Daily del.icio.us for November 5th through November 6th

  • History of McCain for President – Post-Election John McCain Biography – Esquire – As Barack Obama takes the presidency, the reporter with intimate access to John McCain for two years takes a somber look back at where man gives way to politician.
  • Digg – 700 Covers For Obama From Around The World – 700 newspaper front pages from all over the world, the day after Barack Obama was elected 44th president of the United States.
  • AMD, Red Hat demo VM migration between AMD, Intel servers | InfoWorld | News | 2008-11-06 | – In Thursday's demonstration, AMD moves a live VM from an dual socket Intel Xeon DP Quad Core E5420-based system to one based on AMD's forthcoming 45nm Quad-Core Opteron processor, using Red Hat open-source virtualization software
  • Sun shines dimly in Big Blue’s shadow |Fatal Exception | Neil McAllister | InfoWorld – As Rich Green says, the key will be not just delivering products and professional services, but doing so with better ROI than anyone else. Sun needs to convince its customers not merely that it offers an impressive product and service portfolio, but that it can be as valuable a partner as IBM. Until it can do that, Sun is going to have a hard time crawling out from under Big Blue's shadow.
  • Change.gov – "Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today." – President-Elect Barack Obama
  • Op-Ed Columnist – Bring on the Puppy and the Rookie – NYTimes.com – Promising to also be president for those who opposed him, Obama quoted Lincoln, his political idol and the man who ended slavery: “We are not enemies, but friends — though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.”
  • Wicket: A simplified framework for building and testing dynamic Web pages – Wicket provides an object-oriented approach toward developing dynamic Web-based UI applications. Because Wicket is pure Java™ and HTML code, you can leverage your knowledge about Java to write applications based on Wicket, dramatically reducing your development time. This article gives you an overview of Wicket and describes how you can use Wicket to rapidly build Web-based applications in a non-intrusive and simplified way
  • Reassessing the Dangers of BPA in Plastics – TIME – There's no denying that bisphenol A (BPA), the latest headline-making toxin, is ubiquitous — it's in hard plastic water bottles, the lining of food and beverage cans and, most disturbingly, the plastic baby bottles that most parents commonly use. What's less clear, however, is exactly what effect BPA has on human health
  • My Top List of Java Tools | Javalobby – Lack of imagination is one of our worst sins as software developers. We do the same things over and over again, but we rarely modify our ways: me at least. After some years, these are the tools that made it into my tricks box for everyday tasks. Tiresome operations are not my thing
  • BBC SPORT | Motorsport | Formula One | Hamilton targets title hat-trick – New world champion Lewis Hamilton has told BBC Sport he wants to claim the Formula One title three times.

    The 23-year-old British driver said he has no intention of chasing Michael Schumacher's record seven F1 triumphs

  • JUnit and EasyMock | Refcardz – JUnit and EasyMock are the predominant choices for testing tools in the Java space. This reference card will guide you through the creation of unit tests with JUnit and EasyMock. It contains detailed definitions for unit testing and mock objects as well as a description of the lifecycle of each. The APIs for both JUnit and EasyMock are covered thoroughly so you can utilize these tools to their fullest extent.
  • Joe on Computing : A maze of twisty little Java web service standards, all alike – It’s almost impossible to keep up with all the fractal-like Java standards related to web services. As fast as each can be learned, Sun invents another, and a dozen open source implementations appear. For my own sanity I tried to create a rough map of some of them. I tried to avoid making recommendations; my main objective was to sketch out how they fit together. I also focused on the open source options; there are many good commercial implementations of all of these too.
  • The Atlassian Blog – Come with me a on Magic Quadrant Ride – Gartner's popular Magic Quadrant for Social Software 2008 is out and Atlassian scored huge on the survey. Atlassian was recognized at the top as a leading company in the market for social software and team collaboration, based on our vision and execution

Daily del.icio.us for October 13th through October 16th

Daily del.icio.us for June 24th through June 27th

Daily del.icio.us for Dec 30, 2007

Books I am currently reading

As I’ve said before, I am a voracious book collector and (usually) reader as well. I love books and could spend hours reading. With a demanding job, a wife and a young daughter, I’ve built up quite a backlog and hope to get to most of these books in the next few weeks. Here are the books on my current ‘reading’ list:

Technical Books

Scripting in Java: Languages, Frameworks, and Patterns
By Dejan Bosanac
Addison-Wesley Professional
ISBN: 0321321936
Publication Date: August 2007
Price: $49.99   $25.97
Rating: (Total Reviews: 2)
Sales Rank: 355093


