Daily del.icio.us for May 27th through June 2nd

  • Amazon Web Services Blog: Setting up a Load-Balanced Oracle Weblogic Cluster in Amazon EC2 – Oracle recently made available a set of AMI images suitable for use with the Amazon EC2 cloud computing platform. I found the two images (32-bit and 64-bit) that contain Weblogic (along with Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 and JRockit) the most interesting of the lot. This article will explain how to set up a basic two-node Weblogic cluster using the 32-bit Weblogic image provided by Oracle with an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer (ELB)
  • The Atlassian Blog – Introducing Confluence 3.0 – Meet the Macro Browser – Confluence 3.0 introduces the Macro Browser, a new way for users of all experience levels to build content-rich pages in seconds. The macro browser exposes the macros in your Confluence site – charts, task lists, photo galleries, RSS feeds and more – through a point-and-click graphical interface.
  • Google Soups Up Enterprise Search Appliance – Google's plan is to make GSA the most powerful, all-encompassing enterprise search server in the world and the first choice over Microsoft and products from Vivisimo, Endeca and Autonomy.
  • Collaboration and Content Strategies Blog: When You’re a Productivity Suite, Everything’s a Nail – Ultimately, this is just one facet of the "which tool to use?" problem I outlined previously, and it extends to most tools in the information worker toolbelt, from using e-mail for collaboration instead of a collaborative workspace to collating changes in Word docs instead of using a wiki
  • mockito – simpler & better mocking – Mockito is a mocking framework that tastes really well. It lets you write beautiful tests with clean & simple API. Mockito doesn't give you hangover because the tests are very readable and they produce clean verification errors
  • IntelliJ’s Maia shapes up against Eclipse • The Register – Maia will support version three of the Spring open-source Java programming framework, which will be detailed at next week's JavaOne in San Francisco, California, along with support for the OSGi modular Java framework and Apache's Tapestry component-based framework.
  • OpenXava – AJAX applications from JPA entities – OpenXava is a productive way for creating AJAX Enterprise Applications with Java. Indeed, it's faster developing with OpenXava than with Ruby On Rails, Spring MVC, or any other MVC framework.
  • Distributor – Distributor is a software TCP load balancer. Like other load balancers, it accepts connections and distributes them to an array of back end servers. Distributor is compatible with any standard TCP protocol (HTTP, LDAP, IMAP, etc.) and is also IPv6 compatible. Distributor has many unique and advanced features and a high-performance architecture
  • Server Fault – Server Fault is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for system administrators and IT professionals – regardless of platform. It's 100% free, no registration required.
  • Gawker – ‘Page’s Law’ Is Google Founder’s Next-Best Shot at Immortality – Larry Page – Page's Law is the inverse: It says software gets twice as slow every 18 months. This helps explain why your computer seems to get slower as it ages, even though the hardware inside remains unchanged.
  • Google Declares ‘The Web Has Won’ – InternetNews.com – "The Web has won — it's the dominant programming model of our time," said Vic Gondotra, Google's vice president for engineering.

