Daily del.icio.us for October 28th

  • Google is oddly silent about Grand Central | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com – Google is being very quiet about Grand Central, the virtual phone service it acquired in July 2007 but hasn’t really done anything with since. In my opinion, Grand Central is already a good service. There are a few features I’d like to see added but, for the most part, it’s working for me – so much so that, in a blog post a couple of weeks ago, I called it my favorite telecommuting tool.
  • How LinkedIn changed its security model in order to offer an API – This talk also covered how LinkedIn retrofitted the security model chosen for the API into the mainstream website, which helped tremendously in the scalability of the website by allowing stateless front-end / single sign-on (SSO), and improved security by removing sessions entirely.
  • Building LinkedIn’s Next Generation Architecture with OSGi – Over the course of the last 5 years, LinkedIn has been built using relatively simple technologies: front end web applications (Tomcat/Servlet/JSP), back-end services (Jetty/Spring Remoting), databases, replication, and JMS. Although the web site was scaling adequately, we had some big challenges to overcome: In this session, I talked about why OSGi was chosen to help us solve those challenges, the implementation progress we've made, the pitfalls that we've encountered (so far) and what we have learned in the process.
  • Atlassian Developer Blog – Performance testing with JMeter – This is the first in a series of blog posts aimed at documenting whats involved in setting up a performance test harness from scratch. In my next post, I will show how to deploy these performance tests using Maven 2 and how to automate the process using Bamboo
  • Almost Human: a review of Google’s Android G1 phone: Page 1 – The T-Mobile G1 Google smartphone, designed by Google and made by HTC, remains firmly in the shadow of the iPhone—for now. The phone, which goes on sale next week in the US and next month in Britain, was released too early. The HTC hardware and Android OS that powers it lack the polish and depth of even the iPhone 1.0 in most respects.
  • Charlie Owen – Windows Media Center in the PDC Build of Windows 7 – If you are attending the 2008 Professional Developers Conference you received a pre-beta Windows 7 build today (6801) which contains many features the Windows Media Center team has been developing over the past year
  • I would just like to say… – This post is for all of you out there who have developed or contributed to Linux/Ubuntu projects and all of the open source coders who read this
  • Windows 7: Windows 7 Walkthrough, Boot Video and Impressions – On Sunday, they took journalists through a lively 7-hour orientation on Win 7, then handed off a Dell XPS M1330 loaded with pre-beta Build 6801. Thankfully for the overworked, underappreciated developers at Redmond, it's surprisingly stable, and its look and feel already puts Vista to shame.
  • Microsoft Watch – Web Services & Browser – Office Goes to the Web – Microsoft made a stunning announcement during today's Professional Developers Conference: A lightweight Web-based version of Office. Office Web is a stunning concession to Google and other Web 2.0 platform developers offering Web-based productivity applications. Office Web will come with lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
  • Microsoft Joins Working Group for Open Standards Messaging Software: Decision to join AMQP Working Group based on commitment to openness, interoperability and providing customer choice. – Microsoft Corp. today announced that it is joining the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) Working Group, an organization focused on the development of the AMQP specification. Microsoft is joining the AMQP Working Group at the request of its members, including several of Microsoft’s customers in the financial services industry, in order to support the development of an open industry standard for ubiquitous messaging.

Daily del.icio.us for October 16th through October 18th

Daily del.icio.us for September 19th through September 21st

  • Gbridge Does Simple but Secure File Sharing, Syncing, and VNC – Gbridge is a free software that lets you sync folders, share files, chat and VNC securely and easily. It extends Google's gtalk service to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that connects your computers and your close friends' computers directly and securely. Gbridge has many unique features.
  • Space4J – Java Persistence – Space4J is a simple database system that will let you work with Java Collections in memory. Instead of having to perform a SQL SELECT to fetch a User from a database table, you can just access the users map (java.util.Map) and call users.get(id). With Space4J, all your data is kept in memory inside the JVM. There is no need for an extra database application
  • VMware Sees the Open Source Threat | OStatic – With Microsoft and Sun (along with Linux players) bundling virtualization with their server software, and ongoing improvements in open source virtualization offerings such as Xen, I've predicted before and I now predict more than ever that VMware has to radically change its business model.
  • Spring Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach | Javalobby – This wonderful book, Spring Recipes, covers in a very decent way Spring 2.5 from basic to advanced and in many cases some compatible configurations for 1.x, scalable. It is a way to learn each chapter throught the book, 19 well-organized chapters that cover the most important topics in the J2EE world with Spring, and of course, Spring core itself
  • DimeCasts.Net Details for # 46 – Setting up Continuous Integration for your Application with Team City – In this episode we will walk you though how setup and manage a Continuous Integration system using Team City for your application.

