Flash, HTML5, and Mobile Apps – it is evident that the competing interests of platform vendors, consumers and app and content publishers will ensure that this remains a fragmented and competitive environment for many years to come
InfoQ: Adrian Colyer on AspectJ, tc Server and dm Server – SpringSource CTO Adrian Colyer talks to InfoQ about AspectJ. The interview explores how products such as Spring Roo are using AspectJ, and how ideas from AspectJ helped SpringSource improve the Groovy compiler inside Eclipse. Colyer also discusses SpringSource's two server offerings, dm Server and tc Server, OSGi and Scrum
InfoQ: What Really Motivates Workers – On days when workers have the sense they’re making headway in their jobs, or when they receive support that helps them overcome obstacles, their emotions are most positive and their drive to succeed is at its peak
The Center for Internet Security – Downloads – This document, Security Configuration Benchmark for Apache Tomcat 5.5/6.0, provides prescriptive guidance for establishing a secure configuration posture for Apache Tomcat versions 5.5 – 6.0.20 running on Linux
Bamboo 2.3 is Available – See Elastic Bamboo in Action! – Bamboo 2.3 has just been released and is available for immediate download. This release expands support for scaling your continuous integration (CI) build system into the Amazon EC2 cloud, and makes it easier to manage complex builds as your team's use of CI grows.
InfoQ: SOA With Web Services, In Practice – This presentation discusses specific SOA properties that might result in major problems and concrete ways to solve such problems including appropriate decoupling, appropriate processes for dealing with life-cycles and heterogeneous repositories, and pragmatic solutions for interoperability, reliability, and security.
iBATIS 3 for Java Released (BETA 1) – iBATIS 3 is a complete rewrite from the ground up and thus represents the biggest change since the very first version of iBATIS released in 2002. There are a lot of modern features that take advantage of Java 5. iBATIS 3 includes simplified design and some great new tools for helping you build great database driven applications.
Original IntelliJ Cast | JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Blog – Let’s talk about type casts — those things you hardly can avoid in JVM-based code. Being a helpful IDE, IntelliJ IDEA now does all the casting stuff for you when you are using its code completion in Java and Groovy.
InfoQ: CouchDB From 10,000 Feet – This presentation takes a look at CouchDB from 10,000 ft. CouchDB is a document oriented database with a highly acclaimed REST API and replication support, that solves problems of high-traffic, distributed peer-to-peer, and offline applications. all at the same time. You will learn to decide when CouchDB is a good fit for your project and when you are better off with a traditional database.
InfoQ: Language Parity: Closures and the JVM – In this presentation from the JVM Languages Summit 2008, Neal Gafter discusses closures on the JVM. Topics covered include the JVM libraries, the challenges of running other languages on the JVM, language-specific wrapper/shim libraries, ways of making the JVM more language-friendly, whether lambda expressions are too hard, the history of closures, and forking the JVM to support closures.
File Folder Unlocker (freeware): Unlock in use files – File amp; Folder Unlocker is a powerful yet easy-to-use system utility that gives you complete control over the locked files and folders on your computer. Like our other free utilities, File amp; Folder Unlocker is free for both commercial and non-commercial use
Introducing Outlook Live for schools – and cool new features for everyone – With Exchange 14, you can access OWA or Outlook Live with Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. I have to say, I#039;ve been dying to tell you about this, especially after all the comments on our last video! Openness has always been part of Exchange#039;s DNA, which you can see from how we license Exchange ActiveSync to partners and competitors alike, in the variety of mobile phones we support, from the iPhone to Nokia phones to Windows Mobile, in our support for web services, and now in the browsers we support.
What Sun Should Do « Ian Skerrett – Sun’s problem is not that they don’t have good products, it is they have too many products for them to sustain. As Tim mentioned they need to focus on their strengths and that would Glassfish and MySql.
