Links for December 19th through December 21st

Links for November 17th through November 22nd

Links for October 31st through November 3rd

  • PhoneGap and Cordova with iOS 7 – Now that it’s officially available, I wanted to share my experience running and building PhoneGap / Cordova applications on iOS 7.
  • Putting big data and advanced analytics to work | McKinsey & Company – In a video feature, McKinsey director David Court explains how companies can improve their decisions and performance by getting powerful new tools in the hands of frontline managers.
  • Improved Java Tooling for Cloud Foundry – Pivotal has released several new components that enable developers using Java, Groovy, and other JVM languages to deploy applications to Cloud Foundry quickly and easily. This blog post will show the options available to JVM developers with this new toolin
  • 8 Reasons Why Even Microsoft Agrees the Windows Desktop is a Nightmare – The Windows desktop is a mess. Sure, it’s extremely powerful and has a huge software library, but it’s not a good experience for average people. It’s not even a good experience for geeks, although we tolerate it. Even Microsoft agrees about this. Microsoft’s Surface tablets with Windows RT don’t support any third-party desktop apps
  • The many reasons why Chrome OS is appealing – If the Chrome OS is “just a browser”, how can it be more appealing to some people given that other devices all have a browser and more? There are a number of reasons and an article we highlight explains them quite well.
  • Java EE 7 and IntelliJ IDEA 13. RESTful Web Services Made Easy – One of the notable changes coming in IntelliJ IDEA 13 is the developer tool set for Java EE 7, the cutting-edge version of Oracle’s enterprise Java platform. IntelliJ IDEA will offer support and productivity-boosting features for all Java EE specifications
  • Software-Defined Infrastructure, As Cloudy Now As Cloud Was – ReadWrite – Remember when everyone tried to define cloud computing? Turns out they're just as confused about software-defined infrastructure.
  • HealthCare.gov failed despite agile practices – In relation to HealthCare.gov, an agile process was implemented and the software was a national failure. This does not mean agile was the primary cause of that failure but it is not unreasonable to assume it played a part. My hope is that we can learn from
  • 16 Traits of Great IT Leaders – CIO.com – If you want to succeed as an IT leader you have to develop a set of traits that will serve you and those around you. Industry leaders and career experts share their thoughts on what behaviors make an IT leader great.

Links for October 27th through October 30th

  • Guava Collections Cookbook – This cookbook article is organized into small and focused recipes and code snippets for using Guava style collections.
  • Apple’s R&D up 32 percent in 2013, still dwarfed by rivals – Apple remains one of the smallest R&D spenders compared with its peers. Microsoft, for instance, spent $10.4 billion, or 13 percent of the company's revenue, on research during its 2013 fiscal year, which ran through June. There's also Google, which has spent $5.8 billion so far this year (and $9.8 billion in all of 2012), as well as Samsung, which spent around $10.5 billion on R&D last year and which is currently building a massive new facility in Silicon Valley.
  • Review: Mobile Web development frameworks face off – jQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch, Kendo UI, and Intel App Framework bring a native look and feel to Web apps for mobile devices
  • Mastering the building blocks of strategy – Increase your likelihood of developing effective strategies through an approach that’s thorough, action-oriented, and comfortable with debate and ambiguity.
  • The art of strategy | McKinsey & Company – Examining how strategies are created, implemented, and executed is a relatively recent practice. In this video interview, McKinsey’s Chris Bradley and Angus Dawson explain how strategic thought has evolved and where it is headed.
  • Cisco launches Internet of things division, eyes standardization – Cisco on Tuesday launched an Internet of things division that will focus on linking data, machines and people and the standards that go with them.
  • The Economist explains itself: Is The Economist left- or right-wing? – The Economist’s political stance – We like free enterprise and tend to favour deregulation and privatisation. But we also like gay marriage, want to legalise drugs and disapprove of monarchy. So is the newspaper right-wing or left-wing?
  • Webinar: Modern Component Design with Spring – YouTube – Speaker: Juergen Hoeller In recent years, the Spring Framework focuses on flexible and powerful Java-based configuration. This talk presents Spring as an annotation-oriented application framework, illustrating the rich set of features that Spring has to offer for modern component design. General component model trends will be discussed along with selected Spring feature highlights, such as standardized annotations for dependency injection, stereotypes, and declarative services such as validation and scheduling.
  • Microsoft makes available its Azure-based Hadoop service – Windows Azure HDInsight is "100 percent Apache Hadoop" and builds on top of HDP. HDInsight includes full compatibility with Apache Hadoop, as well as integration with Microsoft's own business-intelligence tools, such as Excel, SQL Server and PowerBI.
  • Google Search Serves Users From 600% More Locations than A Year Ago – From October 2012 to late July 2013, the number of locations serving Google’s search infrastructure increased from from a little less than 200 to a little more than 1400, and the number of ISPs grew from just over 100 to more than 850, according to the stu
  • Advanced Web Applications Using Symfony with Doctrine, Postgres, and Redis – My new book, Advanced Web Applications Using Symfony, will teach you the secrets behind building, deploying, and securing an advanced web application from the ground up!
  • Clojure from the ground up: welcome – This guide aims to introduce newcomers and experienced programmers alike to the beauty of functional programming, starting with the simplest building blocks of software. You’ll need a computer, basic proficiency in the command line, a text editor, and an i