    You will get a guided tour on the various steps needed to get your CI enviornment up and running in no time flat.

  • InfoQ: Mockito 1.5 spies on plain objects – Mockito is a mocking framework for Java. It's very similar to EasyMock and jMock, but eliminates the need for expectations by verifying what has been called after execution. Other mocking libraries require you to record expectations before execution, which tends to result in ugly setup code
  • McCain’s Scapegoat – WSJ.com – In a crisis, voters want steady, calm leadership, not easy, misleading answers that will do nothing to help. Mr. McCain is sounding like a candidate searching for a political foil rather than a genuine solution. He'll never beat Mr. Obama by running as an angry populist like Al Gore, circa 2000
  • Java Parallel Processing Framework Home Page – JPPF is an open source Grid Computing platform written in Java that makes it easy to run applications in parallel, and speed up their execution by orders of magnitude. Write once, deploy once, execute everywhere!
  • JPPF, grid computing platform for Java, releases version 1.5 – JPPF is an open source Grid Computing platform written in Java that makes it easy to run applications in parallel, and speed up their execution by orders of magnitude. Write once, deploy once, execute everywhere!
  • Cisco buys into corporate IM | Business Tech – CNET News – On Friday, the networking giant Cisco announced it will purchase Jabber, which uses an open-source IM and presence protocol used by Google Talk and Gizmo

Daily del.icio.us for September 15th through September 19th

  • Google Co-Founder Has Genetic Code Linked to Parkinson’s – NYTimes.com – Sergey Brin, a Google co-founder, said Thursday that he has a gene mutation that increases his likelihood of contracting Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that can impair speech, movement and other functions
  • Ext JS – Ext GWT 1.1 Released – We are pleased to announce the release of Ext GWT 1.1. This release is packed full of new features and components. Ext GWT 1.1 is a recommended upgrade for all Ext GWT 1.0 users. Although a minor release, Ext GWT introduces many exciting new features to help build your rich internet application. With this release, Ext GWT shortens the feature set gap between Ext JS.
  • Was ‘Adult Supervision’ Needed On Wall Street? : NPR – The bankruptcy of financial services giant Lehman Brothers and the 500-point drop in the stock market on Sept. 15 have sent shock waves through the financial community. Michael Greenberger, a former director at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, tells Terry Gross that the government's decision to bail out AIG is a sign that the economy is "teetering on the brink."
  • Obama airs unusual economy ad – Mike Allen – Politico.com – Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is airing an unusual two-minute TV ad about the economy, calling for “shared responsibility” and “real regulation” to rein in an “anything-goes culture on Wall Street.”

    The ad is part of the campaign’s effort to respond confidently and convincingly to this weekend’s financial meltdown

  • Why Obama’s Health Plan Is Better – WSJ.com – Everyone agrees our health-care financing system must change. But only one candidate, Barack Obama, has real change we can believe in.
  • Sun Launches Open Suite for SWIFT for Financial Institutions and Corporate Treasuries – Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the launch of the Sun Open Suite for SWIFT, a complete end-to-end software and hardware infrastructure solution to help corporate treasuries and financial institutions kick-start fast and secure SWIFTNet integration
  • Ext JS – Ext JS at The Ajax Experience – Come join Jack Slocum and I for two developer focused sessions, "Hands On Ext" and “Advanced CSS and Theming of Ext JS” at The Ajax Experience at the end of this month. Feel free to follow along with your laptop or watch as we build an application and demonstrate how to create a custom theme in each hour long session.
  • Windows Games Run Faster on Linux than on Windows Vista / From Out There / rca / Fellows / The Fellowship – Fellowship of FSFE – These benchmarks say that GNU/Linux with Cedega or WINE runs the tested games 33 – 40% faster than Windows Vista. 40%! That's not just the fraction of fps that the hardcore crowd lusts for, that's a significant number.

    So the best modern platform to play Windows games on is not Windows but GNU/Linux

  • Stack Overflow – Stack Overflow is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for programmers — regardless of platform or language. Jump in and share your software engineering expertise!
  • The short – but eventful – life of Ike – The Big Picture – Boston.com – In its brief lifespan of only 13 days, Hurricane Ike wreaked great deal of havoc. Affecting several countries including Cuba, Haiti, and the United States, Ike is blamed for approximately 114 deaths (74 in Haiti alone), and damages that are still being tallied, with estimates topping $10 billion. Many shoreline communities of Galveston, Texas were wiped from the map by the winds, storm surge and the walls of debris pushed along by Ike – though Galveston was spared the level of disaster it suffered in 1900.

