How to Build a Raspberry Pi File Server – Tutorials Blog – So I found yet another cool use for a Raspberry Pi. You can actually use it as a file server, or more accurately a controller for a file server. All you need is your Pi and a nice external drive and you can serve files to anyone on your network. It’s prett
Functional thinking: Why functional programming is on the rise – Java developers should learn functional paradigms now, even if they have no immediate plans to move to a functional language such as Scala or Clojure. Over time, all mainstream languages will become more functional; Neal Ford explores the reasons why in this installment.
Hortonworks Joins OpenStack Foundation | Hortonworks – Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache Hadoop, today announced it has joined the OpenStack Foundation, which promotes the development, distribution and adoption of the OpenStack cloud operating system. By contributing to the OpenStack ecosystem
Cross-domain Ajax with Cross-Origin Resource Sharing – Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) is a W3C Working Draft that defines how the browser and server must communicate when accessing sources across origins. The basic idea behind CORS is to use custom HTTP headers to allow both the browser and the server to know enough about each other to determine if the request or response should succeed or fail.
Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution | The Verge – We went to Google looking for the person responsible for the new design direction, but the strange answer we got is that such a person doesn't exist. Instead, thanks to a vision laid out by a small team of Google designers, each product team is finding its way to a consistent and forward-looking design language thanks to a surprising process.
Properly testing Spring MVC controllers – Spring Test MVC is indispensable if you want to test your Spring MVC controllers. Simply testing the controller methods without including the Spring MVC framework itself, is useless. Spring Test MVC will be included in the Spring 3.2 release (so I'm told) but for now it can be found on Github:
Manage Your Database Schema in IntelliJ IDEA 12 – A while ago we shared this video with a quick overview of how to set up a connection to a database, use smart completion (even for SQL queries within Java), on-the-fly code analysis, navigation (between queries and database), search (for tables and fields), and more cool features.
Now, please enjoy a new video with even more exciting features available in IntelliJ IDEA 12 for working with databases:
Sublime Text 2 screencast that explores the basics and expanded features of ST2 – Sublime Text is taking the programming community by storm, and rapidly unseating incumbents like TextMate and Vim for many programmers. This screencast series teaches you Sublime Text’s layout, navigation, and flow. You will also learn how to use more advanced features, such as tweaking the program’s interface or installing custom plugins. You’ll even incorporate the vast library of TextMate themes and plugins into the Sublime Text environment. This screencast teaches both the basics and expanded features of ST2, and accelerates you along the learning curve needed to become rapidly productive with this powerful editor.
JUnit Strikes Back | Tomek’s blog – There are also some new project emerging around JUnit, like the new initiative of providing Data Driven Testing to JUnit ( see EasyTest) or another attempt at parameterized tests (see Zohhak).
Spring Framework 3.2 goes GA – Exactly one year after the Spring Framework 3.1 release, SpringSource is pleased to announce that Spring Framework 3.2 is generally available now!
Rod Johnson Talks Scala in TechCast #75 – The Typesafe Blog – Typesafe is very proud to have Rod Johnson on our board of directors but what really gets us excited is when he talks about his use of Scala. In this podcast he talks about why he likes Scala and when Java developers should consider using Scala.
The Making of Fastbook: An HTML5 Love Story | Blog | Sencha – When a team has problems with HTML5, it usually stems from the fact that they take a “website” development approach to building an app, and often don't use the right tools and architectures for application development. This is what we suspected about the Facebook HTML5 app. The way that app performed — slow loading, choppy user experience in the News Feed, low framerate — exhibited the usual symptoms.
Forecast 2013: The Appification Of Everything Will Turn The Web Into An App-o-verse – Forbes – hat we are seeing are the early stages of what I call, “The Appification of Everything.” This is not about adding more icons to your home screen, though, but about a fundamental shift in how we metabolize information and entertainment. The web as the universal storage medium is being superseded by the internet as universal flow medium. Instead of thinking about the web as a hierarchical tree of documents—a Wikipedia of Wikipedias—we need to start thinking about all of that content as an underlying service layer for application-based interfaces.
Does it pay to know your type? – The Washington Post – In the graphic below, we walk through the 16 types to give a sense of how these bigger-than-life personalities fit in the Myers-Briggs philosophy. The official test is based on Carl Jung’s work in psychological typology. Ryan Smith and Eva Gregersen, creators of celebritytypes.com, helped us take the extra step of historical-figure associations.
