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.
Jesper’s Blog: My Take on Haskell vs Scala – I've used both Haskell and Scala for some time now. They are both excellent and beautifully designed functional programming languages and I thought it would be interesting to put together a little comparison of the two, and what parts I like and dislike in each one
Netflix open sources cloud-testing Chaos Monkey – Netflix has open sourced Chaos Monkey, a service designed to terminate cloud computing instances in a controlled manner so companies can ensure their applications keep running when a virtual server dies unexpectedly. In the past year, Chaos Monkey has terminated more than 65,000 of Netflix’s instances.
The Elegant Ruby Web Framework – Padrino Ruby Web Framework – Padrino is a ruby framework built upon the Sinatra web library. Sinatra is a DSL for creating simple web applications in Ruby. Padrino was created to make it fun and easy to code more advanced web applications while still adhering to the spirit that makes Sinatra great!
InfoQ: The Open Group Releases Standards for SOA Architects, Cloud Service Providers – The Open Group recently published three standards that aid organizations that are building infrastructure-as-a-service offerings and service oriented architectures. In addition to releasing the Service Oriented Architecture Reference Architecture (SOA RA) and Service Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure Framework (SOCCI), the Open Group also updated their Open Group Service Integration Maturity Model (OSIMM). In concert, these standards provide expert advice in the form of best practices, questionnaires, and templates for SOA and cloud-scale infrastructure architecture.
paperplanes. A Tour of Amazon’s DynamoDB – Sorted range keys, conditional updates, atomic counters, structured data and multi-valued data types, fetching and updating single attributes, strong consistency, and no explicit way to handle and resolve conflicts other than conditions. A lot of features DynamoDB has to offer remind me of everything that's great about wide column stores like Cassandra, but even more so of HBase
The Five Stages of Hosting (Pinboard Blog) – I thought it might be fun to write up five common options for hosting a web business, ranked in decreasing order of 'cloudiness'. People who aren't interested in this kind of minutia would be wise to pull the rip cord right here.
Why I choose CouchDB over MongoDB | Chris Allnutt – Use MongoDB only if you don’t care about the state of the data, but want to sling it out distributed as fast as possible. If you’re willing to wait an extra millisecond to ensure that that save and replication actually happens, and when it fails you just use the last valid version use CouchDB
How Digg is Built | Digg About – At Digg we have substantially rebuilt our infrastructure over the last year in what we call "Digg V4". This blog post gives a high-level view of the systems and technologies involved and how we use them. Read on to find out the secrets of the Digg engineers!
Hosting websites out of CouchDB :: myNoSQL – Together with Couchapps, support for virtual hosts and URL rewrites makes it easier to create and serve web applications directly from CouchDB with no additional middleware
Kindle From Another Planet – Despite being part of the microcomputer revolution from the beginning, the Kindle is the first piece of technology I've seen that feels alien to me. And I mean that in a good way
Flex on the iPad – Trading system – Here is a video showing a sample Flex application running on the iPad. This Mobile Trader application shows chart manipulation and drill-downs using touch events, real time market data updates
SpringFuse – Getting Started Tutorial – In this tutorial you are going to learn how to generate your first Java/Spring/Hibernate based project using Springfuse. All in all, you should not type more than 3 commands from your console to have your first project running.
InfoQ: Service Orientation Requires Data Orientation – In his follow-up post, Ash discuses practical approaches to data-orienting a service-oriented infrastructure. He outlines several prescriptive recommendations providing a holistic solution to a data integration problem for an enterprise:
InfoQ: Beginning an SOA Initiative – Ian Robinson on what organizational and social issues should be addressed when starting a new SOA project by identifying business capabilities using user stories, describing services and their contracts, and how to set up teams for delivery.
InfoQ: "SOA Governance" Revitalized – Miko Matsumura discusses why people are pursuing SOA, whether SOA is dead, what SOA Governance is, the relationship to SOA itself, how it differs from management, and how SOA differs from integration.
Seth’s Blog: "Notice me" – Attention is fine, as long as you have a goal that is reached in exchange for all this effort. Far better than being noticed………..
thread-weaver – Project Hosting on Google Code – Thread Weaver is a framework for writing multi-threaded unit tests in Java. It provides mechanisms for creating breakpoints within your code, and for halting execution of a thread when a breakpoint is reached. Other threads can then run while the first thread is blocked. This allows you to write repeatable tests for that can check for race conditions and thread safety
UNetbootin – Homepage and Downloads – UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions from Windows or Linux, without requiring you to burn a CD. You can either let it download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Linux .iso file if you've already downloaded one or your preferred distribution isn't on the list.
Hibernate Validator 4 unleashed – Hibernate Validator let's you declare constraints on your domain model using annotations like @NotNull or @Size and returns the list of constraint failures found in an object graph. Instead of duplicating constraint declarations in various application layers, constraints are centralized on your domain model and shared by all layers and frameworks: declared once, validate anywhere if you will.
Second Level Caching for Hibernate with Terracotta « My Adventures in Coding – Overall we have found Terracotta to be a useful tool. It requires very little effort to update an existing project using Spring/Hibernate to use it. Terracotta offers more than just Second Level Caching, but also handles queuing of writes and ensuring data is written to the SOR (System or Record) in the event the database is not available for a brief period.
