BOWER: A package manager for the web – yum/apt-get for the web – Bower is a package manager for the web. It offers a generic, unopinionated solution to the problem of front-end package management, while exposing the package dependency model via an API that can be consumed by a more opinionated build stack. There are no system wide dependencies, no dependencies are shared between different apps, and the dependency tree is flat.
15 hot programming trends — and 15 going cold – What follows is a list of what's hot — and what's not — among today's programmers. Not everyone will agree with what's A-listed, what's D-listed, and what's been left out. But that's what makes programming an endlessly fascinating profession: rapid change, passionate debate, sudden comebacks.
The Four Stages of Disruption – While I was speaking with some entrepreneurs recently on the topic, the question kept coming up: “If we’re so aware of disruption, then why do successful products (or companies) keep getting disrupted?”
The Science of Choosing EC2 Reserved Instances – In this talk, Cloudability VP of Product Development Toban Zolman walks you through the most common scenarios for RIs, shows you how to make the best possible decisions for RI purchases, and how to significantly reduce the time needed to make those decisio
7 Ways to be a Better Programmer in 2014 – Programming – Coders make resolutions, no? If your to-do-better list is still empty, consider these ideas from other programmers to put to use in the New Year. Even the smartest folks have room to grow. The following excerpts are contained in the book 97 Things Every Pro
How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood – To understand how people look for movies, the video service created 76,897 micro-genres. We took the genre descriptions, broke them down to their key words, … and built our own new-genre generator.
Why I’m interested in Bitcoin – Chris Dixon – I believe the only way the technology industry can offer meaningfully improved financial services is by building new services that don’t depend on incumbent companies. Bitcoin is a serious proposal for dramatically improving the payments industry. There a
Jackson – Unmarshall to Collection/Array – Mapping json arrays to java collections is one of the more common tasks that Jackson is used for, and these solutions are vital to get to a correct, type-safe mapping.
The Decline of IE and Firefox – Windows and IE are dying under the assault of iPads and other tablets from the left, and Chromebooks from the right. This is not surprising, or even news to people who spend a lot of time in the tech world. What surprised me recently was how precipitous th
Ketosis – advantaged or misunderstood state? – In part I of this post I will see to it (assuming you read it) that you’ll know more about ketosis than just about anyone, including your doctor or the majority of “experts” out there writing about this topic.
Leveraging PhoneGap within Sencha Touch – With the release of Sencha Touch 2.3 and Sencha Cmd 4, creating your cross platform hybrid applications has never been easier. PhoneGap is now a key feature in the Sencha Touch mobile workflow integrating seamlessly into the newly released, NodeJS based, P
Mobile dev chops? Cloud infrastructure skills? You’re hired! – Hiring more contractors than full-time staff, placing data center and cloud expertise over more conventional IT skills, emphasizing mobile rather than desktop development, and more fine-grained ways to find the right people for the right jobs — these are
Announcing Suro: Backbone of Netflix’s Data Pipeline – Suro, which we are proud to announce as our latest offering as part of the NetflixOSS family, serves as the backbone of our data pipeline. It consists of a producer client, a collector server, and plugin framework that allows events to be dynamically filte
Java 8 first steps with Lambdas and Streams – Java 8 will bring the largest changes on the platform since the introduction of Generics in version 1.5. It’s on the time to look at some of the most important innovations.
Banks need to take on Amazon and Google or die – FT.com – Technology has already transformed many industries. Next in line is banking. In two or three years, only 5 per cent of consumer interaction will be through branches. The rules have changed and a new league of competitors is emerging.
Application Resilience in a Service-oriented Architecture – Programming – Engineering resilience into an application is critical to achieving fault and latency tolerance. Operational considerations and support by client applications are equally important. These principles can be applied in many different ways and approaches will differ by language, technology stack, and personal preference but hopefully our experiences, and perhaps even our open source software, can inspire improved resilience in your systems.
Nginx for Developers: An Introduction – After struggling with it myself for a bit, I finally got down the basics of how to work with nginx, and wanted to share it so that other developers would have an easier time picking it up.
