Khan Academy: The future of education? – CBS News – With the backing of Gates and Google, Khan Academy and its free online educational videos are moving into the classroom and across the world. Their goal: to revolutionize how we teach and learn. Sanjay Gupta reports
Leaving the Evil Empire – Tales from the Evil Empire – I have a conviction that this is only the beginning of a profound change in our societies, that innovation is considerably more likely to occur in cooperative networks of small structures than in large competing corporations.
Significant Software Development Developments of 2011 | Javalobby – 2011 was yet another year that saw significant developments and advances in the software development industry. The lists compiled in this post indicate how broadly spread these advances were, affecting different programming languages, different deployment environments, and different stakeholders.
Groovy, the Python of Java – Groovy is respectful of and cooperative with Java itself. One of its primary design goals is to live alongside existing Java code, even while Groovy’s syntax far surpasses that of Java. In this respect, Groovy plays a very similar role in the Java ecosystem that Python plays in the C ecosystem
InfoQ: Apache Tika 1.0 Allows Easy Text Extraction for Java – The Apache Tika project aims to provide a single API for extracting data and detecting language from arbitrary input formats, such as text documents, spreadsheets, PDFs or images. Even audio or video input formats are supported to a certain degree.
InfoQ: Concurrent Caching at Google – Charles Fry presents MapMaker, an in-memory caching solution on the JVM, discussing its API and implementation evolution along with internal details.
Jodd | Jerry – The Unbearable Lightness of Java – Jerry is a jQuery in Java. Jerry is a fast and concise Java Library that simplifies HTML document parsing, traversing and manipulating. Jerry is designed to change the way that you parse HTML content
Facebook Poised to Lead Biggest U.S. Internet IPO Year Since 1999 Bubble – Bloomberg – With Facebook considering the largest Internet IPO on record and regulatory filings showing that at least 14 other Web-related companies are planning sales, the industry may raise $11 billion next year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That would be the most since $18.5 billion of IPOs in 1999, just before the dot-com bubble burst.
Coming to Terms with the Consumerization of IT – R “Ray” Wang – Harvard Business Review – IT and business leaders need to work together and operate in parallel. If IT slows down the business capability to innovate, the company will suffer as new business models emerge and infrastructure will fail to keep up. If business moves ahead of IT in technology, then the company fails because IT will spend years cleaning up technology messes
Eclipse Xtend – A language made for Java developers. – Java is a great platform and also the language has some nice features. Xtend is not meant to replace Java all together but to be a convenient alternative in situations where Java doesn't shine. Therefore Xtend
Gates, Zuckerberg, Page and Brin make Forbes’ most powerful list – Forbes has put together its list of ‘The World’s Most Powerful People’, including 70 individuals that it believes really “matter”. The list, published yesterday, puts politicians, religious leaders and tech founders together, ranking them in terms of how much influence they have over people.
whoosh – Fast pure-Python indexing and search library. – Whoosh is a fast, featureful full-text indexing and searching library implemented in pure Python. Programmers can use it to easily add search functionality to their applications and websites. Every part of how Whoosh works can be extended or replaced to meet your needs exactly.
10 programming languages worth checking out – H3RALD – This article deals with ten possible candidates, and it’s far from being an exhaustive list. The programming languages described henceforth are very different from each other, but they all have one thing in common: they all stimulate my curiosity in their own, very different ways.
Daring Fireball: Universe Dented, Grass Underfoot – I like to think that in the run-up to his final keynote, Steve made time for a long, peaceful walk. Somewhere beautiful, where there are no footpaths and the grass grows thick. Hand-in-hand with his wife and family, the sun warm on their backs, smiles on their faces, love in their hearts, at peace with their fate.
Effective Mockito Part 2 – As promised in the first part of the "Effective Mockito" blog series, I will concentrate on Mockito specifics in the followup posts. So, the main topic for Part 2 is Mockito's @Mock Annotation.
Incredibly Useful CSS Snippets | webexpedition18 – Below is a list of CSS snippets that will help you minimize headaches, frustration and save your time while writing css, and I hope you will find it useful. Whether you are a experienced web developer, or just getting started with css, they are all worth checking out.
Martin Fowler on Software Patents – At a time when our future affluence depends so heavily on innovation, we have drifted toward a patent regime that not only fails to fulfil its justifying function, to incentivise innovation, but actively impedes innovation
Nick Farina – An iOS Developer Takes on Android – Recently, we released the Android version of Meridian, our platform for building location-based apps. We didn't use one of these "Cross Platform!" tools like Titanium. We wrote it, from scratch, in Java, like you do in Android.