Spring in Action
By Craig Walls, Ryan Breidenbach
Manning Publications
ISBN: 1933988134
Publication Date: August 2007
Price: $49.99   $28.43
Rating: (Total Reviews: 43)
Sales Rank: 6432


iText in Action: Creating and Manipulating PDF
By Bruno Lowagie
Manning Publications
ISBN: 1932394796
Publication Date: December 2006
Price: $49.99   $31.06
Rating: (Total Reviews: 4)
Sales Rank: 30402


Next Generation Java Testing: TestNG and Advanced Concepts
By Cédric Beust, Hani Suleiman
Addison-Wesley Professional
ISBN: 0321503104
Publication Date: October 2007
Price: $49.99   $29.94
Rating: (Total Reviews: 2)
Sales Rank: 140707


Prototype and script.aculo.us: You Never Knew JavaScript Could Do This!
By Christophe Porteneuve
Pragmatic Bookshelf
ISBN: 1934356018
Publication Date: January 2008
Price: $34.95   $23.07
Rating: (Total Reviews: 0)
Sales Rank: 49628


Non-Technical Books

The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google
By Nicholas Carr
W. W. Norton
ISBN: 0393062287
Publication Date: January 2008
Price: $25.95   $17.13
Rating: (Total Reviews: 1)
Sales Rank: 1672


The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
By Jeffrey Toobin
Doubleday
ISBN: 0385516401
Publication Date: September 2007
Price: $27.95   $16.22
Rating: (Total Reviews: 67)
Sales Rank: 9


Daily del.icio.us for Dec 06, 2007 through Dec 08, 2007

  • The 53 Places to Go in 2008 – New York Times – What?s on your travel itinerary in the new year? From a new luxury hotel in Laos (where you can take in the view of ancient temples from a chaise lounge by the infinity pool) to the waterfront night clubs of Hvar
  • Riding Rails: Rails 2.0: It’s done! – Rails 2.0 is finally finished after about a year in the making. This is a fantastic release that?s absolutely stuffed with great new features, loads of fixes. We?ve even taken a fair bit of cruft out to make the whole package more coherent and lean
  • PayPal Says Linux Grid Can Replace Mainframes — Linux — InformationWeek – A Linux grid is the power behind the payment system at PayPal
  • Ajax View: Remotely Monitoring Web 2.0 Applications – The Ajax View approach is to insert a server-side proxy in-between the web servers and the end-user’s browser. This proxy captures the web apps JavaScript code as it is being sent to a browser and rewrites the code to insert extra instrumentation code
  • Developer’s Guide – Google Chart API – Google Code – The Google Chart API lets you dynamically generate charts. It returns a PNG-format image in response to a URL. Several types of image can be generated: line, bar, and pie charts. For each image type you can specify attributes such as size, colors, labels
  • PayPal Says Linux Grid Can Replace Mainframes — Linux — InformationWeek – A Linux grid is the power behind the payment system at PayPal
  • Ajax View: Remotely Monitoring Web 2.0 Applications – The Ajax View approach is to insert a server-side proxy in-between the web servers and the end-user’s browser. This proxy captures the web apps JavaScript code as it is being sent to a browser and rewrites the code to insert extra instrumentation code
  • Developer’s Guide – Google Chart API – Google Code – The Google Chart API lets you dynamically generate charts. It returns a PNG-format image in response to a URL. Several types of image can be generated: line, bar, and pie charts. For each image type you can specify attributes such as size, colors, labels
  • Roller: free and open source Java blog software – Apache Roller 4.0 has been released and is now available for download. This is a major new Roller release which includes easier blog theme customization, a much more simple installation/upgrade process, infrastructure improvements and other small fixes.
  • infinitest – Google Code – Infinitest is a continuous JUnit test runner designed to facilitate Test Driven Development. Infinitest helps you learn TDD by providing feedback as you work, and helps you master TDD by reducing your feedback cycle from minutes to mere seconds

