Links for November 4th

  • Hibernate Should be to Programmers what Cake Mixes are to Bakers – Cake mixes consist of a mix of things you already have in your cupboard plus a load of unnecessary, potentially harmful preservatives. They cost more than making cake from scratch, the resulting cake tastes worse, they take away people’s confidence in their ability to make their own cakes, and they don’t even save you any time. Hibernate has the same misperceived benefits and the same draw-backs. Gordon Ramsay wouldn’t be caught dead using any cake mix. As professional programmers, we should be more skeptical of generic frameworks like Hibernate.
  • InfoQ: Should Enterprise Architecture Teams Be More Focused on Innovation? – Enterprise Architects may be disproportionally concerned with portfolio consolidation, standardization and simplification instead of offering leadership in business technology innovation. This is the proposition offered by Forrester analyst Brian Hopkins in a recent blog post.
  • dzone.com – Using MongoDB with Morphia – Morphia is a Java library which acts sort of like an ORM for MongoDB – it allows us to seamlessly map Java objects to the MongoDB datastore. It uses annotations to indicate which collection a class is stored in, and even supports polymorphic collections
  • GitHub Enterprise – Install GitHub on Your Servers – GitHub on Your Servers – A secure, intuitive system for enterprise software development and collaboration.
  • 10 Key Skills Architects Must Have to Deliver Value | Cutter Consortium – This Executive Report by Michael Rosen discusses the role of the architect and describes 10 activities that architects should perform to add value to projects.
  • 25 Secrets of the Browser Developer Tools – AndiSmith.com – Over the last few years there has been one tool that has helped out every web developer more than any other – the browser developer tools. Working in harmony with the web browser, the developer tools allows us to manipulate DOM elements, CSS styles, JavaScript and other useful information from the same window often in real time.

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Daily del.icio.us for December 27th through December 30th

  • La terraza de Aravaca: Lessons learned using GWT, Axis and JPA simultaneously – Here you have some lessons learned that should be taken into account when working with the Google Web Toolkit, Axis and any of the JPA implementations out there
  • PDF embed code generator – This code generator can generate two kinds of PDF embedding code: pure standards-compliant HTML markup, or JavaScript-based PDFObject code. The generator also makes it easy to customize your embed code using Adobe's optional PDF Open parameters.
  • JSP – Create Custom Tags for Beginners | Techie Zone – JSP Tags acts as a plugin to your JSP pages. These are basically Java Classes that get executed when jsp page get rendered by server and browser. JSP comes with in build Tags like jsp:include, jsp:forward, but they are not sufficient to cater to the Web World. To overcome this problem you can design tags based on your business requirement. This article will guide you how we can create an custom tags for JSP.
  • Design Pattern Interview Questions Part (3) – C#, ASP.Net, VB.Net – To give you a practical understanding i have put all these design patterns in a video format and uploaded on http://www.questpond.com/FreeDesign1.htm . You can visit http://www.questpond.com/ and download the complete architecture interview questions PDF which covers SOA , UML , Design patterns , Togaf , OOPs etc.
  • Memoization in Java Using Dynamic Proxy Classes | O’Reilly Media – Memoizing a function adds a transparent caching wrapper to the function, so that function values that have already been calculated are returned from a cache rather than being recomputed each time. Memoization can provide significant performance gains for computing-intensive calls. It is also a reusable solution to adding caching to arbitrary routines.
  • YUI Theater — Douglas Crockford: "Ajax Performance" » Yahoo! User Interface Blog – Douglas Crockford returns to YUI Theater with another chapter in his evolving lecture series. This session, “Ajax Performance,” debunks common misconceptions about the relationship between JavaScript and performance and gives engineers a core focus for improving the performance of web apps
  • giver – Google Code – Giver is a simple file sharing desktop application. Other people running Giver on your network are automatically discovered and you can send files to them by simply dragging the files to their photo or icon shown in Giver. There is no knowledge or set up needed beyond what the person looks like or their name to use Giver.
  • Google, WalMart, and MyBarackObama.com: The Power of the Real Time Enterprise – O’Reilly Radar – What do Google, WalMart, and MyBarackObama.com have in common, besides their extraordinary success? They are organizations that are infused with IT in such a way that it leads to a qualitative change in their entire business
  • Fast and ‘free’ beats steady and paid on MySQL • The Register – It appears that since being acquired by Sun Microsystems, MySQL's process has been slowed by a 30,000-person bureaucracy, and the open source community has the patience of a six year old.
  • InfoQ: Architecting for Green Computing – In an article entitled “Green Maturity Model for Virtualization”, Kevin Francis and Peter Richardson explain how to use virtualization to reduce energy consumption. They see 4 types of computing: Local, Logical, Data Center and Cloud Computing, the last offering the most advanced form of virtualization and therefore representing the greenest computing

