InfoQ: Evolution of Code Design at Facebook – Nick Schrock presents how Facebook’s code evolved over time, explaining some new constructs – fbobjects, Preparables, Ents – introduced to address the complexities of a large social graph.
InfoQ: Agile Architecture Interactions – By simplifying agile methods to a perspective such as the one presented here and being influential at the critical interaction points, a skilled architect can adapt to agile development while staying focused on the core architectural work
Google announces Android @ Home | BGR – Google announced on Tuesday a new feature of the Android operating system called Android @ Home. The framework and associated functions transform an Android device into a home automation controller that connects and directs all of the devices and appliances in the user’s home
Jekyll is a blog-aware, static site generator in Ruby – GitHub – Jekyll is a simple, blog aware, static site generator. It takes a template directory (representing the raw form of a website), runs it through Textile or Markdown and Liquid converters, and spits out a complete, static website suitable for serving with Apache or your favorite web server.
Github as a CMS to end CMSes – Github can be used as a site serving tool. It is actually a pretty usable CMS even for non-technical folks. With some more tweaks it could be a killer platform for content with all the wonderful potential from forking and pull requests
Google Voice Blog: Google Voice for iPhone and Palm WebOS – Today we are launching a new Google Voice mobile web app for iPhone OS 3.0 and higher and Palm Web OS devices, harnessing the power of HTML5, a new web technology that makes it possible to run faster, richer web-based applications right in the browser.
Ajax Simplifications in Spring 3.0 | SpringSource Team Blog – Spring 3 provides first-class Ajax support with JSON as part of the Spring MVC module. This includes support for generating JSON responses and binding JSON requests using the Spring MVC @Controller programming model in conjunction with the Jackson JSON processor
Learn from my misery: Don’t buy a nook. – Massively Parallel Procrastination – Somewhat coincidentally, Amazon announced the Official Kindle SDK this week. If you want a hackable linux-based ebook reader with a great user experience and great customer support, buy a Kindle. (Yes, I make money if you click that link. Actually, if just four people buy Kindles because of this post, I end up with the $100 Barnes & Noble stiffed me.)
Don’t Underestimate India’s Consumers – BusinessWeek – India's bottom-up private sector model, for all its chaos and bureaucracy, provides a stark contrast. While the nation badly needs infrastructure, its consumers are in a far better position to spend. India can now boast of an overwhelmingly independent middle class about 300 million strong, vs. China's 100 million to 200 million
The Quants: Formula for a Meltdown – WSJ.com – In his new book, "The Quants," Wall Street Journal reporter Scott Patterson suggests how this new breed of mathematicians and computer scientists took over much of the financial system—and the damage they inflicted in the 2007 meltdown
WordPress Foundation | – The WordPress Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software.
VMware Communities: VMware vCloud API – The vCloud API is an interface for providing and consuming virtual resources from the cloud. It enables deploying and managing virtualized workloads in internal and external clouds. The vCloud API allows for upload and download of vApps along with their instantiation, deployment and operation.
Google upgrades to EXT4 FileSystem – Google’s decision to deploy Ext4 is a strong endorsement of the filesystem’s reliability and affirms its suitability for enterprise adoption, this could cause a revolution and accelerated adoption throughout the industry
Java 6 Update 18: Now With Windows 7 Support | Javalobby – Java 6 Update 18 is now available for download. One of the main features of this release is the inclusion of support for Windows 7. Along with an impressive list of bug fixes, the update includes performance improvements, an update to JavaDB and the inclusion of the latest version of the Java profiling tool, VisualV
OSCache – OSCache – CacheFilter – OSCache comes with a servlet filter that enables you to transparently cache entire pages of your website, and even binary files. Caching of binary files is extremely useful when they are generated dynamically, e.g. PDF files or images.
Grails – 1.2 Release Notes – Grails 1.2 has been released with new features like Dependency Resolution DSL, Named Query Support, Improved Performance & Memory Consumption, Named URL Mappings, Refactored Testing Infrastructure, Pluggable Web Containers
Servlet 3.0: A Sneak Preview – Apart from the addition of functionalities such as filters and web application events, the Servlet specification—one of the key Java APIs for web application development—has not undergone any major changes since its introduction. However, the specification has remained robust, and the release of the new Servlet 3.0 specification (JSR 315) will affect a major change in the way developers build Java web applications.
Service Oriented Architecture Reference Architecture – This document specifies the OASIS Reference Architecture for Service Oriented Architecture. It follows from the concepts and relationships defined in the OASIS Reference Model for Service Oriented Architecture. While it remains abstract in nature, the current document describes one possible template upon which a SOA concrete architecture can be built.
wro4j – Web Resource Optimizer for Java – The purpose of wro4j project is to reduce the number of requests needed to load a page and the amount of data to transfer to clients, achieving drastic improvement of loading times. The resources can be benefit also from minification and compression.
Ibatis Tutorial: Inheritance Strategies ~ C for Coding – I believe that Ibatis really is on the "sweet spot" of complexity vs capability for persistence frameworks, offering most of the (useful) features of JPA with significantly less complexity. This tutorial is another in the series that I hope will demonstrate that.