Mountain Lion Server tutorials – When setting up a server, getting it right early can save a lot of headache later. We've put together these tutorials to get you started in setting up a server.
I’ll Give MongoDB Another Try. In Ten Years. | Diego Basch’s Blog – This gave me a nasty feeling about MongoDB. If something so elementary can be so wrong, what other problems could be lurking in there? I immediately switched to CouchDB (once again because it was pretty trivial), but if this were a serious project I’d be using Postgres
What The Numbers Show About Taxes and Economic Growth | Here & Now – Do tax cuts lead to economic growth? David Leonhardt of the The New York Times says the data does not support the claim. Leonhardt charted the numbers on taxes and economic growth over the last 25 years and found that tax cuts were not followed by economic growth
HTML5 Storage Wars – localStorage vs. IndexedDB vs. Web SQL – If you're only deploying on mobile platforms, then Web SQL is a no-brainer. Or if you're running on desktops and can require Chrome or Safari as your browser, then Web SQL is also for you. I wouldn't use the other two standards in any heavy-duty app at the moment.
Connectify – Share, Save, Simplify – Connectify Hotspot is an easy to use software router for Windows computers that utilizes your PC’s built in Wi-Fi card to wirelessly share any available Internet connection with friends, co-workers, and mobile devices.
Benchmarking Parallels, Fusion, and VirtualBox Against Boot Camp – The Mac Observer – In light of our recent tests, there should be no surprises in today’s results. Users who need the absolute best performance should natively boot Windows using Boot Camp. Those who want a compromise between performance and convenience should consider Parallels 8 or Fusion 5, although Parallels 8 holds a performance advantage in most tests.
Parallels 8 Brings Tighter Integration Between OS X and Windows – Parallels 8 throws the gauntlet in a major way, offering closer integration between OS X and Windows than I’ve ever seen in a virtual machine environment. The team pulled out all of the stops to make using Windows apps and even entire desktops a seamless and pleasant experience on any Mac, including the new Retina MacBook Pro.
Why I’m choosing CouchDB – Couch has several features that appealed to me. First, it’s a pure json document store. This means that all documents are json, and they can have any number of fields, and you can add new fields to an existing document at any time. There’s no schema and thus no migrations to manage.
What 10gen nailed with MongoDB by Calvin French-Owen – When my co-founders and I first started on our startup a little over a year ago, we asked other startups about what to database they were using. Nine out of ten people all had the same response: “Just go with Mongo.”
Scalable Internet Architectures – Theo Schlossnagle presents several architectural design principles useful for building scalable systems starting from the networking up to the application layer.
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.
The Great Web Framework Shootout | Curia – Welcome to the great web framework shootout. On this page you will find benchmark results comparing the performance of a few of the most popular F/OSS web frameworks in use today.
The NoSQL movement – How to think about choosing a database. – For years, the relational default has kept developers from understanding their real back-end requirements. The NoSQL movement has given us the opportunity to explore what we really require from our databases, and to find out what we already knew: there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
Agile Succeeds Three Times More Often | Mike Cohn’s Blog – The agile process is the universal remedy for software development project failure. Software applications developed through the agile process have three times the success rate of the traditional waterfall method and a much lower percentage of time and cost overruns
How to Analyze Java Thread Dumps | CUBRID Blog – Here I will explain what threads are in Java, their types, how they are created, how to manage them, how you can dump threads from a running application, and finally how you can analyze them and determine the bottleneck or blocking threads. This article is a result of long experience in Java application debugging.
MIT OpenCourseWare | Economics – Principles of Microeconomics – Principles of Microeconomics is an introductory undergraduate course that teaches the fundamentals of microeconomics. This course introduces microeconomic concepts and analysis, supply and demand analysis, theories of the firm and individual behavior, competition and monopoly, and welfare economics
Jease – The Java CMS with Ease – Jease is an Open Source Content-Management-System which is driven by the power of Java. Jease means "Java with Ease", so Jease promises to keep simple things simple and the hard things (j)easy.
Xcode, GCC, and Homebrew – This is an incredible day for the Homebrew community. You can now setup a complete OS X develop environment with a single 171.7 MB package download. It's official. It's legal. It'll be maintained.
Codify – Make Anything on your iPad. – Codify for iPad lets you create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.
Gitbox – The version control app on a Mac – Gitbox is a simple yet powerful Git repository manager.
Beyond one-click commit, push, pull and rebase, it gives you
unique features like search in history and undo for Git commands.