Daily del.icio.us for Nov 27, 2007 through Dec 01, 2007

  • Scientific American: The Secret to Raising Smart Kids – More than three decades of research shows that a focus on effort?not on intelligence or ability?is key to success in school and in life
  • An Open Letter to the OpenDS Community and to Sun Microsystems – cn=Directory Manager – If Sun is unable to ensure that their middle management is on the same page as the senior management setting the open source strategy and the engineers making it happen, then it won?t take too many more incidents to start to question Sun?s true intent
  • Scientific American: The Secret to Raising Smart Kids – More than three decades of research shows that a focus on effort?not on intelligence or ability?is key to success in school and in life
  • An Open Letter to the OpenDS Community and to Sun Microsystems – cn=Directory Manager – If Sun is unable to ensure that their middle management is on the same page as the senior management setting the open source strategy and the engineers making it happen, then it won?t take too many more incidents to start to question Sun?s true intent
  • Manage RSS feeds with the Rome API – Java World – In this article John Ferguson Smart shows you how to use the Rome API to read and process RSS feeds in any format. You’ll also learn how to set up an RSS feed to deliver build reports in a continuous integration environment, using Continuum as your CI ser
  • Velocity or FreeMarker? – Java World – In this article, Jeroen van Bergen explains where template engines fit into your application architecture and shows you some of the operations common to all template engines. Finally, he compares the two leading Java template engines, Velocity and FreeMar
  • John Resig – The World of ECMAScript – The World of ECMAScript is a full map detailing everything that exists within the world of ECMAScript (with JavaScript, ActionScript, and JScript being its most-famous implementations)
  • .NET Community News Forum – Microsoft Releases .NET 3.5, Visual Studio 2008 – Microsoft released today the latest version of its .NET runtime, including many enhancements to the C# language, as well as a major update to its developer tools suite.
  • Enterprise Java Community: Design to Unit Test – The key to writing good unit tests starts with a good design. Design should facilitate unit testing. A design thought out on solid design principles like creating clean interfaces, composing objects correctly, using dependencies properly help writing test
  • Rails Yet To Make Dent in the Enterprise – The eardrum-rupturing buzz around Ruby on Rails among Web developers is understandable. So why is this free, open, easy-to-use, passionately advocated Web-app framework having such a hard time gaining serious traction in the enterprise?
  • HTML V5 and XHTML V2 – While the intention of both HTML V5 and XHTML V2 is to improve on the existing versions, the approaches the developers chose to make those improvements is very different.

