Why Microsoft .Net failed – Microsoft tried, but it couldn't win the hearts and minds of developers who weren't already indoctrinated — and it alienated others along the way
CSS Sprites vs. Data URIs: Which is Faster on Mobile? | Mobify – Based on this research, I recommend limiting the use of data URIs to very small resources and to not use too many of them in your CSS or inline HTML. 15-20kB for max data URI size, and no more than 3 – 5 instances seems like a good rule of thumb for mobile!
Celluloid: Actor-based Concurrent Objects for Ruby – Celluloid is a concurrent object oriented programming framework for Ruby which lets you build multithreaded programs out of concurrent objects just as easily as you build sequential programs out of regular objects
Java 7 Sockets Direct Protocol – Write Once, Run Everywhere …. and Run (Some Places) Blazingly – This article will survey the new Java Sockets Direct Protocol (SDP) technology, a very exciting breakthrough that was recently introduced in the Java 7 SDK. SDP empowers the Ultra High Performance Computing (UHPC) community to use Java’s ubiquitously common features and merits for a very uncommon use case: native access to the InfiniBand Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) capability
Firefox, Chrome strengthen in-browser debugging – JavaWorld – Google has been paying attention to Web developers as well, updating its Chrome Developer Tools (DevTools), a set of Web authoring and debugging tools built into the Google Chrome browser. Perhaps the most notable update is the introduction of Workspaces, a built-in source code editor that could eliminate the small but still frequent process of flipping between an external code editor and a browser to check a newly edited Web page
Holacracy | Social Technology for Purposeful Organization – The Holacracy governance process is not governance “of the people, by the people, and for the people” – it is governance of the organization, through the people, for the purpose. It liberates an organization to find and express its deepest creative capaci
The management framework that propelled LinkedIn to a $20 billion company – Weiner believes getting your “boat” to the best possible destination requires a clearly-articulated vision and mission. These statements ultimately inform and invigorate a company’s strategy and objectives. Perhaps most importantly, leaders need to talk the talk and walk the walk on their professed values to keep the entire company unified and moving in the right direction.
ORMs vs SQL: The JPA Story – previously wrote about ORMs vs SQL and received a lot of reaction to it–most of it positive. Some of it was predictable ("you don't know what you're talking about (because you don't agree with me)") but one reaction from a couple of people surprised me: they took my post to mean that I was against persistence abstractions. I will now expand on those points with a specific example: the Java Persistence API ("JPA").
Introducing Siesta: A Testing Tool for Ext JS | Blog | Sencha – Testing your code brings lots of advantages, perhaps the biggest one is that it increases your confidence in your codebase. How do you know your code actually works? How do you know if a small change in the core of your application is safe or if it breaks some feature? The only way is to actually manually verify each and every feature of your system—but that’s not realistic unless you have a test suite.
Scale Fail (part 1) [LWN.net] – Companies hire me to "fix the database" because they think it's the source of their performance and downtime problems. This is very rarely the case. Failure to scale is almost always the result of poor management decisions
InfoQ: IT And Architecture: Inside-Out Perspectives – The enterprise that understands the need for a coherent strategy within IT to meet the needs of the business, will invest in a business architecture consisting of a business activity model and a business information model
InfoQ: JasperSoft 4 Released with Big Data Support – JasperSoft this week announced support for reporting against big data systems, including support for a variety of modes for reporting on Hadoop, several popular NoSQL databases, as well as three MPP analytic relational databases
InfoQ: How Facebook Ships Code – most engineers are capable of writing bug-free code. it’s just that they don’t have an incentive to do so at most companies. when there’s a QA department, it’s easy to just throw it over to them to find the errors.
InfoQ: Proving the Business Value of SOA – Anne Thomas Manes discusses SOA goals and objectives used to measure a system’s success, measuring the business value, SOA project metrics, and recommendations on proving the business value of SOA.
InfoQ: Developing Social-Ready Web Applications – Craig Walls discusses social web applications, how to integrate them, how to provide social data in a RESTful and secure way, introducing Spring Social, a framework for developing social web apps.
InfoQ: SOA Security in Practice – Nicolai M. Josuttis discusses various issues encountered when implementing SOA security: heterogeneity and debugging are problematic, ESB plays an important role, and costs involved.
InfoQ: Continuous Delivery – Jez Humble talks on the importance of Continuous Delivery for a business, outlining the foundational principles and practices to be implemented for a successful CD, explaining how to do continuous integration, various ways of testing, canary releasing, and migrating data.
Arduino – HomePage – Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments
Crap4j Home – The CRAP metric combines cyclomatic complexity and code coverage from automated tests (e.g. JUnit tests) to help you identify code that might be particularly difficult to understand, test, or maintain
Best CSS3 Animation Demos and Tutorials – Today we are showcasing a post on CSS3 Animation featuring best awesome functions. CSS3 is full of amazing features, some of which are less explored. One of its most amazing feature is CSS3 Animation, which is fun and frolic
InfoQ: Josh Bloch on Java and Programming – In this interview, Google’s Josh Bloch shares his views on the open-source Java landscape as well as on the future of the Java language, including changes being implemented via Project Coin. Bloch also discusses support for multi-core in programming languages, support for multiple languages on the JVM, Java pain points and the next big language.