Idiomatic Layouts with Sencha Touch | Learn | Sencha – In this two-part series, we show how, with a single code-base, we can create an app which responds to these conventions, and which, through the use of the Sencha Touch 'application profiles' mechanism, delivers familiar user interfaces to both phone and tablet users.
How to take advantage of Redis just adding it to your stack – You can use Redis right now to do things that will make your users happier, your systems less complex, your site more responsive. You don't need to replace your current setup in order to use it, just start using Redis to do new things that were otherwise not possible, or hard, or too costly.
InfoQ: Olap4j 1.0: a Java API for OLAP Servers – After nearly five years of work, Business Intelligence vendor Pentaho has announced the release of olap4j 1.0, a new, common Java API for any online analytical processing (OLAP) server.
What does IBM joining OpenJDK mean for Java? – Apache Asserts – This week IBM announced it would be supporting Oracle's OpenJDK. At first glance it seems like "Great!" Isn't it good that two big supporters of Java are getting behind a single open source project? Well, in my personal opinion, no. It is bad. Bad for Java. I'll try to explain why
Spring Roo 1.1.0.RC1 Released | SpringSource.org – We're pleased to announce the availability of Spring Roo 1.1.0.RC1. Spring Roo is a lightweight developer tool that makes it fast and easy to deliver instant results for Java developers. This new release almost 300 enhancements
Google Web Toolkit Blog: GWT 2.1 RC1 is now available – Building on the three previous milestones, we're happy to announce the first release candidate (RC1) of GWT 2.1. Along with the new components and features, we've solidified the Activities/Places, RequestFactory, Editor framework, and Cell-based widget APIs
The PTO addresses Bilski and software patents | opensource.com – The Bilski majority emphasized that abstract ideas are not patentable, and recognized that allowing patents for abstract ideas could hinder innovation. Thus there's still room for discussion of the legal standard for when, if ever, there should be patents on software.
InfoWorld preview: Visual Studio LightSwitch chases app dev Holy Grail | Developer World – InfoWorld – One of the Holy Grails of application development has been to allow a businessperson to build his or her own application without needing a professional programmer. Microsoft's latest attempt at this is Visual Studio LightSwitch, now in its first beta test. LightSwitch uses several technologies to generate applications that connect with databases. It can run on a desktop or in a Web browser, and it can use up to three application layers: client tier, middle tier, and data access.
InfoQ: Deploying Java Applications on Amazon EC2 – Chris Richardson presents the details of deploying multi-tier Apache/Tomcat/MySQL applications on Amazon EC2, what it takes to access EC2, to deploy a web server, an application server, and a database, handling security, making a case for PaaS which does not require an administration effort.
Spring 3.0.4 is Now Available | SpringSource.org – Spring 3.0.4 is now available. This release addresses over 80 minor issues and updates Spring's support for some recent third-party releases including Hibernate Core 3.6, Hibernate Validator 4.1, EclipseLink 2.1, and EHCache 2.2.
InfoQ: Scooter Framework; Java Made CRUD And Simple – The development of the Scooter framework has been inspired by the simplicity of use exhibited in Ruby on Rails. The Scooter framework presents an alternative for developing Java web applications using Struts, Spring and Hibernate, with a CRUD generator and the ActiveRecord as key features
Random Thoughts » Spring + JTA + JPA + JMS – In this post I will create a simple Order Processing Message Driven Bean that showcases this integration. I will be using an Oracle database and deploy the application on a WebLogic 10.3 server
InfoQ: Open Source VI (vSphere) Java API for Managing VMware Platforms – This talk gives an overview of VMware management APIs, the open source VI Java API, how to leverage VMware vSphere for your development, testing and deployment using the API, the basic concepts and object model of the API, how to configure vSphere/VMware Server, provisioning new virtual machines and managing their lifecycles, monitoring system performance, and automating system management.
Google to Open-source VP8 for HTML5 Video – While an open-source VP8 could end concerns about H.264’s licensing issues and Theora’s quality, questions still remain about whether Google can provide a video standard on which everyone can agree
Ajaxian » So all this is done in HTML5 by the way – The Web is so special as it isn’t owned by a single vendor. This means that this kind of crap can’t happen. One company can’t change the rules in one fell swoop. There isn’t that one company that can become misaligned with the interests of certain developers and Do Bad Things.