Daily del.icio.us for Nov 02 through Nov 23, 2007

  • InfoQ: Prototype and Script.aculo.us: spending weekends at home again – Script.aculo.us creator Thomas Fuchs gives an overview about the concepts and functionality of both Prototype and the script.aculo.us libraries, provides advice on what and what not to expect and gives pointers and hints on how to get started.
  • Enterprise Java Community: Spring Loaded Observer Pattern – This article describes an easy process of implementing the observer pattern in the Spring framework
  • The Future of Reading (A Play in Six Acts) [dive into mark] – An analysis of the Amazon Kindle only as Mark Pilgrim or maybe John Gruber can do:) Must read – very thought provoking
  • InfoQ: Article: What’s New in Spring 2.5: Part 1: Annotation-Based Configuration – The newly released Spring 2.5 features annotation-driven dependency injection, auto-detection of Spring components on the classpath using annotations rather than XML for metadata, annotation support for lifecycle methods, a new web controller model for ma
  • InfoQ: DDD: putting the model to work – This talk will outline some of the foundations of domain-driven design:How models are chosen and evaluated;How multiple models coexist;How the patterns help avoid the common pitfalls, such as overly interconnected models;How developers and domain experts
  • JavaRanch Journal – November 2007 Volume 6 Issue 2 – Spring offers a few helper classes to do some scheduling in your app. In Spring 2.0, both the JDK’s Timer objects and the OpenSymphony Quartz Scheduler are supported. Quartz is an open source job scheduling system that can be easily used with Spring.
  • What is the Google Collections Library? – Kevin Bourrillion & Jared Levy are the two primary creators of the Google Collections Library, which aims to provide an extension to the Java Collections Framework. They discuss what the library is all about, its genesis, and how it will be useful to you.
  • InfoQ: Scrum and XP from the Trenches – The tricky part to agile software development is that there is no manual telling you exactly how to do it. This book aims to give you a head start by providing a detailed down-to-earth account of how one Swedish company implemented Scrum and XP
  • InfoQ: Starting Struts 2 – Struts2 is the latest manifestation of the popular Struts Java web application framework. Like its predecessor, its goals are to make web application development faster, easier and more productive than ever before.
  • InfoQ: Homer’s Odyssey or My Life as an Agile Consultant – In this offbeat presentation from Agile2006, Jean Tabaka compares impediments and obstacles encountered by an Agile mentor with those detailed in Homer’s classic.
  • TSS Video: Christian Bauer on JBoss Seam – In this presentation, Christian Bauer discusses how JBoss Seam simplifies the handling of stateful conversations, multi-window operations and concurrent, fine-grained Ajax requests & integrates Facelets, Hibernate, jBPM, Drools, Groovy, iText and Lucene.
  • Seam 2.0 has been released – Seam 2.0 was released this week. JBoss Seam is a powerful new application framework for building next generation Web 2.0 applications by ntegrating Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX), Java Server Faces (JSF), EJB3, Java Portlets and BPM.
  • Asual | SWFAddress – Deep linking for Flash and Ajax – SWFAddress is a small, but powerful library that provides deep linking for Flash and Ajax. It’s a developer tool, allowing creation of unique virtual URLs that can point to a website section or an application state.
  • Adobe – Developer Center : Designing for Flex ? Part 5: Designing content displays – Content displays are the key element of Flex application design. Application chrome exists only to support these displays, if indeed it must exist at all.
  • Henrik Stahl’s Blog: BEA videos on YouTube – There are some short clips covering BEA technologies on YouTube. My favorite is the Predictable Java video. I wish my coffee machine was that well-behaved!
  • Hybridizing HTML – How to create Flex forms within HTML pages to easily achieve cross-browser and cross-platform functionality.
  • alphaWorks : IBM Personal Presenter : Overview – A simple, serverless means of producing and distributing rich media content consisting of video, audio, and slides from the originator’s computer to multiple clients.
  • Interface21 Team Blog » The Spring Web Flow 2.0 Vision – The goal of 2.0 is to evolve Spring Web Flow into a complete controller engine capable of handling all types of user interactions, stateless and stateful alike, with support for multiple view technologies and asynchronous event handling (Ajax) natively
  • gwt-ext – Google Code – GWT-Ext is a powerful widget library that provides rich widgets like Grid with sort, paging and filtering, Tree’s with Drag & Drop support, highly customizable ComboBoxes, Tab Panels, Menus & Toolbars, Dialogs, Forms and a lot more
  • xhtmlrenderer: The Flying Saucer Project – An XML/XHTML/CSS 2.1 Renderer – The Flying Saucer team announces Release 8pre1 of the Flying Saucer 100% Java XHTML+CSS renderer, including support for table pagination, margin boxes, running elements, named pages, and more:
  • It’s Only Software » 5 Minute Guide to Spring and JMX – I recently augmented a Spring-based project to expose some of the Spring-managed beans via JMX. Spring makes this very easy, and even if you?ve never used JMX before, this quick tutorial will let you set up your Spring beans to be viewed (and edited!) t
  • Android’s SDK Now Available – Android, Google’s mobile platform, is finally open to the developers. Now you can download the SDK and start to develop great applications in Java. Google launched a competition that offers $10 million awards for the most interesting apps
  • Microsoft Sync Framework != Google Gears (even if the press wants to make it look that way) on Dion Almaer’s Blog – saw Microsoft?s Answer to Google Gears popup in my news feed, along with Mary Jo?s piece itself: Microsoft delivers first test build of its online-offline sync platform.
  • Upgrading to Prototype 1.6: real world examples – Recently I have undertaken upgrading to Prototype 1.6.0. I will now show you some examples of what I?ve done, how I did it and why; you might find this writeup useful when doing the same in your application.