Daily del.icio.us for December 23rd through December 26th

  • 30+ Great Adobe AIR Apps for Designers and Developers – Here are over 30 great Adobe AIR apps for designers and developers that can help you do everything from tracking your time to measuring pixels, and more
  • First Steps in Flex: A Quick, Small Intro for Programmers – Need to learn Flex, but find all those thick books intimidating? First Steps in Flex was designed to be small (only 140 pages!). Each chapter is only a few pages long, and contains just enough to get you comfortable with the topic. We don't want to bury you in details, but we provide plenty of resources when you need them
  • Wal-Mart to start selling iPhones on Sunday | Technology | Reuters – Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Friday it will start selling Apple Inc's iPhone on Sunday, but the popular cell phones that can surf the web will not be priced as low as some anticipated.
  • Alan Cox leaves Red Hat, suggesting company’s future direction | Business Tech – CNET News – From the JBoss acquisition to Red Hat Exchange, Red Hat has slowly but surely been moving ever closer to applications. This makes sense for Red Hat as it seeks to increase its relevance (and deal size) to the enterprise, selling solutions rather than just cheap bits
  • Top Technology Breakthroughs of 2008 – The economy may be tanking, but innovation is alive and well. When it came to products, incremental improvements were the name of the game this year. Phones got faster (iPhone 3G anyone?), notebooks turned into netbooks and pocket cameras went from recording standard-definition video to HD.
  • Truck and SUV sales rising as gas prices drop – WTF!!!!!! – After nearly a year of flagging sales, low gas prices and fat incentives are reigniting America's taste for big vehicles. Trucks and SUVs will outsell cars in December, according to researchers at the automotive Website Edmunds.com, something that hasn't happened since February.
  • Solar eclipse, Aug. 11, 1999, seen from the Mir space station | Futility Closet – An eclipse appears total only while you're directly in the moon's shadow. Normally the darkness lasts only a few minutes … but in 1973 a Concorde supersonic jet managed to stay in the shade for 74 minutes.
  • Op-Ed Columnist – Time to Reboot America – NYTimes.com – My fellow Americans, we can’t continue in this mode of “Dumb as we wanna be.” We’ve indulged ourselves for too long with tax cuts that we can’t afford, bailouts of auto companies that have become giant wealth-destruction machines, energy prices that do not encourage investment in 21st-century renewable power systems or efficient cars, public schools with no national standards to prevent illiterates from graduating and immigration policies that have our colleges educating the world’s best scientists and engineers and then, when these foreigners graduate, instead of stapling green cards to their diplomas, we order them to go home and start companies to compete against ours.
  • Fly Me to the moon – And let me play among the stars..

Daily del.icio.us for October 29th through November 1st

  • esnippet – Google Code – eSnippet just means easy snippet. A snippet repository and snippet IDE client to make snippet using easily. and you can find the demo site at http://snippet.mvnsearch.org
  • Scobleizer — Tech geek blogger » Blog Archive Never underestimate Microsoft’s ability to turn a corner « – It doesn’t matter that Microsoft didn’t get all that much hype this year at the PDC or that it didn’t sell out or that other companies like Amazon, Google, and Rackspace are ahead in the cloud game.

    You just saw Ray Ozzie turn the creaky old cruiseliner hard to port and damn, it is impressive

  • Esquire Endorses Barack Obama for President – Election 2008 – Esquire – We thought this election would be a serious fight over the future of this country, but only one candidate showed up
  • The Atlassian Blog – The iPhone, JIRA & Transformation – Oh, and speaking of the iPhone and JIRA, if you (like me!) use them both, be sure and checkout JIRA Buddy, an iPhone extension that gives you direct access to the JIRA instance of your choice
  • David M. Karr’s Blog: Book Review: Web Service Contract Design & Versioning for SOA – Overall, I was pleased with the content and level of detail in the book. Reading it motivated me to build some sample code in my primary application server, which led me down some very interesting paths and eventual discoveries
  • Where To Put Your Money Right Now « blog maverick – If you listen to me, I GUARANTEE YOU that you will earn a greater return than 90pct of the richest, supposedly smartest money managers ON THE PLANET. All those Wall Street fat cats, they can’t earn as much on their money for you as I can help you earn.
  • Ubuntu gets horny: Intrepid Ibex (8.10) officially released – The Ubuntu developers have announced the official release of Ubuntu 8.10, codenamed Intrepid Ibex. This release includes new versions of many popular open source desktop applications and also introduces several important new features
  • IntelliJ IDEA :: The Most Intelligent Java IDE – milestone 1 – A first look at IntelliJ IDEA 8, based on a newly redesigned and rock-solid platform, which takes stability and performance of the IDE to a whole new level.

    IntelliJ IDEA 8 keeps up with the ever-growing demand for technologies, frameworks and languages support while broadening the possibilities for developing rich, complex solutions that adapt to todays fast-paced environment.

  • Kungfuice.com » Blog Archive » Ext-JS Tasks & Progressbars a match made in heaven – Using Ext-JS this task was actually a lot easier then I had originally thought. Ext has these two great classes called TaskRunner and TaskManager. These classes basically allow you to create a task for execution in a multithreaded manner
  • Why I Support Barack Obama – O’Reilly Radar – we need a president who can harness the best and brightest our country has to offer, a president who is conversant with, and comfortable with, the power of technology to assist in solving these problems, a president who is good at listening, studying, and devising solutions based on the best insight available, rather than on narrow ideology. We need a president who can forge consensus, not just among the partisans in our own fractured democracy but around the world. We need a president who can inspire our citizens and our global partners to forgo narrow self interest and embrace the possibilities that we can achieve if we work together to build a better future.

Daily del.icio.us for September 22nd through September 24th

  • 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.
  • Red Hat sets new performance record at a 20 percent cost savings – Today Red Hat announced that it has broken server performance records with its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 on an IBM System x 3950 M2 running Intel X7460 Xeon processors. Apparently you can have your cake and eat it, too
  • 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.
  • Sam Harris on Sarah Palin and Elitism | Newsweek Politics: Campaign 2008 | Newsweek.com – What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance
  • 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.
  • T-Mobile’s Google phone may offer free e-mail – Techland – The new Android-powered phone will have Google’s (GOOG) Gmail service built in, and T-Mobile executives are considering offering access to Gmail free, without the need for a data plan
  • 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.
  • Official Google Blog: The democratization of data – Google will be a part of this global economy, helping both large and small companies to grow their markets and manage their information. Exciting times are ahead!