Things I wish I knew about MongoDB a year ago – I’ve used MongoDB for over a year at scale at both Heyzap and Bugsnag and along the way I’ve learnt many things the hard way. Here is a summary of the things I wish someone had told me earlier.
Why The Future Of Software And Apps Is Serverless – Going serverless lets developers shift their focus from the server level to the task level. Serverless solutions let developers focus on what their application or system needs to do by taking away the complexity of the backend infrastructure.
Cisco Edition of OpenStack released – Cisco released the Cisco Edition of OpenStack that contains all the core OpenStack services for Essex and Folsom, along with installation scripts and other open source components to make it easier to install and run in production
Mapping The Entertainment Ecosystems of Apple, Microsoft, Google & Amazon – It’s interesting to note that all four of the companies listed have various different core business models (hardware, search, retail, software) but they have all in recent years come to create personal computing devices with their own operating system running on top of the device and additionally these entertainment ecosystems
OOCSS + SASS = The best way to CSS by Ian Storm Taylor – Object-oriented CSS is awesome. But littering your markup with non-semantic classes is not awesome. Those classes sprinkled all over your HTML are going to change, and that’s not gonna be fun. But if you combine OOCSS and SASS you get the best of both worlds: modular CSS without bloated, hard-to-maintain HTML
JDBI : Convenient SQL for Java – JDBI is a SQL convenience library for Java. It attempts to expose relational database access in idiommatic Java, using collections, beans, and so on, while maintaining the same level of detail as JDBC
Hibernate Search and JPA tutorial – Hibernate search can be used to apply the powerful full text search engines (like Apache Lucene) to your applications. Hibernate search futher address some shortcomings of Apache Lucene since it takes care of index synchronization and manages correctly the transformation from free text queries to domain objects.
ProGuard – A free Java class file shrinker, optimizer, obfuscator, and preverifier – ProGuard is a free Java class file shrinker, optimizer, obfuscator, and preverifier. It detects and removes unused classes, fields, methods, and attributes. It optimizes bytecode and removes unused instructions. It renames the remaining classes, fields, and methods using short meaningless names. Finally, it preverifies the processed code for Java 6 or for Java Micro Edition.
GWT 2.5 SuperDevMode and Google App Engine – Now an Amazing Combination – With the advent of GWT's new SuperDevMode (SDM), you can easily modify your Java client code and see it quickly reflected in GAE's development environment without any restart necessary. This is an addition to the other native Java debugging features introduced as a result of SDM. Below is a quick screencast of this capability:
MongoDB SQL Server Importer – If you want a quick (but kinda dirty) way to import your SQL Server database to MongoDB, this is your tool. MongoDB SQL Server Importer (Sql2Mongo) is for those who wants to leverage their existing database to learn MongoDB.
Extreme Performance with Java – Charlie Hunt explains what can be done to lower the latency introduced by the Java GC and JIT, including coding tips, and introducing tools for tuning the performance of Java applications.
Protean Echo | Fuse all your cards into one – Echo is the last payment card you'll ever carry. It's your debit, credit, loyalty, and prepaid cards – even your student ID – all combined into a single, elegantly crafted card.
Legit – Git Workflow for Humans – Legit is a complementary command-line interface for Git, optimized for workflow simplicity. It is heavily inspired by GitHub for Mac.
Automating Unit Tests | Blog | Sencha – Unit tests are an important part of the software development process. By clearly defining what we expect from our code, unit tests allow us to develop a high degree of confidence that our applications will function as intended. Automating our unit tests reduces the number of bugs and decreases the amount of time we need to spend manually testing our code.
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.
Nexus 7 review | The Verge – Google’s Nexus 7 isn’t just an excellent tablet for $200. It’s an excellent tablet, period. In fact, it’s the first Android tablet that I can confidently recommend to buyers — and not just because it’s got a low price tag (though that certainly helps). It’s a well-designed, powerful, and useful product, with lots of bells and whistles that makes it feel like a device that should be more expensive than it is.
Dave McCrory Unveils Initial Formula for Principle of Data Gravity – Data Gravity is a theory around which data has mass. As data (mass) accumulates, it begins to have gravity. This Data Gravity pulls services and applications closer to the data. This attraction (gravitational force) is caused by the need for services and applications to have higher bandwidth and/or lower latency access to the data.