Using Native APIs in Sencha Desktop Packager | Blog | Sencha – Sencha Desktop Packager lets you to take an existing web application and deploy it as a desktop application. You can also integrate with the native platform by using additional APIs to create menus, show file dialogs, and access the file system. In this bl
Deploy Java Apps With Docker = Awesome | Atlassian Blogs – What I liked about Docker is how responsive and quick it is and the insta-repeatability that it delivers. Spawning up a new container takes literally the same time it takes to run the command on bare metal. It’s a joy to behold!
Guitar Handbook Download with Berklee Online | Berkleemusic.com – Get a taste of Berklee's legendary guitar instruction in our free downloadable Guitar Handbook. This extensive PDF contains lessons taken from Berklee's 12-week online guitar courses, and covers introductory topics such as scales, triads, strumming techniq
Microsoft Windows 8 criticism response: not like New Coke | BGR – Microsoft executive Frank Shaw is not happy with everyone who compared Windows 8 to New Coke this week. Shaw, who serves as Microsoft’s vice president of corporate communications, has written a blog post swiping back at media outlets who bashed the company
Quantitative Finance Reading List – QuantStart – I've tried to list as many great quantitative finance books as I can. The lists cover general quant finance, careers guides, interview prep, quant trading, mathematics, numerical methods and programming in C++, Python, Excel, MatLab and R.
Galaxy S4 Crams in More Software, Some of It Good – NYTimes.com – For everyone else, the S4 may be buggy in spots and laden with not-quite-there features. But the basics are excellent; this phone is still a fast, bright, handsome pocket rocket. It easily earns its place as a successor to the Galaxy S3 and a rival to the
Atlassian – Git Flow Comes to Java – Git Flow is a branching and merging model introduced by Vincent Driessen that provides a little bit of structure to your development workflow.
Create ipa in Sencha Touch 2 – A guide to Sencha Touch native packaging iOS – Using sencha touch 2 you can create web applications that look like native. You can host application in your server and run in webkit enabled browser, either in smartPhone or PC. Native packaging lets you export web app as ipa for iOS or apk for android (lets you Create ipa in Sencha Touch). You can then use these packages to submit in app store or play store.
Make Your UI More Responsive with HTML5 Web Workers – Web workers can be a very useful and empowering feature but they do have some limitations. All communication into and out of your web workers is done by passing in and out data in the form of messages. All data is passed by value meaning that any object r
Diving into AngularJS | Float Left – These are just my initial thoughts after playing with the framework for a day and maybe I’ll change my mind after I’ve used it more extensively but right now I’m loving Angular and can’t see myself choosing Backbone the next time I start a big front end JS
Tabris 1.0: Cross-platform Mobile Development in Java – After three years in development, EclipseSource has released Tabris 1.0, a cross-platform Java mobile development framework for iOS and Android. Tabris is targeted at enterprises, and unlike other mobile solutions out there it uses a different approach:
The Play Framework at LinkedIn | LinkedIn Engineering – We’ve been running Play 2.0 in production for several months and are now gradually rolling it out to more teams at LinkedIn. In this blog post, I'll talk about the benefits we've seen from Play, show a brief walk-through of the developer experience, and ta
Smart Path Variables for Spring MVC in IntelliJ IDEA 12 – The latest release of IntelliJ IDEA brings many exciting features for Spring MVC support. In this post we would like to highlight some of them, which add even more intelligence for @RequestMapping and @PathVariable usages in your project.
Build a Spatial JEE6 Application with JAX-RS, CDI, and MongoDB | OpenShift by Red Hat – The series that started with MongoDB and spatial point data now has a web service in Python, Node.JS, and Ruby Sinatra. Now we will take that same web service and port it to JEE6 with JBoss EAP 6 on Openshift. The two primary concepts this post will demonstrate are JAX-RS for making REST type web services and CDI for carrying out simple context dependency injection.
Adrian Cockcroft on Architecture for the Cloud – In this interview we talk with Adrian Cockcroft, the architect for Netflix’s cloud systems team. We discuss how Netflix combines 300 loosely coupled services across 10,000 machines. An interesting revelation is that they fully embrace continuous delivery and each team is allowed to deploy new versions of their service whenever they want.