Open source: The antidote for "too big to fail" | opensource.com – Open source represents a profound paradigm change to the way software is developed, deployed, and managed. But it also represents the most effective, efficient, and reliable way to ensure that the enterprise itself can evolve to address continuously changing requirements, environments, challenges, and opportunities. Open source software is the antidote to "too big to fail." It is a way to create mission capability that anticipates the future, and thereby creates the future.
Ext GWT 3.0 Developer Preview 5 – The Ext GWT team has been hard at work on Ext GWT 3.0 and we’re happy to announce the availability of Ext GWT 3.0 PR5. This will be the last developer preview release as we move toward our 3.0 beta releases.
whoosh – Fast pure-Python indexing and search library. – Whoosh is a fast, featureful full-text indexing and searching library implemented in pure Python. Programmers can use it to easily add search functionality to their applications and websites. Every part of how Whoosh works can be extended or replaced to meet your needs exactly.
10 programming languages worth checking out – H3RALD – This article deals with ten possible candidates, and it’s far from being an exhaustive list. The programming languages described henceforth are very different from each other, but they all have one thing in common: they all stimulate my curiosity in their own, very different ways.
Daring Fireball: Universe Dented, Grass Underfoot – I like to think that in the run-up to his final keynote, Steve made time for a long, peaceful walk. Somewhere beautiful, where there are no footpaths and the grass grows thick. Hand-in-hand with his wife and family, the sun warm on their backs, smiles on their faces, love in their hearts, at peace with their fate.
Effective Mockito Part 2 – As promised in the first part of the "Effective Mockito" blog series, I will concentrate on Mockito specifics in the followup posts. So, the main topic for Part 2 is Mockito's @Mock Annotation.
Incredibly Useful CSS Snippets | webexpedition18 – Below is a list of CSS snippets that will help you minimize headaches, frustration and save your time while writing css, and I hope you will find it useful. Whether you are a experienced web developer, or just getting started with css, they are all worth checking out.
Java development 2.0: Ultra-lightweight Java web services with Gretty – Gretty is one of a new school of ultra-lightweight frameworks made for building web services. Built on top of the blazingly fast Java™ NIO APIs, Gretty leverages Groovy as a domain-specific language for web endpoints and Grape's Maven-style dependency management. In this article, get started with using Gretty to build and deploy Java web service applications.
I’m a phony. Are you? – Scott Hanselman – I love this effect – "The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to recognize their mistakes." 🙂
What’s Up, JavaDoc? (Jonathan Gibbons) – The Java documentation tool, javadoc, has been somewhat neglected in recent releases, but in JDK 7, it's been getting some amount of long-overdue TLC, albeit mostly under the covers.
Announcing GitHub for Mac – GitHub – Pull requests, merge button, fork queue, issues, pages, wiki –– all awesome features that make sharing easier. But those things are only great after you've pushed your code to GitHub. Today we're happy to announce GitHub for Mac.
InfoQ: Where Did My Architecture Go? – Eoin Woods advices on writing code that preserves the initial architectural design using conventions, dependency analysis, module systems, augmenting the code & checking rules, and language extensions.
CWE – Common Weakness Enumeration: A Community-developed dictionary of software weakness types – International in scope and free for public use, CWE™ provides a unified, measurable set of software weaknesses that is enabling more effective discussion, description, selection, and use of software security tools and services that can find these weaknesses in source code and operational systems as well as better understanding and management of software weaknesses related to architecture and design.
My “NoSQL for Java Devs” slides are now online « Glen Smith – In the talk we looked at four different types of NoSQL options for Java guys: Simple Key/Value in-memory stores (Memcached), sophisticated distributed key/value stores (Voldemort), Document Databases (CouchDB), and Graph Databases (Neo4j).
An introduction to MongoDB – In this short demo, long-time developerWorks contributor Andrew Glover introduces MongoDB, provides a quick tour of its use, and helps you understand where it's most applicable
An introduction to Amazon SimpleDB – an introduction to SimpleDB, a massively scalable, highly available key/value datastore. Part of the Amazon Web Services suite, SimpleDB provides a simple web services interface to create and store multiple data sets, query the data, and return the results. Get started with SimpleDB in this short introduction.
InfoQ: New Books on Software Architecture – Software Architecture is one of the important topics for software engineers, because many failures of software development projects are caused by inadequate design. Thus, it is essential to learn more about architectural issues in theory and practice. Interesting new books that have been published recently or in the near future could be very helpful: