Sketching: the Visual Thinking Power Tool – Sketching provides a unique space that can help you think differently, generate a variety of ideas quickly, explore alternatives with less risk, and encourage constructive discussions with colleagues and clients.
Data Wrangler – Wrangler is an interactive tool for data cleaning and transformation.
Spend less time formatting and more time analyzing your data
weightshift/The-Personal-Page at master – GitHub – This simple one-page website is a way for people to have a very quick and easy personable website that aggregates your activity and positions a simple logo, a portrait and some description text in a nicely-formatted manner.
Quora’s Technology Examined | Phil Whelan’s Blog – Quora is a great example of a modern tech start-up. They are very small team who understand the technologies they are using very well. They have made considered choices in the technology they have selected and have a good vision of which components would be better written from scratc
InfoQ: Characteristics of an Agile Organization – There are some patterns I see over and over that are fundamental to a successful agile adoption, or a large scale enterprise agile transformation. Here are the ones I think are most important and why.
InfoQ: Clojure-Java Interop: A Better Java than Java – Stuart Dabbs Halloway, after reviewing Clojure’s syntax comparing it with Java, explains how Clojure-Java interoperability works. He then talks about the need for simplicity in languages, attempting to prove that Clojure is a simpler language, and consequently better, than Java.
Why I Sold Zappos – Tony Hsieh built his online shoe retailer into an e-commerce powerhouse. But with credit tightening and investors eyeing the exits, Hsieh was forced to ask: Was selling Zappos really the only way to save it?
A HTML5 Primer for the Overwhelmed — Ext JS Blog – Although there are many excellent resources out there describing details of HTML5, including the core specification itself, they are generally technical and many of them are out of synch with the current state of the specs. So, we thought a short primer on HTML5 might be in order.
The reason Robbie Bach was fired | Asymco – If HP felt they needed to go somewhere else for their mobile OS, it’s a slap in the face, but if they buy the asset and IP and internalize a competing platform, then that is a dagger to the heart for Ballmer.
InfoQ: Facebook: Moving Fast at Scale – Robert Johnson discusses Facebook’s approach to scalability issues resulting from a large growth of the user base. He talks about: why one needs to prepare for horizontal and not vertical scalability, very short release cycles which are better because they introduce fewer bugs, the need to streamline to deploying process for short release cycles, and making the entire process faster every day
Google’s Economic Impact | 2009 – Google's not just a search engine. We've also helped hundreds of businesses in every U.S. state to grow. Across the U.S., Google's search and advertising tools generated $54 billion of economic activity in 2009.
Java Code Geeks: Getting Started with YouTube Java API – In this tutorial I am taking a look at Google's YouTube API which allows you to empower your application with YouTube's features. YouTube is one of the “killer” Internet applications and its traffic comprises of a huge portion of the total internet traffic.
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.
Sun jilted in Oracle big-systems love • The Register – That was a triple whammy directed at Sun. Not only was Oracle endorsing low-cost Intel boxes over Sun's mighty Sparc to power the server farms that run cloud data centers – an area where Sun has been heavily pushing Sparc – but she was also hitting Sun's Sparc Niagara processor family in an area where Sun has been making a lot of noise: power consumption.
Without further ado: Reverie « Vincent Laforet’s Blog – I’m proud to finally share this short film with everyone – no time for words – let’s let the moving images do the talking… Here is the raw footage (downsized to 1/4 resolution) from the prototype EOS 5D MKII that Canon allowed me to borrow over a 72 hour period.
Rands In Repose: Impossible – What’s important when the CEO asks for the impossible is that he’s pushing the definition of possibility for what the team can accomplish. Maybe your CEO only has an idea, and can only feel the possibility in what he’s asking, but it’s not his job to make it all happen. That’s where you come in. You’re the person responsible for transforming the feel, the intuition, the glimpse of a plan, and the confidence into knowing and doing.
Amazon adds Oracle support to EC2 | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com – The move will give Amazon’s cloud services some serious enterprise heft. In a blog post, Amazon said it will offer EC2 services preloaded with Oracle’s software–Enterprise Linux, Database 11g, Fusion Middleware, Enterprise Manager and developer tools–as well as support options.
Direct Reports : Everybody (Why Leave IIS?) – If you have gotten a chance to try an early build of SQL Server Reporting 2008 Reporting Services, you know that one of the changes in the product is the removal of the Internet Information Services (IIS) dependency.
Google Visualization API – Google Code – The Google Visualization API lets you access multiple sources of structured data that you can display, choosing from a large selection of visualizations. The Google Visualization API also provides a platform that can be used to create, share and reuse visualizations written by the developer community at large.
Ext JS – Ext 2.2 Released – We are pleased to announce the release of Ext 2.2, a fully backwards-compatible maintenance release of Ext. This is a recommended upgrade for all Ext 2.x users as it not only adds many new components and examples, but also provides a host of important bug
InfoQ: FXStruts: Developing Flex-Friendly Struts Application – FxStruts is a free open source library that provides the same functionality as bean:write except that the output is in AMF or XML format. Simply point it to any plain Java object and you get Flex friendly AMF or XML output with ActionErrors and transactio
Coding Horror: Quantity Always Trumps Quality – When it comes to software, the same rule applies. If you aren't building, you aren't learning. Rather than agonizing over whether you're building the right thing, just build it. And if that one doesn't work, keep building until you get one that does.
Alex Miller – Java 7 Prediction Update – I just realized due to a forum thread that it’s been about 7 months since I posted my Java 7 Predictions. So, it seems like a good time to update those predictions
Lightstreamer on Firefox 3 – In this video I will show the seamless behavior of the "engine migration mechanism". Then, I will increase the number of tabs concurrently displaying real-time data. I will stop at 10 tabs, due to the CPU consumption of the screen recording software.
SEC OKs websites and blogs for Reg. FD | IR Web Report – UNDER certain circumstances, companies can rely on their websites and blogs to meet the public disclosure requirements under Regulation FD, according to new guidance unanimously approved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission today
zeromq: Fastest. Messaging. Ever. – Our mission with ØMQ ("ZeroMQ") is to build the fastest messaging ever. The way to get performance is to optimise the whole software and hardware stack together. So, we are developing ØMQ closely with major hardware firms