Daily del.icio.us for Aug 25, 2007

  • James Duncan Davidson ? Remembering Java Naming Blunders Past – The value of a brand is created by the public that uses it, not by the company that owns it. Brands are funny things. They make us choose products out of a sense of comfort instead of an honest evaluation.
  • Raible Designs | Display Tag 1.1.1 Released – Display Tag version 1.1.1 has been released. This is a bug fix release
  • Java.net – Unified Expression Language for JSP and JSF – This article looks at the unified expression language (EL), which has been added to the JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library (JSTL) specification in order to overcome problems when integrating the JavaServer Pages (JSP) EL with the JavaServer Faces EL.
  • Web Tier to Go With Java EE 5: Summary of New Features in JSP 2.1 Technology – The expert groups have worked together on the upcoming releases of JSP 2.1 and JavaServer Faces 1.2 technologies in Java EE 5 to fix these integration issues and make sure that the two technologies work together seamlessly.
  • jmockit: Project Home Page – JMockit consists of a single class with a small set of static methods, which allow arbitrary methods and constructors of any other class to be replaced by mock implementations at runtime.
  • Mock Objects: Shortcomings and Use Cases – This article looks at Mock Objects, a testing technique from the XP community that offers a way to test our code in isolation by simulating those external dependencies. As with any other tool, we need to be careful and avoid overusing them.
  • Jeffrey Zeldman Presents : Eric Meyer’s CSS Sculptor – Eric Meyer’s CSS Sculptor, created in collaboration with WebAssist, makes it drop-dead easy to create standards-compliant, two- and three-column CSS layouts and includes 30 of the most common web page layouts, coded the way Eric Meyer would code them.
  • IT Efforts: Struts2 + Spring + JUnit – Hopefully this entry serves as some search engine friendly documentation on how one might unit test Struts 2 actions configured using Spring
  • InfoQ: The Secret Sauce of Highly Productive Software Development – This article stands as a reminder that the Agile approach already offers many learning practices and mechanisms ? are they all being used to best advantage, to serve your team and your business?
  • XFire Creator Joins MuleSource – Diephouse is the creator of XFire, the high performance open source SOAP framework. He joined MuleSource as the software architect focused on expanding Mule’s web services capabilities.
  • Introduction To iBatis – This tutorial will focus on using iBatis in a Java application and Abator, a code generation tool
  • Spring Web Services 1.0 Released | Springframework.org – After two years of development, we are pleased to announce that Spring Web Services 1.0 is now available. Spring Web Services is a product of the Spring community focused on the creation of document-driven, contract-first web services.

Daily del.icio.us for Aug 21, 2007 through Aug 25, 2007

  • James Duncan Davidson ? Remembering Java Naming Blunders Past – The value of a brand is created by the public that uses it, not by the company that owns it. Brands are funny things. They make us choose products out of a sense of comfort instead of an honest evaluation.
  • Raible Designs | Display Tag 1.1.1 Released – Display Tag version 1.1.1 has been released. This is a bug fix release
  • Java.net – Unified Expression Language for JSP and JSF – This article looks at the unified expression language (EL), which has been added to the JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library (JSTL) specification in order to overcome problems when integrating the JavaServer Pages (JSP) EL with the JavaServer Faces EL.
  • Web Tier to Go With Java EE 5: Summary of New Features in JSP 2.1 Technology – The expert groups have worked together on the upcoming releases of JSP 2.1 and JavaServer Faces 1.2 technologies in Java EE 5 to fix these integration issues and make sure that the two technologies work together seamlessly.
  • jmockit: Project Home Page – JMockit consists of a single class with a small set of static methods, which allow arbitrary methods and constructors of any other class to be replaced by mock implementations at runtime.
  • Mock Objects: Shortcomings and Use Cases – This article looks at Mock Objects, a testing technique from the XP community that offers a way to test our code in isolation by simulating those external dependencies. As with any other tool, we need to be careful and avoid overusing them.
  • Jeffrey Zeldman Presents : Eric Meyer’s CSS Sculptor – Eric Meyer’s CSS Sculptor, created in collaboration with WebAssist, makes it drop-dead easy to create standards-compliant, two- and three-column CSS layouts and includes 30 of the most common web page layouts, coded the way Eric Meyer would code them.
  • IT Efforts: Struts2 + Spring + JUnit – Hopefully this entry serves as some search engine friendly documentation on how one might unit test Struts 2 actions configured using Spring
  • InfoQ: The Secret Sauce of Highly Productive Software Development – This article stands as a reminder that the Agile approach already offers many learning practices and mechanisms ? are they all being used to best advantage, to serve your team and your business?
  • XFire Creator Joins MuleSource – Diephouse is the creator of XFire, the high performance open source SOAP framework. He joined MuleSource as the software architect focused on expanding Mule’s web services capabilities.
  • Introduction To iBatis – This tutorial will focus on using iBatis in a Java application and Abator, a code generation tool
  • Spring Web Services 1.0 Released | Springframework.org – After two years of development, we are pleased to announce that Spring Web Services 1.0 is now available. Spring Web Services is a product of the Spring community focused on the creation of document-driven, contract-first web services.
  • Struts2 Tutorials – Several tutorials are available to help you get started with the framework, from all-purpose “soup to nuts” tutorials to specialty tutorials on portlets and database access.
  • GnilronEye 1.1, system monitoring solution, released – GnilronEye 1.1, a java-based system monitoring solution, is now available for download. GnilronEye 1.1 introduces an advanced http-monitoring feature and a new report feature that include sgraphs of the monitored items.
  • A CSS styled table version 2 | Veerle’s blog – In 2005 I wrote an article about styling a table with CSS. After receiving so many requests I finally decided to give in and write another tutorial.