Daily del.icio.us for May 9th through May 14th

Daily del.icio.us for April 16th through April 19th

  • U.S. Soldiers’ New Weapon: an iPod | Newsweek International Edition | Newsweek.com – Making sense of the reams of data from satellites, drones and ground sensors cries out for a handheld device that is both versatile and easy to use. With their intuitive interfaces, Apple devices—the iPod Touch and, to a lesser extent, the iPhone—are becoming the handhelds of choice.
  • 10 Youtube URL Tricks You Should Know About | MakeUseOf.com – Instead of just searching and playing here are some top Youtube URL tricks that you should know about:
  • Java 7 Will Evolve to Fine-grained Parallelism | Intel Go Parallel – DK 7 (Java Development Kit 7) will offer the fork-join framework in order to help Java developers to tackle the multicore revolution using this popular programming language.
  • Aneesh Chopra: America’s Chief Technology Officer – ReadWriteWeb – During his weekly address this morning, President Obama named Aneesh Chopra as the nation's first Chief Technology Officer. Chopra, who has effectively been doing much the same job at a state level in his role as Secretary of Technology for Governor Kaine of Virginia, will work closely with Vivek Kundra, the recently named Federal CIO, and Jeffrey Zients, the man Obama today named the first ever Chief Performance Officer.
  • Skyway Team Blog » Blog Archive » Five part Spring MVC tutorial is live – In conjunction with the release of Skyway Builder 6.2, we’ve published an updated series of videos for generating a Spring MVC application using Skyway Builder. All Skyway Builder videos can be found here, and here’s a list of the Spring MVC tutorial:
  • AaronZ Sakai: Java Collection Performance – This is just a helpful reference when trying to decide which collections to use in Java. I use this for my personal reference but it may help others as well. The links go to the Sun Javadocs. The collections of each type are ordered based on performance (i.e. the highest performance (highest speed) ones are listed first and will be the fastest for most operations)
  • GridGain – Open Cloud Platform : Weblog – It is actually not quite obvious question as GAE with Java support remains relatively new technology comparing to EC2. Here's a good pros/cons checklist that you can run to see what infrastructure fits the bill for your needs.
  • Project Fondue | CSS Sprite Generator – This tool allows you to automate the process of generating CSS sprites. Simply give it a ZIP file containing 2 or more images (GIF, PNG or JPG) and it will generate a sprite image and the corresponding CSS rules to target and display each component image.
  • C# From a Java Developer’s Perspective – What follows is an overview of similarities and differences between the language features and libraries of the C# and Java programming languages based on my experience using both languages.
  • The Online Collaboration Tools Guide – ReadWriteWeb – The following review of major products in this space will help you choose the right collaboration tools for your needs.
  • Rough Type: Nicholas Carr’s Blog: The big company and the cloud – Don't expect to see the biggest companies closing down their data centers in the next few years. Besides, the cloud in the end will be more interesting for the new models of computing it opens up rather than for its ability to accommodate the old ones

Daily del.icio.us for April 7th through April 12th

  • How Google Stole Control Over Content Distribution By Stealing Links – Publishing 2.0 – There is so much misunderstanding flying around about the economics of content on the web and the role of Google in the web’s content economy that it’s making my head hurt. So let’s see if we can straighten things out.
  • Performance Anti-Patterns | Haytham El-Fadeel – Remember, the performance work done at the beginning of the project in terms of benchmark, algorithm, and data-structure selection will pay tremendous dividends later on—enough, perhaps, to allow you to avoid that traditional performance fire drill at the end.
  • The Atlassian Blog – Wiki Theater – Five Killer Use Cases for Wikis – Since the conference theme was Doing More with Less, attendees were rather receptive to the idea of getting more out of their wiki. Below is one of the presentations we delivered called Five Killer Use Cases for Wikis. We hope it gives you some ideas on how to get more out of your Confluence wiki.
  • YouTube – Google App Engine – Early Look at Java Language Support – This video introduces the latest features of App Engine, including an early look at Java language support. Andrew Bowers will walk through the development of a sample Java application, from creation to deployment.
  • Google AppEngine uses Jetty! : gregw – Hot on the heels of Google Widget Toolkit(GWT) switching to Jetty, the little server that can has received some more Google luv'n! Google's new App Engine Java service is powered by Jetty! With App Engine, you can build web applications using standard Java technologies and run them on Google's scalable infrastructure.
  • Sorting Algorithm Animations – These pages show 8 different sorting algorithms on 4 different initial conditions. These visualizations are intended to show how each algorithm operates, Show that there is no best sorting algorithm, Show the advantages and disadvantages of each algorithm.
  • App Engine Java Overview – Google App Engine – Google Code – Welcome to Google App Engine for Java! With App Engine, you can build web applications using standard Java technologies and run them on Google's scalable infrastructure. The Java environment provides a Java 6 JVM, a Java Servlets interface, and support for standard interfaces to the App Engine scalable datastore and services, such as JDO, JPA, JavaMail, and JCache
  • New BlazeDS Support Demo | JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Blog – We’ve created a new IntelliJ IDEA demo: BlazeDS Support. It shows you how to create, run and debug BlazeDS applications with IntelliJ IDEA, and covers a wide variety of features — project configuration, run and deployment configurations, debugger and the others.
  • Google improves Gmail for iPhone, Android | iPhone Atlas – CNET Reviews – Google has released a new Web-based version of Gmail that gives iPhone and Android phone users a more sophisticated version of the online e-mail service, including access to messages that's faster and that works even when offline.
  • Fly the friendly skies in Flight Control (review) | iPhone Atlas – CNET Reviews – At first blush, an air-traffic control simulator sounds about as much as fun as a podiatry theme park. But Flight Control is an absolute gem of a game, a perfect five-minute diversion that's perfectly priced at 99 cents