Terrence Barr’s Blog: Thoughts on "What Sun Should Do" – quot;Every complex problem can be boiled down to a solution that#039;s simple, attractive, and easy to understand – and wrong.quot; It#039;s a tendency we fall into easily – and what I have been missing in the discussion so far is the focus on client-side technologies and products and the role they play in technology-based business models.
InfoQ: Sun’s Future and Cloud Computing – Sun#039;s recent layoffs (which are said to be affecting people working on OpenJDK, the JCP, J2SE, and desktop Java), and also Sun#039;s recent acquisition of cloud infrastructure vendor Q-Layer, keeps alive the question of how Sun will redefine its strategic direction and choose which of its many technology possibilities it will focus upon.
InfoQ: Struts 2.1 Released – The latest version of the Struts2 framework, version 2.1, has just been released. This release marks a significant upgrade, with changes being focused on refactoring more code into the plug-in framework, reducing XML configuration by adding a conventions plug-in, and improving REST support.
FRONTLINE: my father, my brother, and me | PBS – quot;Parkinson#039;s arrives without fanfare,quot; journalist Dave Iverson says at the start of this week#039;s FRONTLINE broadcast. quot;You#039;re jogging at the gym one day and you happen to notice that one arm isn#039;t swinging the same as the other. In time, other signs accumulate: a leg starts to tingle, a finger begins to tremble…quot;
New Symbol of Elite Access – E-Mail to the Chief – NYTimes.com – Mr. Obama joked about the exclusive nature of his e-mail list at the annual Alfalfa Club dinner in Washington on Saturday night. “How exclusive?” the president asked. “Everyone look at the person sitting on your left. Now look at the person sitting on your right. None of you have my e-mail address.”
InfoQ: Presentation: REST: A Pragmatic Introduction to the Web’s Architecture – In this presentation recorded during QCon London 2008, Stefan Tilkov introduces the audience to REST seen as an architectural style. He thinks that REST is not an alternative to SOA but it can serve SOA to reach its goals. Stefan also covers other related topics: HTTP, WS-*, SOAP, CORBA, RPC, enterprise, in an attempt to make the listeners understand what REST is and what is not and how it helps.
Marek Blotny: C#, ASP.NET, Silverlight …: Are you Agile? – To answer question quot;Are you Agile?quot; you have to first define the minimum criteria for being Agile, here is a list of potential candidates: self-organizing teams, incremental development in short iterations, high responsiveness to changing requirements, continuous adjustments, everyday contact with stakeholders, pair programing, TDD, (automated) testing and so on
Testability Explorer – TestabilityExplorer.org records the testability scores for many open source and commercial Java libraries. The compiled bytecode for the library is analyzed and metrics are calculated for the testability of individual classes. Those classes fall into one
cloudtools – Google Code – Cloud Tools is a set of tools for deploying and testing Java EE applications on Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2).
Wind power, alternative energy | Salon News – A stunning new report just issued by the Bush administration finds that for under 2 cents a day per household, Americans could get 300 gigawatts of wind by 2030 which would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation by 25 percent in 2030.
InfoQ: Getting Started with Grails – In this presentation from QCon San Francisco 2007, Jason Rudolph gives an overview and demonstration of Grails. Topics covered include Java/Grails integration, Grails plugins, creating a complete Grails sample application from scratch, the structure of a
Linux On A Stick: Fedora 9 Puts Your Desktop on a USB Drive – This week's release of the Fedora 9 Linux distribution makes putting a full-fledged desktop on a portable USB thumb drive a three-click affair. Even better, you don't need Linux installed to create it, you can leave the data on your thumb drive untouched,
InfoQ: WebWork (Struts 2) In Action – Patrick Lightbody does an overview of WebWork and the Struts merger, comparing to other web frameworks and explaining validation support, Ajax support, and how to achieve rapid development with WebWork/Struts 2.
Technology News: Commentary: Red Hat Gets Into Mischief – Red Hat said it plans to open source its Red Hat Network systems management offering as its integrates features from JBoss’s Operations Network wares. What? More mischief! This could be potentially disruptive to CA, IBM Tivoli, HP OpenView, et al.