Daily del.icio.us for June 1st through June 4th

Daily del.icio.us for May 20th through May 24th

Daily del.icio.us for January 6th

  • Official Google Docs Blog: New features for 2008! – It’s been two months since we launched Google Presentations and already we’ve got new toys! We’ve been listening to your feedback and working hard to get you new features as quickly as possible
  • Amazon Web Services Blog: Increasing Amazon S3 Data Transfer Performance – The Amazon S3 team is now beta-testing support for an important low-level networking feature which has the potential to significantly increase the performance of large data transfers to and from S3, particularly (but not limited to) for long distance data
  • Blueprint Grid CSS Generator – This tool will help you generate more flexible versions of Blueprint’s grid.css and compressed.css and grid.png files. Whether you prefer 8, 10,16 or 24 columns in your design, this generator now enables you that flexibility with Blueprint.
  • The Most Hated Company In the PC Industry – Asustek is the most hated company in the industry. Microsoft, Apple, Dell and Palm hate Asustek because the company can give us something they can’t: A super cheap, flexible, powerful mobile computer. At $299, why would anyone not buy one?

Daily del.icio.us for Jul 30, 2007 through Aug 03, 2007

  • InfoQ: System Integration Testing Using Spring – When it comes to system integration testing Spring adds real value. In this session, Rod Johnson discusses: integration testing and the support that Spring provides for it, issues around testing the persistence layer, testing web applications.
  • InfoQ: BEA and Oracle incorporate Sun’s Project Tango – In a recent article, Sun’s director for SOA products, Kevin Schmidt mentioned the fact that both Oracle and BEA have incorporated Sun’s Web Services stack, Project Tango. Tango is MS .NET 3.0 interop
  • InfoQ: Using Java to Crack Office 2007 – With Office 2007, no third-party libraries are necessary-a Java application can now read and write any Office 2007 document, because Office 2007 documents are now nothing more than ZIP files of XML documents known as the OpenXML
  • Welcome to jXLS – jXLS is small and easy-to-use Java library for generating Excel files using XLS templates. Also jXLS can be used to read XLS files and populate Java beans with spreadsheet data according to XML configuration file
  • How To Read / Write Excel Spreadsheet From Java – Both JExcelAPI and Jakarta POI (HSSF) are open source software to read & write data from / to Excel spreadsheet even on non-Microsoft platforms. In my tests HSSF came out to be the clear leader and recommended solution because of robustness and features.
  • Eloquent JavaScript – Eloquent JavaScript is a hyper-book providing a comprehensive introduction to the JavaScript programming language. Apart from a bookful of text, it contains plenty of example programs, and an environment to try them out and play with them.
  • http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-atompub-protocol-17.txt – The Atom Publishing Protocol (APP) is an application-level protocol for publishing and editing Web resources. The protocol is based on HTTP transfer of Atom-formatted representations. The Atom format is documented in the Atom Syndication Format.
  • F1 News – Grandprix.com – One of the big problems with the ongoing Stepneygate Affair is that there is a huge amount of hearsay, but not a great deal of fact
  • YUI 2.3.0: Six New Components and a Prettier Face » Yahoo! User Interface Blog – We’re pleased to announce the release of YUI version 2.3.0. This release features six new additions to the library as well as a new skinning architecture and a new visual treatment for most of our UI controls – plus 250 enhancements and bug fixes
  • Greg the Architect : Episodes – Find out what happens when Greg tries to swallow three different SOA pitches in one day. Will he save the day, or will Greg have to chuck the project?
  • Dr. Dobb’s | Java Message Service | July 2, 2007 – SOAP-based web-service development continues to grow, and uses XML and HTTP to remove the implementation details from remote procedure calls. But while SOAP has broken new ground in distributed computing, message-oriented middleware such as the Java Messa
  • Plans for the Rich Web Application Backplane – Both mashups and Ajax are now firmly entrenched in the Web landscape. Put them together and you have the makings for Rich Web applications. This article explains the Rich Web Application Backplane, currently a W3C Note, which is designed to bring standard
  • 10 things I learned about using Hibernate/JPA successfully by SpencerUresk – I decided to share a few things I learned about using Hibernate/JPA in a large project with a complicated database setup
  • OpenJPA no longer requires bytecode processing – Historically, OpenJPA required that you either run a post-compilation tool or run your application with a javaagent. The latest build of OpenJPA removes this restriction by providing various levels of support for unenhanced classes.

Daily del.icio.us for Jul 22, 2007 through Jul 26, 2007

Daily del.icio.us for Jul 21, 2007 through Jul 22, 2007