Daily del.icio.us for March 20th through March 24th

Daily del.icio.us for February 12th through February 13th

  • 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.
  • The Role of Architect vs. The Role of the Software Architect, A Reality Check from Beautiful Architecture – O’Reilly FYI Blog – We recently released Beautiful Architecture, a beautiful new book with a lovely image of a nautilus shell gracing the cover. The collection of essays from more than a dozen of today#039;s leading software designers and architects illuminates the necessary ingredients for robust, elegant, and flexible architecture. Here John Klein, Software Engineering Institute, and David Weiss, Avaya Laboratories, grapple with the multiple definitions of architect.
  • 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
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3: Screenshots: Insight – Software – ZDNet Australia – RHEL 5.3 includes support for Intel#039;s latest chip architecture, Core i7, codenamed Nehalem. It also includes the Open Java Development Kit, an open-source implementation of Java SE 6 supported by Sun Microsystems. This inclusion is intended to support Red Hat#039;s Java application server, JBoss.
  • 10 Ways Microsoft’s Retail Stores Will Differ From Apple Stores – PC World – Instead of a quot;Genius Barquot; (as Apple provides) Microsoft will offer an Excuse Bar. It will be staffed by Microsofties trained in the art of evading questions, directing you to complicated and obscure fixes, and explaining it#039;s a problem with the hardware — not a software bug
  • Saturday Night Live – Pelosi/Reid Open – Video – NBC.com – SNL Quote of the Day: quot;Maybe if we spent more money on schools amp; condoms, there wouldn#039;t be so many stupid people running around ruining our economy.quot; (via Reddit.com)
  • "Google Devalues Everything It Touches" – Wall Street Journal Chief – Google devalues everything it touches. Google is great for Google but it#039;s terrible for content providers
  • Obama’s BlackBerry brings personal safety risks | Surveillance State – CNET News – When the mainstream media first announced Barack Obama#039;s quot;victoryquot; in keeping his BlackBerry, the focus was on the security of the device, and keeping the U.S. president#039;s e-mail communications private from spies and hackers
  • 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.
  • Is the Relational Database Doomed? – ReadWriteWeb – In this post, we#039;ll look at the current trend of moving away from relational databases in certain situations and what this means for the future of the relational database.

Daily del.icio.us for January 11th through January 13th

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 November 18th through November 22nd

  • InfoQ: Pressure and Performance – The CTO’s Dilemma – In this interview made by Deborah Hartmann during Agile 2008, Diana Larsen and Jim Shore talk about patterns observed in CTOs' activity. CTOs emerge as real people caring for other people in their organization, and are put under a lot of pressure and constraints.
  • Apple – iPhone – iPhone Your Life – Once you own an iPhone, you discover that it’s more than a phone. It’s a way of life. Take a look at some ideas to help you get the most out of your iPhone, wherever you go.
  • JavaScript Table Sorter – Web Development Blog – This JavaScript table sorting script is easy to use, fast and lightweight at only 1.7KB. It includes alternate row formatting, header class toggling, auto data type recognition and selective column sorting. It will currently sort strings, numbers and currency
  • JavaScript Table Sorter | Ajaxonomy – This JavaScript table sorting script is easy to use, fast and lightweight at only 1.7KB. It includes alternate row formatting, header class toggling, auto data type recognition and selective column sorting. It will currently sort strings, numbers and currency.
  • Tour de Flex | Flex.org – Rich Internet Application Development – Tour de Flex is a desktop application for exploring Flex capabilities and resources, including the core Flex components, Adobe AIR and data integration, as well as a variety of third-party components, effects, skins, and more
  • Explore over 200 Flex and AIR samples with the new Tour de Flex application – AIR – James Ward announced a new desktop application powered by Adobe AIR called Tour de Flex exploring Flex capabilities and resources, including core Flex components, Adobe AIR and data integration, as well as a variety of third-party components, effects, skins, and more. James has been working on this project along with fellow Adobe employees Christophe Coenraets, Greg Wilson and others.
  • LIFE photo archive hosted by Google – Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google
  • Ext JS – Ext CDN – Custom Builds, Compression, and Fast Performance – We are pleased to announce that Ext has partnered with CacheFly, a global content network, to provide free CDN hosting for the Ext JS framework. Cachefly’s globally distributed network and aggressive caching accelerate the delivery of web content like JavaScript and CSS, making for an even faster Ext experience.
  • WTFramework bookmarklet – Oskar Krawczyk – blog.olicio.us – Ever wondered which JavaScript framework was used on a specific website but was too lazy to check the source code for the answer? Fear no more WTFramework is here.
  • JCS – Java Caching System – JCS is a distributed caching system written in java. It is intended to speed up applications by providing a means to manage cached data of various dynamic natures. Like any caching system, JCS is most useful for high read, low put applications. Latency times drop sharply and bottlenecks move away from the database in an effectively cached system