Programming language trends – 2012 review | Jobs Tractor – PHP and Java up on top with over 12k jobs each and very little distance between them. Objective C is next up but below 10k jobs at around 9k in total. As we get to number 4 (SQL) we're already close to 5k which shows just how much Java and PHP are dominating the stats. Android skills came in at number 5 with close to half the number of jobs which had been listed for Objective C
nealford.com • Why Everyone (Eventually) Hates (or Leaves) Maven – Maven is perfect for starting new projects: it ensures consistency and provides a huge bang for the buck in terms of already existing functionality. But because something starts strong doesn’t mean that it scales well (in fact, almost always the opposite is true). The real trick is to use Maven until the day it starts fighting you, then find an alternative
Getting Started with Django – "Getting Started with Django" (or GSWD) is a series of video-based lessons meant to take you from novice to competent, or maybe even beyond.
Spring Framework 3.2 – Themes and Trends – YouTube – Join Juergen Hoeller, Chris Beams and Rossen Stoyanchev to learn about the 3.2 generation of the Spring Framework. They will discuss the fine-tuned Java 7 support, container optimizations, and first-class support for asynchronous web request processing.
VMware Spins Out SpringSource, Cloud Foundry and GemFire – Following months of speculation, VMware has officially announced plans to transfer many of its tier 2 technologies, including the Spring framework, distributed in-memory data cache GemFire, the Cloud Foundry PaaS, and Hadoop analytics tool Cetas, to parent company EMC as part of a newly formed initiative called Pivotal.
Netflix Log4J Optimizations Yield Logging at Massive Scale – Blitz4k, Netflix’ internally optimized version of log4j, has been released to Github. Blitz4j efficiently generates logs within a massively concurrent and heavy traffic environment while consuming fewer resources than other, more traditional logging technologies. It achieves this by overriding sections of log4j’s code where synchronization and deadlocks may occur.
How People Change – NYTimes.com – It’s a lousy leadership model. Don’t try to bludgeon bad behavior. Change the underlying context. Change the behavior triggers. Displace bad behavior with different good behavior. Be oblique. Redirect.
How Amazon Followed Google Into the World of Secret Servers – “It will be interesting to see, over the next 10 years or so, how successful the traditional server vendors will be competing against that kind of server capacity,” Pinkham says. “Once developers realize they can use this much cheaper, homogenous infrastructure, the power may shift toward the folks who build the cheapest, simplest hardware.”
Supporting Mobile Devices in a Web Application – The purpose of this paper was to prepare the reader for possible issues when preparing a web application for mobile deployment. The paper is an exercise to help the reader gain some experience prior to having to do the same.
Jesper’s Blog: My Take on Haskell vs Scala – I've used both Haskell and Scala for some time now. They are both excellent and beautifully designed functional programming languages and I thought it would be interesting to put together a little comparison of the two, and what parts I like and dislike in each one
Netflix open sources cloud-testing Chaos Monkey – Netflix has open sourced Chaos Monkey, a service designed to terminate cloud computing instances in a controlled manner so companies can ensure their applications keep running when a virtual server dies unexpectedly. In the past year, Chaos Monkey has terminated more than 65,000 of Netflix’s instances.
JAMP: an ultra portable PHP, web server and database stack in Java – This tutorial describes how to set up the PHP and database stack in the Jetty web server. First we set up a web application (webapp for short) in Java which can interpret .php files using Quercus. Then we setup the H2 database engine. Last, we setup the part where PHP can connect to H2 while actually thinking it is MySQL that it's connecting to (using H2's MySQL compatibility mode, because PHP does not have support for H2). Here we go!
Lessons Learned in Deploying PaaS – Colin Humphreys discusses PaaS: why they chose a certain PaaS solution for their customers, PaaS in ALM, lessons learned from their experiences and what to expect from different PaaS vendors.
The Netflix Tech Blog: Lessons Netflix Learned from the AWS Storm – Netflix made the decision to move from the data center to the cloud several years ago . While it’s easy and common to blame the cloud for outages because it’s outside of our control, we found that our overall availability over the past several years has steadily improved
Lance Walton on Scala in the Enterprise – Lance Walton discusses Scala in the enterprise, educating developers in functional programming and whether Scala's binary compatibility issues between releases are a problem, and much more.