Links for October 21st through October 25th

Links for October 6th through October 10th

Links for September 23rd through September 27th

Links for September 15th through September 23rd

  • For 2nd Generation of Surface, Tweaks From Microsoft – On Monday, Microsoft introduced a second generation of Surface tablets with only subtle adjustments from the originals, a sign that the company still believes in its vision of devices that blend the benefits of tablets and laptop computers. The most meaningful changes are under the hood, providing faster performance, better battery life and sharper screens.
  • Cutting Through the Cloud – NYTimes.com – Cutting Through the Cloud – NYTimes.com
  • What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong in his Theory of Low-End Disruption – Apple is – and, for at least the last 15 years, has been – focused exactly on the blind spot in the theory of low-end disruption. Differentiation based on design which, while it can’t be measured, can certainly be felt by consumers who are both buyers and
  • Doing well by doing good: A leader’s guide | McKinsey & Company – Addressing community problems increasingly requires cooperation among the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Here, three executives explain how a civic alliance in America’s Minneapolis–Saint Paul region may point toward an operating model.
  • Introduction to Java multitenancy – The IBM Multitenant JVM recently became available as part of the IBM Java™ 8 beta. By running multiple applications within a single multitenant JVM, a cloud system can speed applications' start times and reduce their memory footprint. This article introduc
  • iOS 7 Safari & New Web Platform Features – Today, iOS 7 ships with a new version of Mobile Safari which brings with it a whole slew of features that our team worked on! Here are some of the big ones we worked on and what they can help you with.
  • Deploymate helps you identify unavailable, deprecated and obsolete API usage in your Xcode projects – We've all been there. Your app is targeting an older OS version and you have used an API introduced later than your target OS. Xcode didn't warn you about it, did it? Now your app crashes
  • The Architecture of Open Source Applications – In these two books, the authors of four dozen open source applications explain how their software is structured, and why. What are each program's major components? How do they interact? And what did their builders learn during their development? In answeri
  • Spotify changes tune on Hadoop with switch to Hortonworks | ZDNet – Spotify's Hadoop infrastructure, which stood at about 30 nodes five years ago, is now described as Europe's largest commercial cluster, consisting of 690-nodes storing data from more than 24 million active users and six million subscribers.
  • RESTX, the lightweight Java REST framework – Introducing RESTX – the lightweight, modular, feature rich, blazing fast, open source Java REST framework
  • Move over WordPress? Microsoft throws its weight behind Ghost – Ghost, the node.js-based blogging platform that took Kickstarter by storm a few months ago, is set to release its first beta to the public in just a few weeks. Given the overwhelming dominance of WordPress in the blogging space, some may be surprised to see such a clamor around a new platform

Links for August 19th through August 29th

Links for July 11th through July 26th