Daily del.icio.us for November 5th through November 6th

  • History of McCain for President – Post-Election John McCain Biography – Esquire – As Barack Obama takes the presidency, the reporter with intimate access to John McCain for two years takes a somber look back at where man gives way to politician.
  • Digg – 700 Covers For Obama From Around The World – 700 newspaper front pages from all over the world, the day after Barack Obama was elected 44th president of the United States.
  • AMD, Red Hat demo VM migration between AMD, Intel servers | InfoWorld | News | 2008-11-06 | – In Thursday's demonstration, AMD moves a live VM from an dual socket Intel Xeon DP Quad Core E5420-based system to one based on AMD's forthcoming 45nm Quad-Core Opteron processor, using Red Hat open-source virtualization software
  • Sun shines dimly in Big Blue’s shadow |Fatal Exception | Neil McAllister | InfoWorld – As Rich Green says, the key will be not just delivering products and professional services, but doing so with better ROI than anyone else. Sun needs to convince its customers not merely that it offers an impressive product and service portfolio, but that it can be as valuable a partner as IBM. Until it can do that, Sun is going to have a hard time crawling out from under Big Blue's shadow.
  • Change.gov – "Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today." – President-Elect Barack Obama
  • Op-Ed Columnist – Bring on the Puppy and the Rookie – NYTimes.com – Promising to also be president for those who opposed him, Obama quoted Lincoln, his political idol and the man who ended slavery: “We are not enemies, but friends — though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.”
  • Wicket: A simplified framework for building and testing dynamic Web pages – Wicket provides an object-oriented approach toward developing dynamic Web-based UI applications. Because Wicket is pure Java™ and HTML code, you can leverage your knowledge about Java to write applications based on Wicket, dramatically reducing your development time. This article gives you an overview of Wicket and describes how you can use Wicket to rapidly build Web-based applications in a non-intrusive and simplified way
  • Reassessing the Dangers of BPA in Plastics – TIME – There's no denying that bisphenol A (BPA), the latest headline-making toxin, is ubiquitous — it's in hard plastic water bottles, the lining of food and beverage cans and, most disturbingly, the plastic baby bottles that most parents commonly use. What's less clear, however, is exactly what effect BPA has on human health
  • My Top List of Java Tools | Javalobby – Lack of imagination is one of our worst sins as software developers. We do the same things over and over again, but we rarely modify our ways: me at least. After some years, these are the tools that made it into my tricks box for everyday tasks. Tiresome operations are not my thing
  • BBC SPORT | Motorsport | Formula One | Hamilton targets title hat-trick – New world champion Lewis Hamilton has told BBC Sport he wants to claim the Formula One title three times.

    The 23-year-old British driver said he has no intention of chasing Michael Schumacher's record seven F1 triumphs

  • JUnit and EasyMock | Refcardz – JUnit and EasyMock are the predominant choices for testing tools in the Java space. This reference card will guide you through the creation of unit tests with JUnit and EasyMock. It contains detailed definitions for unit testing and mock objects as well as a description of the lifecycle of each. The APIs for both JUnit and EasyMock are covered thoroughly so you can utilize these tools to their fullest extent.
  • Joe on Computing : A maze of twisty little Java web service standards, all alike – It’s almost impossible to keep up with all the fractal-like Java standards related to web services. As fast as each can be learned, Sun invents another, and a dozen open source implementations appear. For my own sanity I tried to create a rough map of some of them. I tried to avoid making recommendations; my main objective was to sketch out how they fit together. I also focused on the open source options; there are many good commercial implementations of all of these too.
  • The Atlassian Blog – Come with me a on Magic Quadrant Ride – Gartner's popular Magic Quadrant for Social Software 2008 is out and Atlassian scored huge on the survey. Atlassian was recognized at the top as a leading company in the market for social software and team collaboration, based on our vision and execution