Links for October 24th through October 30th

Links for August 14th through August 17th

  • Hibernate 4.1.4: Envers tests run & pass on multiple DBs – Envers is an entity auditing framework, making it possible to store and query for historical data.
  • Integration At Scale: Lessons Learned From The New Enterprise Web – David Laing, Neels Burger, Neil Pellinacci, Parand Tony Darugar, and Scott Morrison (moderator) discuss the impact of integration of various interconnected devices, web technologies, and cultures.
  • OAuth – Everything You Want to Know (Hopefully) – Pratap Chilukuri explains what OAuth is and how it works, exemplifying using the protocol with an example.
  • Choose the "Right" Database and NewSQL: NoSQL Under Attack – Talk #1: Stefan Edlich suggests choosing a NoSQL DB after answering about 70 questions in 6 categories, and building a prototype. Talk #2: Edlich presents NewSQL solutions counteracting NoSQL.
  • Eli Collins on Hadoop – Eli Collins discusses Cloudera's CDH4 release, which tasks are well suited for Hadoop, Hadoop and MapReduce vs SQL, the state of Hadoop, and much more.
  • Sears Competes On Big Data and Loyalty Programs – Forbes – Sears has a very intensive big data program to drive customer loyalty; the sophistication surprised me and should interest investors.
  • Where Does Big Data Meet Big Database? – Ben Stopford takes a look at the Big Data movement, its development and implications, reflecting on a future where NoSQL solutions and traditional ones coexist.
  • Panel: How Banks Are Managing Their Data – Frank Tarsillo , John Davies, Jon Vernon and Ari Zilka (moderator) discuss the technologies and architectures used these days to manage large amounts of sensitive data in top financial institutions.
  • Video: Spring Roo—Not Just another RAD Tool! | SpringSource.org – In this presentation, SpringSource's Josh Long and Spring Roo in Action authors Ken Rimple and Srini Penchikala introduce Spring Roo 1.2, and then go further, exposing Roo's powerful addon-based underbelly. They introduce Roo's OSGi bundle support, and introduce how add-ons can be used to generate code, install templates, respond to addition / removal of annotations, and expose both open-source and internal-company libraries for use by your developers
  • Spring Data – One API To Rule Them All? – Spring Data is a high level SpringSource project whose purpose is to unify and ease the access to different kinds of persistence stores, both relational database systems and NoSQL data stores.
  • The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Clojure & JRuby) – Allen Rohner discusses the benefits and the problems of mixing Clojure and JRuby running them in the same process, making some recommendations at the end.
  • Google Web Toolkit Blog: GWT Support for Mobile App Development – If you’re interested in using GWT to build mobile apps and mobile web apps from a single codebase, then you’ll want to take a good look at mgwt. The following is a guest blog post from Daniel Kurka, the creator of the mgwt library.
  • anic – Faster than C, Safer than Java, Simpler than *sh – anic is the reference implementation compiler for the experimental, high-performance, implicitly parallel, deadlock-free general-purpose dataflow programming language ANI
  • Sencha Architect 2.1 Now Available | Blog | Sencha – Sencha Architect is now even better! Release 2.1 is finally here and the team is excited to share what we've been working on for the past three months. The goal for the first minor release was to improve performance and stability while continuing to add functionality that helps developers do even more.

Links for March 30th through April 4th

Links for February 24th through March 5th

Links for December 16th through December 19th

Links for May 26th through May 29th

Links for May 15th through May 16th

  • MongoDB Finds A Major Adopter In Craigslist | Javalobby – MongoDB recently gained another adopter – The NoSQL data store is now being used to archive billions of records at Craigslist, the popular classifieds and job posting community that serves 570 cities in 50 countries
  • DZone Interviews: Peter Gromov on IntelliJ’s Groovy support | Groovy Zone – Without a doubt IntelliJ IDEA is the IDE of choice of many Groovy developers out there, simply because it was the first IDE to raise the bar in terms of support for the language — and continues to do so. Peter Gromov is currently in charge of all things Groovy on IntelliJ, let's hear what he has to say about his experiences with the language.
  • Scala Becomes a Platform | CTO Edge – One new programming language that is likely to get some traction in the enterprise is Scala, which is actually an extension to Java. As such, many corporate IT organizations are likely to see Scala as something that extends their existing programming capabilities to a new scale of distributed computing.
  • MapReduce: A Soft Introduction – Java Code Geeks – MapReduce is a programming model that lets developers focus on the writing code that processes their data without having to worry about the details of parallel execution.
  • Code coverage metrics and Functional Test Coverage | Javalobby – In short, you really need both functional and technical test coverage metrics. However high code coverage should be the natural outcome of good testing practices, not a goal to be aimed for.
  • VMware Is The New Microsoft, Just Without an OS: Cloud Computing News « – VMware has less than twenty percent of Microsoft’s market cap today. But if I were tracking the growth, and more importantly, enterprise influence, VMware appears to be making the right moves.