A Visual Git Reference – This page gives brief, visual reference for the most common commands in git. Once you know a bit about how git works, this site may solidify your understanding. If you're interested in how this site was created, see my GitHub repository.
Spring Data REST 1.0.0.RC1 Released | SpringSource.org – I'm pleased to announce the release of Spring Data REST 1.0.0.RC1! Beyond a number of bug fixes, this release adds support for paging and sorting and makes it easier to integrate Spring Data REST into an existing Spring MVC application.
High Availability & Disaster Recovery for Apache CloudStack – The features like high availability and disaster recovery reduce maintenance outage considerably and ensure that your infrastructure is available to you for maximum time. CloudStack is a way ahead in incorporating these features than other cloud providers.
Welcome to OpenStack – An Introduction – OpenStack is an open source platform for building massively scalable cloud operating systems and can be used to power both public and private clouds. Diablo is the latest stable release of OpenStack.
Puppet Labs and EMC open source next-generation provisioning tool: Razor – Puppet Labs and EMC announced last month the availability of Razor, an open source cloud-provisioning tool that allows automated provisioning and inventory of bare metal machines as well as virtual machines based on user-defined tagging rules. The tool currently deploys as a Puppet module and is licensed under Apache 2.0.
Java IAQ: Infrequently Answered Questions – A question is infrequently answered either because few people know the answer or because it is about an obscure, subtle point (but a point that may be crucial to you). I thought I had invented the term, but it also shows up at the very informative About.com Urban Legends site. There are lots of Java FAQs around, but this is the only Java IAQ.
Khan Academy: The future of education? – CBS News – With the backing of Gates and Google, Khan Academy and its free online educational videos are moving into the classroom and across the world. Their goal: to revolutionize how we teach and learn. Sanjay Gupta reports
Leaving the Evil Empire – Tales from the Evil Empire – I have a conviction that this is only the beginning of a profound change in our societies, that innovation is considerably more likely to occur in cooperative networks of small structures than in large competing corporations.
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.
Red Hat Offers Its Cloud APIs as Industry Standard – PCWorld – As the industry call for cloud interoperability grows more fervent, open-source enterprise software company Red Hat has submitted its cloud platform, Deltacloud, to the DMTF (Distributed Management Task Force) as a potential standard for cloud interoperability
The Top 5 New Annotations in JPA 2 — Developer.com – In this article, we provide a reference list of the five most notable new annotations introduced in JPA 2, complete with code examples. We also highlight the changes made to existing JPA 1.x annotations in order to make them easier to use.
InfoQ: Feeding the Agile Beast – Dean Stevens proposes a way of integrating the business value concept into everyday Agile activity in order to achieve a higher value for an enterprise.
InfoQ: Standards and Open Source for Cloud Computing – OpenStack and Apache Deltacloud have similar goals – building lightweight REST APIs that allow cloud provider access via an HTTP network. OpenStack is more focused on public cloud service providers and Deltacloud is more focused on private clouds.
Errai – Errai is a framework for building GWT applications – Errai offers a set of components for building rich web applications using The Google Web Toolkit. The framework provides a unified federation and RPC infrastructure with true, uniform, asynchronous messaging across the client and server.
Dell offers free Web browser security tool – Computerworld – Dell, through its Kace unit, is making available free Web browser security software that works by creating a protective "sandbox" on the desktop to isolate the user's desktop from malware or other harmful actions that might be encountered browsing the Web.
OpenStack: An Open Source Cloud Project Emerges – OpenStack, an open-source cloud platform, which hopes to compete with several proprietary cloud platforms including those being developed by Microsoft and VMware. RackSpace is spearheading the project and is donating the code that powers its Cloud Files and Cloud Servers to the OpenStack project.
Closing the Tech Gap | The White House – What if senior management in an Agency – or anyone in the public – could identify and monitor the performance of IT projects just as easily as they could monitor the stock market or baseball scores? That’s what the IT dashboard does — and it’s changing the way government does business
InfoQ: Learnings from Five Years as a Skype Architect – This article summarizes six learnings from 55 months as an architecture team lead at Skype. Some of them will be technical while some will focus on softer aspects of an architects work. But first, some context.