Links for December 10th through December 15th

Links for October 29th through November 1st

Daily del.icio.us for March 29th through April 3rd

  • Switched – Google Chrome from IE8 – JavaScript is 56 times faster on Chrome The genius behind Google’s web browser (re-tweeted by Douglas Purdy from John Lam), V8 JavaScript Engine.
  • Good-bye Solaris? The fate of Sun’s top 5 technologies – Computerworld Blogs – By this time next week, IBM will have bought Sun at a cut-rate price. I'd long thought Sun was going to down for the count, so the news that IBM was moving in didn't surprise me. What happens next though? Specifically, what's going to happen to Sun's product lines? As a long-time watcher of both Sun and IBM, here are my best guesses.
  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce – Amazon Elastic MapReduce is a web service that enables businesses, researchers, data analysts, and developers to easily and cost-effectively process vast amounts of data. It utilizes a hosted Hadoop framework running on the web-scale infrastructure of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).
  • Google uncloaks once-secret server | Business Tech – CNET News – Google is tight-lipped about its computing operations, but the company for the first time on Wednesday revealed the hardware at the core of its Internet might at a conference here about the increasingly prominent issue of data center efficiency.
  • Building Rich Enterprise Applications with Adobe AIR – Adobe AIR Team Blog – Adobe evangelist Christophe Coenraets recorded a very impressive demonstration (see below) of a sample application he built using Adobe AIR and Flex. The sample application, called Salesbuilder, demonstrates many powerful features including
  • Lean Software Is Agile, Fit-To-Purpose, And Efficient by John R. Rymer, Dave West, Mike Gilpin – Forrester Research – Lean software is emerging as the antidote to bloatware, enabling architects and developers to rapidly assemble business solutions that deliver "just in time" the software capabilities the business requires both today and tomorrow. The trend toward lean software has been building for years, but the worldwide recession is accelerating it. All application development professionals should know why and how to incorporate lean software into their software strategies for the future.
  • SpringSource Team Blog » Job Trends: Tomcat, Spring, Weblogic, JBoss, EJB – Forrester recently described a trend that they refer to as "lean software" in their paper entitled Lean Software Is Agile, Fit-To-Purpose, And Efficient. They state that "lean software is emerging as the antidote to bloatware" and that "the trend toward lean software has been building for years, but the worldwide recession is accelerating it".
  • Spring Finance > Part 3: DDD, JPA & Transaction Support | StSMedia – Before we start digging into DDD, JPA and transaction management – the main topics of this article, I should note that I am planning to release a new version of the Spring Finance Manager sample application with each article. However, this article is the exception to the rule :-). The code for this article was already realeased with the previous article on the Google code project website. This was needed to get get the sample application running to show the new Spring 3 REST features.
  • InfoQ: Interview and Book Excerpt: Jaroslav Tulach’s Practical API Design – Jaroslav Tulach's latest book Practical API Design covers the topic of API design of software projects. Jaroslav discusses the importance of API design in the modern software applications, what are the different factors that make a good API, and how to go about implementing API frameworks
  • Attack From the Left: Paul Krugman’s Poison Pen | Newsweek Business | Newsweek.com – Paul Krugman has emerged as Obama's toughest liberal critic. He's deeply skeptical of the bank bailout and pessimistic about the economy. Why the establishment worries he may be right.

Daily del.icio.us for August 28th through September 1st

  • 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".
  • The Inquisitive Coder – Davy Brion’s Blog » Blog Archive » Recommended Books: Clean Code – This week i read Robert C. Martin’s Clean Code book. With so many great books already available about writing good code, the first question i asked myself was: do we really need another one? The answer turns out to be YES!
  • 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
  • Direct access 300 times faster in Java? at Stephans Blog – So for the last years people use more often composition not inheritance with Composite Oriented Programming being the extreme
  • 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.
  • Linux jumps to 13.4 percent of the stalling server market | The Open Road – The Business and Politics of Open Source by Matt Asay – CNET News – According to a recent IDC report highlighted by ZDNet, Linux is booming. At just 9.4 percent of the overall server market in terms of revenue in 2007, Linux has now climbed to 13.4 percent of the overall server market, with Unix at 7.7 percent and Windows at 36.5 percent.
  • A U.S.B. Cable for Splitting Screens and Sharing Files Between Two Computers – NYTimes.com – That’s why Iogear’s new U.S.B. Laptop K.V.M. Switch ($130) is so interesting. One double-ended cable connects two Windows PCs or laptops together (a Mac version should be available soon). Then, you can use one PC to control the other and even drag files and folders between the machines.
  • Real Time Economics : Will India Be Tortoise to China’s Hare? – The startling growth in China and India has been the global economic story of the last decade. So far, the Chinese gains have been stronger, but new research argues that India may come out on top in the long run
  • 1,000 Essential Recordings You Must Hear : NPR Music – 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List covers all genres of music in its more than 900 pages. It's driven by the notion that "the more you love music, the more music you love."

IE8 on Acid

Just downloaded and installed the IE 8 beta and guess what – it really passes the ACID2 CSS tests. This is great news for developers everywhere. This is another piece of good news after the latest decision by the IE team to have IE 8 interpret web content in the most standards compliant way it can, by default instead of some Quirks mode. By the way, the Acid2 Browser Test is a test page, written to help browser vendors ensure proper support for web standards in their products. Kudos to the IE team.

IE 8 (BETA) on ACID

More about the IE8 announcements from the MIX conference in Las Vegas is on the IE Blog.