Adam Bien – press.adam-bien.com – This pragmatic book offers the real world knowledge and code you need to develop lean but still maintainable Java EE 5 / 6 applications. Real World Java EE Patterns – Rethinking Best Practices guides you to efficient patterns and best practices in a structured way, with real world code
JPA Implementation Patterns: Saving (Detached) Entities | Javalobby – When switching from Hibernate to JPA a lot of people are dismayed to find that method missing. The closest alternative seems to be the EntityManager.merge method, but there is a big difference that has important implications. The Session.saveOrUpdate method, and its cousin Session.update, attach the passed entity to the persistence context while EntityManager.merge method copies the state of the passed object to the persistent entity with the same identifier and then return a reference to that persistent entity.
Making the Good Programmer … Better | Javalobby – If there's one point that you can take away and implement from this article it's this one. Take pride in what you do. Everything else falls into place, and you will become a great programmer if you take this advice
Apple has 91% of market for $1,000+ PCs, says NPD | Betanews – Move over Microsoft. Apple can claim big, big market share numbers, too. According to NPD, in June, nine out of 10 dollars spent on computers costing $1,000 or more went to Apple. Mac revenue market share in the "premium" price segment was 91 percent, up from 88 percent in May
Ted Husted – Embrace Your Inner Google – A few years back, when I first tried IntelliJ IDEA's refactoring tools, I felt like I was pair programming with Commander Data. In the background, IDEA would compile my code, correct my syntax, and suggest fixes when my programming got sloppy. IDEA helped me write better code in less time.
JPA Implementation Patterns: Data Access Objects | Javalobby – The abstraction provided by JPA is pretty leaky and has ramifications for larger parts of your application than just your Data Access Objects (DAO's) and your domain objects. You need to make decisions on how to handle transactions, lazy loading, detached object (think web frameworks), inheritance, and more. And it turns out that the books and the articles don't really help you here.
InfoQ: FlexMonkey 1.0 Released – FlexMonkey is an open source testing tool for Flex and AIR applications. FlexMonkey provides for the capture, replay, and verification of Flex user interface functionality. FlexMonkey generates ActionScript-based testing scripts that can be run from the FlexMonkey application or included within a continuous integration environment.
First Steps to Scala – In this article, you'll follow twelve steps that are designed to help you understand and gain some basic skills in the Scala programming language.
InfoQ: Dion Hinchcliffe on Web 2.0 and Web Oriented Architecture – Dion Hinchcliffe is an advocate of Web 2.0 and the Web Oriented Architecture. He explains how a mindset shift helped some companies be very successful using the Web 2.0 model while others have failed. He also considers that eventually most companies will migrate to WOA because we are living in an increasingly networked world.
Jackson JSON Processor – Home – There is a nice and fast XML / JSON parser with the name Jackson. It is especially useful for fast XML parsing and JSON processing with JAXB support.
Introducing Java DB 10.5.1.1 – The next major release of Java DB, version 10.5.1.1, is now available for download. Java DB is Sun's supported distribution of the Apache Derby open-source database. Java DB is 100 percent Java technology and easy to use. Don't be fooled by its small JAR file (2.5M): This free database is fast, reliable, and packed with features
InfoQ: Spring Framework 3.0, The Next Generation – Juergen Hoeller co-founder of Spring Framework, sees 3.0 as the completion of what was started with 2.5. Some topics covered in his presentation are: more annotation-based configuration options, Unified EL++, REST, Portlet 2.0 and Java EE6 support.
Java Entrepreneur: AMR: Oracle/Sun to ‘Wreak Havoc’ on Enterprise Software Market – Of the top 50 software vendors ranked by AMR, two-thirds have applications that require Java, including many Oracle competitors… 'Not only will vendors be impacted by the fragile economy, but 33 out of the top 50 vendors will have to reevaluate their commitment to the Java programming language,' said AMR vice president Dennis Gaughan," Gage writes
RESTful Web Services Cookbook – RESTful Web Services Cookbook is a book for programmers designing and developing RESTful web services, to be published by O'Reilly and Yahoo! Press by the end of 2009. This book is currently a work in progress.
Easier testing with EasyMock – Join Elliotte Rusty Harold for a look at some hard unit tests made easy through mock objects — more specifically, the EasyMock framework. This open source library saves you time and helps make your mock-object code concise and legible.
InfoQ: 13 Reasons for Java Programmers to Learn Flex and BlazeDS – This article outlines the 13 reasons why Java programmers should learn Flex and BlazeDS. It talks about why Flex with BlazeDS is one of the best choices for developing rich Internet applications (RIAs)—from highly interactive websites to enterprise applications with Java back ends
Google Launches Public Data Search & Charts During Wolfram Alpha Demo – Google promises to add public data for answers on prices of cookies, CO2 emissions, asthma frequency, high school graduation rates, bakers’ salaries, number of wildfires amongst others. Currently this data is coming from produced and published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Division, but Google does hope to bring in more public data sources.
NPR: Power Hungry: Visualizing The U.S. Electric Grid – The U.S. electric grid is a complex network of independently owned and operated power plants and transmission lines. Aging infrastructure, combined with a rise in domestic electricity consumption, has forced experts to critically examine the status and health of the nation's electrical systems.
Op-Ed Columnist – To Tweet or Not to Tweet – NYTimes.com – I was here on a simple quest: curious to know if the inventors of Twitter were as annoying as their invention. (They’re not. They’re charming.) I sat down with Biz Stone, 35, and Evan Williams, 37, and asked them to justify themselves.
Should Your Company Have a Social Media Policy? – Companies are realizing that people are talking about them whether they like it or not. As a result, they’re deciding whether they should consider having a social media presence, and hence, a policy. A social media policy outlines for employees the corporate guidelines or principles of communicating in the online world.