are bound to get fail, get hurt, fail again before you succeed.
Safeguard Your Phone from Malware – WSJ.com – According to a report by research group Juniper Networks, JNPR -2.07% hackers are increasingly targeting smartphones and other mobile devices with malicious software (also known as malware) to gain access to personal information. The threat is still small in comparison to computers, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take precautions to protect your smartphone.
Introducing WireMock – an HTTP service stubbing library – WireMock is a tool that allows HTTP exchanges to be stubbed and verified. It does this by creating an actual HTTP endpoint, rather than by stubbing or mocking the HTTP client class. It can be used directly from within JUnit (or your weapon of choice), run as a standalone process or deployed into a container with the aim of covering off a wide range of testing scenarios.
Solving the Two Week Problem by Developing in the Cloud | OpenShift by Red Hat – We didn’t create a cloud-based IDE because it was novel. We did it because the consistency of the development experience is orders of magnitude better than current options. It’s only getting better from here. With our enterprise-class foundation in OpenShift, the Cloud9 platform is setting the stage for the future of development. Start your next application today at c9.io.
6 things I do to be consistently happy – One of the most important things I’ve learned during this time is that I perform the best when I’m happy. It really does change everything. If I’m happy then I’m more productive when hacking code, I’m better at answering support, and I find it easier to stay focused.
InfoQ: Running Heroku on Heroku – Noah Zoschke discusses self-hosting, bootstrapping, cross-compiling, avoiding circular dependencies, distributed process management, all in the context of running Heroku support apps on Heroku.
HTTPie: cURL for humans – HTTPie is a CLI HTTP utility built out of frustration with existing tools. The goal is to make CLI interaction with HTTP-based services as human-friendly as possible. HTTPie does so by providing an http command that allows for issuing arbitrary HTTP requests using a simple and natural syntax and displaying colorized responses:
Field Guide to Web Applications from Google – This field guide is designed to help you create great user experiences in your web apps. Whether you’re building your first web app, or are just looking for ways to improve existing experiences, there’s something here for you!
Introducing Spring Hadoop | SpringSource Team Blog – VMware have announced the availability of Spring Hadoop, which integrates the Spring Framework and the Apache Hadoop platform. The project provides a convenient mechanism for the configuration, creation, and execution of the various services and utilities such as MapReduce, Hive, Pig, and Cascading jobs via the Spring container
Spring Thread Pool Services – Java Code Geeks – Thread Pools are very important to execute synchronous & asynchronous processes. This article shows how to develop and monitor Thread Pool Services by using Spring. Creating Thread Pool has been explained via two alternative methods.
Working With Data in Sencha Designer | Learn | Sencha – This screencast provides an overview of the data layer in Sencha frameworks and demonstrates how you can use Designer to use the data capabilities. We explore the basics of creating stores, defining record structure using models, using proxies and readers to load data, sorting and grouping data, previewing loaded data, and attaching stores to views.
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.
InfoQ: ActionScript 3 Site Framework – Fosfr – There are many different approaches to develop RIA based web sites. Flash sites are particular appealing to businesses or individuals involving in rich media contents. Fosfr is an ActionScript 3 site framework that is developed to build full Flash site. InfoQ interviewed Fosfr creator, Jeff DePascale, to learn more about the insights
InfoQ: REST is a style — WOA is the architecture. – Dion Hinchcliffe recently offered two related articles that explore relationships between Web Oriented Architecture (WOA) and other technologies. The first deals with WOA and REST; the second looks at WOA and SOA. The main point of the first article: REST is a style and WOA is the architecture. The second article argues that WOA is really a highly complimentary sub-style of SOA and explores the implications of this simple observation.
JavaFX squares off against AJAX | Developer World – InfoWorld – In a mock debate focused on the rich Internet application development realm, AJAX was pitted against Sun Microsystems' JavaFX Friday, with proponents for both technologies pointing up their entrant's high points and the low points of their rival.
Google Translator Toolkit – Google Translator Toolkit is a new service that lets you translate documents by editing the translations automatically generated by Google. "Google Translator Toolkit allows human translators to work faster and more accurately, aided by technologies like Google Translate."
The Joy of Less – Happy Days Blog – NYTimes.com – If you’re the kind of person who prefers freedom to security, who feels more comfortable in a small room than a large one and who finds that happiness comes from matching your wants to your needs, then running to stand still isn’t where your joy lies.
Gizmodo – iPhone 3GS Complete Feature Guide – apple iphone 3gs – The iPhone 3GS has a new processor built-in. Apple claims that it is up to two times faster than the previous generation: Launching messages is 2.1 faster, load the NY Times in Safari: 2.9 times faster. It also consumes less, which has an impact on the improved battery life.
AppleInsider | iPhone 3G’s final build price: just $174.33 – With roughly $50 in licenses for patents and other intellectual property factored into the price and an assumed unsubsidized cost of $499 for an 8GB model of the celllphone, Apple is thought to be getting as much as $300 in subsidies from AT&T for each cu
InfoQ: An Introduction to Lean Thinking – Lean software development, which we hear a lot about these days, may be still a bit of a mystery for people who come to Agile via Scrum or XP. Earlier this year, at an Open Party, Ning Lu of ThoughtWorks China offered an introduction
Continuous Integration: Was Fowler Wrong? – While rereading Martin Fowler's paper, Continuous Integration, it struck me that its approach to Continuous Integration (CI) is fundamentally flawed. Fowler, like most of the CI community, seems to argue that CI is about building rather than testing
WordPress › Blog » WordPress 2.6 – I’m happy to announce that version 2.6 of WordPress.org is now available, almost a month ahead schedule. Version 2.6 “Tyner,” named for jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, contains a number of new features that make WordPress a more powerful CMS
Flex 4 (Gumbo) Available for Download – InsideRIA – The Flex 4 SDK, code named Gumbo, is up for download now. This is an exciting time for Flex, it's now 2 full versions beyond Flex 2 which was really the first version of Flex that gained mainstream adoption