KT Tunstall On World Cafe : NPR – In an age where the phrase "pop star" usually brings to mind flamboyant divas, Scottish pop-rock star KT Tunstall stands out. With a sound that seems to mesh Melissa Etheridge, Fiona Apple and Dido, she produces heartfelt music in a pop format with a knack for uncluttered, catchy songs.
Assessing Ray Ozzie’s impact at Microsoft | Beyond Binary – CNET News – With nimble and powerful rivals like the Google and the Apple outmaneuvering Microsoft at various turns, the company needs not just someone adept at the helm, but also someone who knows the ins and outs of the waves well enough to spot foul weather on the horizon and plot a new course.
jQuery Mobile Alpha 1 Released | jQuery Mobile – Today we’re pleased to announce the first alpha release of the jQuery Mobile project. jQuery Mobile is a user interface framework, built on top of jQuery, designed to simplify the process of building applications that target mobile devices.
skipfish – web application security scanne – Skipfish is an active web application security reconnaissance tool. It prepares an interactive sitemap for the targeted site by carrying out a recursive crawl and dictionary-based probes
The Secret to Having Happy Employees – You’re the Boss Blog – NYTimes.com – I have learned the long, hard and frustrating way that as a manager you cannot make everyone happy. You can try, you can listen, you can solve some problems, you can try some more. Good management requires training, counseling and patience, but there comes a point when you are robbing the business of precious time and energy.
A Simple Java class for Amazon SimpleSQS – With such a beautiful service such as the Amazon Simple Queue Service, it shouldn't be wrapped up with a lot of complicated layers of classes for utilizing. That is why I developed the simple POJO, single class method for utilising Amazon SQS from within Java
Welcome to Solr – Solr is an open source enterprise search server based on the Lucene Java search library, with XML/HTTP and JSON APIs, hit highlighting, faceted search, caching, replication, a web administration interface and many more features
Generate PDFs with XStream and XSL-FO – In this article, you saw how easily you can create a PDF document from Java business objects using XStream and XSL-FO. The separation of concerns allows you to isolate the view from the business objects, thus you can change the view (PDF document) without having to modify the Java code
beet – Beet records user behavior and performance data for your Spring-based Java application. It can thus help you to analyze usage patterns and research production performance issues.
InfoQ: Hypertable – An Open Source, High Performance, Scalable Database – This presentation discusses Hypertable, an open source, high performance, distributed database modeled after Google's Bigtable. Doug discusses the differences between Hypertable and traditional database technology, support for massive sparse tables, scaling to petabytes size, and how Hypertable is designed to run on top of an existing distributed file system, such as the Hadoop DFS.
Clojure vs Scala, Part 2 | Code Monkeyism – There are two languages stirring up the Java World: Clojure and Scala. Clojure a Lisp dialect on the JVM, powerful and pure and the Scala language a tight integration of object and functional programming. Which should you learn?
InfoQ: Born To Cycle – Agile development is not about doing a set of practices, it's about a way of "being," it's about learning. How is this learning accomplished? By taking brief pauses after small experiments, even large problems can be solved. In a recent Harvard Business Review interview of Toyota's president, he observed, "…when 70 years of very small improvements accumulate, they become a revolution."
InfoQ: Measuring Agility, Craftsmanship, and Success – David Starr has looked at how and why an organization might want to measure things like: agility, craftsmanship, and organizational success. He found craftsmanship relatively easy to measure, while agility was the most difficult to measure in a useful way.
InfoQ: Introduction to Virtual Service Oriented Grids – Virtual service-oriented grids have the capacity to fundamentally change the way business is conducted in much the same way that the Internet did by reinserting a middleman in the form of software, rather than human. The key to this paradigm shift lies in services, the abstraction of interoperability and reuse.
SOA and TOGAF: A Good Fit? – Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a style of architecture and The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is an architecture framework. The combination sounds promising, but do they play well together
Cay Horstmann’s Blog: Upgrading to Eclipse Galileo – I just installed Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo)—it seemed a more attractive thing to do than actually getting my work done. Fortunately, I only need three Eclipse plugins right now. Here is how they fared with Galileo
Clojure: Challenge your Java assumptions – JavaWorld – Clojure is a dynamic functional language for the JVM, recently released in version 1.0. Clojure offers a new set of programming techniques for robust code and rapid development. In particular, it has new solutions for multicore computing. Whether you make the shift to Clojure or stick to Java, learning about this new language will challenge your assumptions about the best way to design software.
Why Microsoft is Losing Browser Share | Zoho Blogs – Why is Microsoft losing share? I would submit that it ultimately had to do with their fateful decision to tightly weld together the browser and the operating system. That must be the most bone-headed business decision in Microsoft's history