Who Has the Most Web Servers? « Data Center Knowledge – Rackspace reports that as of March 30 the company’s data centers house 50,038 servers, up from 47,518 at the end of 2008. Of the companies that publicly report their server counts, only European hosts 1&1 Internet and OVH have more than Rackspace.
soa-manifesto.org – A formal declaration of the principles, intentions and ambitions of service-orientation and the service-oriented architectural mode
InfoQ: FlexMonkey 1.0 Released – FlexMonkey is an open source testing tool for Flex and AIR applications. FlexMonkey provides for the capture, replay, and verification of Flex user interface functionality. FlexMonkey generates ActionScript-based testing scripts that can be run from the FlexMonkey application or included within a continuous integration environment.
First Steps to Scala – In this article, you'll follow twelve steps that are designed to help you understand and gain some basic skills in the Scala programming language.
InfoQ: Dion Hinchcliffe on Web 2.0 and Web Oriented Architecture – Dion Hinchcliffe is an advocate of Web 2.0 and the Web Oriented Architecture. He explains how a mindset shift helped some companies be very successful using the Web 2.0 model while others have failed. He also considers that eventually most companies will migrate to WOA because we are living in an increasingly networked world.
Jackson JSON Processor – Home – There is a nice and fast XML / JSON parser with the name Jackson. It is especially useful for fast XML parsing and JSON processing with JAXB support.
Introducing Java DB 10.5.1.1 – The next major release of Java DB, version 10.5.1.1, is now available for download. Java DB is Sun's supported distribution of the Apache Derby open-source database. Java DB is 100 percent Java technology and easy to use. Don't be fooled by its small JAR file (2.5M): This free database is fast, reliable, and packed with features
InfoQ: Spring Framework 3.0, The Next Generation – Juergen Hoeller co-founder of Spring Framework, sees 3.0 as the completion of what was started with 2.5. Some topics covered in his presentation are: more annotation-based configuration options, Unified EL++, REST, Portlet 2.0 and Java EE6 support.
Java Entrepreneur: AMR: Oracle/Sun to ‘Wreak Havoc’ on Enterprise Software Market – Of the top 50 software vendors ranked by AMR, two-thirds have applications that require Java, including many Oracle competitors… 'Not only will vendors be impacted by the fragile economy, but 33 out of the top 50 vendors will have to reevaluate their commitment to the Java programming language,' said AMR vice president Dennis Gaughan," Gage writes
RESTful Web Services Cookbook – RESTful Web Services Cookbook is a book for programmers designing and developing RESTful web services, to be published by O'Reilly and Yahoo! Press by the end of 2009. This book is currently a work in progress.
Amazon’s New Service Goes Postal Over Slow Broadband – Werner Vogels, Amazon’s CTO, explains in a blog posting that it would take up to 13 days to sling a terabyte of data across a 10 Mbps network, which is pretty darn slow. So Amazon is offering customers the chance to store their data on an external device, ship it via post, and Amazon will load it into S3.
Skype Gets the Oprah Treatment – Digits – WSJ – Will Skype get an Oprah boost? The software already has more than 400 million registered users around the world, although it is more popular in parts of Asia and Europe than Winfrey’s home territory in the U.S.
Daring Fireball: The Next iPhone – A next-generation iPhone to be released in July, with roughly double the CPU horsepower and an improved video-capable camera, with 16 and 32 GB storage capacities.
Left Right Left Right Left by Coldplay | Uncrate – As a gift to their fans, Coldplay is giving away its new live album Left Right Left Right Left. With a track listing that includes "Clocks," "Viva La Vida," and "Fix You," it's a strong effort on its own, but as a free download, it's a no-brainer.
Aneesh Chopra: America’s Chief Technology Officer – ReadWriteWeb – During his weekly address this morning, President Obama named Aneesh Chopra as the nation's first Chief Technology Officer. Chopra, who has effectively been doing much the same job at a state level in his role as Secretary of Technology for Governor Kaine of Virginia, will work closely with Vivek Kundra, the recently named Federal CIO, and Jeffrey Zients, the man Obama today named the first ever Chief Performance Officer.
AaronZ Sakai: Java Collection Performance – This is just a helpful reference when trying to decide which collections to use in Java. I use this for my personal reference but it may help others as well. The links go to the Sun Javadocs. The collections of each type are ordered based on performance (i.e. the highest performance (highest speed) ones are listed first and will be the fastest for most operations)
GridGain – Open Cloud Platform : Weblog – It is actually not quite obvious question as GAE with Java support remains relatively new technology comparing to EC2. Here's a good pros/cons checklist that you can run to see what infrastructure fits the bill for your needs.
Project Fondue | CSS Sprite Generator – This tool allows you to automate the process of generating CSS sprites. Simply give it a ZIP file containing 2 or more images (GIF, PNG or JPG) and it will generate a sprite image and the corresponding CSS rules to target and display each component image.
C# From a Java Developer’s Perspective – What follows is an overview of similarities and differences between the language features and libraries of the C# and Java programming languages based on my experience using both languages.
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr’s Blog: The big company and the cloud – Don't expect to see the biggest companies closing down their data centers in the next few years. Besides, the cloud in the end will be more interesting for the new models of computing it opens up rather than for its ability to accommodate the old ones