Daily del.icio.us for April 3rd through April 7th

  • Sun’s Six Biggest Mistakes – Forbes.com – In the interest of exploring Sun's value to history students, if not its shareholders, we asked analysts and industry watchers where Sun went wrong.
  • Protovis – A graphical toolkit for visualization – Protovis is a visualization toolkit for JavaScript using the canvas element. It takes a graphical approach to data visualization, composing custom views of data with simple graphical primitives like bars and dots.
  • SitePen Blog » Stocker: Advanced Dojo Made Easy – SitePen is excited to announce Stocker, which demonstrates some of the more advanced capabilities of Dojo, including the newly released DataChart, the DataGrid, Data Store, Comet, Persevere, and BorderContainer.
  • Why baseball benched Microsoft Silverlight | Digital Media – CNET News – The thwacking sounds of bats striking balls will once again fill stadiums, as Monday is opening day for Major League Baseball. This year, Microsoft will watch from the sidelines.

    MLB.com no longer uses Microsoft's Silverlight to stream games to its 500,000 subscribers. This season fans will watch live and on-demand video via Adobe's Flash player.

  • Internal cloud’s big test: Amazon vs. Cloudera | The Wisdom of Clouds – CNET News – The announcement on Thursday of Amazon's new Hadoop-based Elastic MapReduce service, combined with the introduction of a commercial Hadoop distribution from start-up Cloudera, means that we finally have a reasonable means of watching which directions enterprise IT prefers.
  • I.B.M. Withdraws $7 Billion Offer for Sun Microsystems – NYTimes.com – After weeks of negotiations, I.B.M. withdrew its $7 billion bid for Sun Microsystems on Sunday, one day after Sun’s board balked at a reduced offer, according to three people close to the talks.
  • Digital Domain – Web-Based Competition for Microsoft Word – NYTimes.com – The best online word processor, however, may be the one from a tiny company, Zoho, a nimble innovator. Zoho Writer is running close enough to Word to imagine that it and other online word processors will be able to do most everything that Word can do, and more.
  • Outside the Box() » Ext Core vs. JQuery – Both Ext Core and JQuery are solid, complete base JavaScript libraries. JQuery leans towards simplicity while Ext Core offers enhanced configuration. The choice of which to use will come down to where you are now.
  • Ext JS – Ext Core 3.0 Beta Released – the Ext Team is proud to announce the immediate availability of Ext Core 3.0 beta for download. Ext Core provides a cross-browser consistent API for performing the most common tasks in JavaScript development for web pages. Ext Core is released under a permissive MIT license – there is no cost to use Ext Core – it's free for everyone.
  • SaveIE6: Help us save the best browser around – These days we are inundated with bloated web browsers that overcomplicate our lives. However, there is one eminent exception: IE6. It has been around since 2001 and is still one of the most powerful and versatile browsers available.

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 March 24th through March 27th

  • JPivot – Home – JPivot is a JSP custom tag library that renders an OLAP table and let users perform typical OLAP navigations like slice and dice, drill down and roll up. It uses Mondrian as its OLAP Server. JPivot also supports XMLA datasource access.
  • olap4j: Open Java API for OLAP – olap4j is designed to be a common API for any OLAP server, so you can write an application on one OLAP server and easily switch it to another. And built on that API, there will be a growing collection of tools and components
  • Mistaeks I Hav Made: Mapping Inheritance Cleanly with XStream – This works with multiple subclasses and with SingleValueConverters. As long as you can determine the concrete type to be unmarshalled from the contents of the marshalled element, you can use this technique to elide the class attribute and get cleaner XML.
  • Amazon Web Services: No Open Cloud Manifesto for us | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com – Amazon will join Microsoft as two big cloud computing players not signing on to the Open Cloud Manifesto.

    The manifesto, which has raised a ruckus following a Microsoft blog post, is set to be released Monday with IBM as the ringleader. Given the hubbub it was only natural to wonder where Amazon Web Services, one of the premier cloud computing players stood

  • MapReduce programming with Apache Hadoop – JavaWorld – Google and its MapReduce framework may rule the roost when it comes to massive-scale data processing, but there's still plenty of that goodness to go around. This article gets you started with Hadoop, the open source MapReduce implementation for processing large data sets
  • RSS to PDF Newspaper – This is a free software project to let people create printable PDFs from content found on the web. It is a free alternative to HP's Tabbloid service. It is being developed as part of the Five Filters project to promote alternative, non-corporate media.
  • Oracle: If RHEL were free, we wouldn’t compete | The Open Road – CNET News – Now we find out that it's not a question of support at all, but rather that Oracle simply wants Linux to be free. Why? Because that makes its overpriced software seem cheaper.

    At least Oracle is being honest now. Coekaerts' argument is cheeky, but it makes strategic sense for Oracle. It just makes no financial sense for Red Hat.

  • Ubuntu promises DIY Amazon cloud • The Register – The Jaunty Jackalope edition of Ubuntu, version 9.04, due in April, will let you take existing Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) from Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and run them on your own Ubuntu servers.
  • Book Review: Pragmatic Thinking & Learning – Andy Hunt, co-author of several titles in the Pragmatic Programmers series, has turned his pragmatic prism on our brains. His new book, Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactoring Your Wetware, is a delight to read, provided you understand the vocabulary of agile development. It could be a perfect gift for your favorite geek this holiday season.
  • jaxb: A JAXB Tutorial – Wolfgang Laun has created an outstanding tutorial. Wolfgang’s tutorial is possibly the most comprehensive (and most current) information on every aspect of JAXB. I highly recommend it both as a getting started guide and a reference.