Links for December 29th through January 8th

Daily del.icio.us for January 28th through February 3rd

  • 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.
  • Eliminate Waste – The Toyota Way – Surya Suravarapu’s Blog – The first question in TPS always is what does the customer want from this process? (Both the internal customer at the next steps in the production line and the final, external customer).
  • 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
  • 24/7 Wall St.: SP Endorses Linux, Raising Red Hat (RHT) – But Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) was just raised by Standard amp; Poor#039;s ratings today. You might even wonder if Samp;P is almost endorsing Linux after all these years after you look through the notes
  • Developing and Deploying Java applications – Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud « HostedFTP.com – Developing and Deploying Java applications on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.
  • Headius: My Favorite Hotspot JVM Flags – Here#039;s a short list of my favorite JVM switches (note these are Hotspot/OpenJDK/SunJDK switches, and may or may not work on yours
  • Intel releases Linux-based Moblin 2 Alpha for Netbooks – Ars Technica – The first alpha release of Intel#039;s Linux-based Moblin 2 platform is now available for download. It#039;s designed to work on Atom-based netbook devices and it offers fast boot times and a unique Internet connection manager.

Daily del.icio.us for December 17th through December 22nd

  • The busy Java developer’s guide to Scala: Scala and servlets – In this article in the The busy Java developer's guide to Scala series, Ted Neward begins a tour of Scala in the real world by examining how Scala can interact with the core Servlet API and perhaps even improve it a little.
  • FrontPage – Dropbox Wiki – The Dropbox Wiki is your designated resource for the more advanced features (and creative uses) that Dropbox has to offer. Like all wikis, this will be constantly changing, and we welcome any contributions you make.
  • Red Hat 3Q up 20 pct, but revenue below estimate – BusinessWeek – Red Hat Inc. on Monday reported a 20 percent increase in profit for the third quarter as budget-conscious companies opted for the software provider's open-source Linux operating system over more expensive proprietary systems.
  • Asia’s wounded giants | Suddenly vulnerable | The Economist – Asia’s two big beasts are shivering. India’s economy is weaker, but China’s leaders have more to fear
  • Management guru: Warren Buffett | Warren Buffett | The Economist – Buffett is known as “the Sage of Omaha”, after the town where he was born and where he has spent most of his life, and much is made of his small-town homespun values. He likes to play the ukulele and he plays bridge (with Bill Gates, among others) in his modest home in Omaha
  • JavaLobby’s Top 10 Articles of 2008 | Javalobby – As a way of looking back at how the year has been on JavaLobby, we've collected the top 10 most read articles. It paints a clear picture about what is important to you, and gives us some hints as to what we should be covering in 2009
  • Dustin’s Software Development Cogitations and Speculations: 2008: Year of the Java Persistence API – It appears that one of the most popular themes in Java development in 2008 has been the Java Persistence API (JPA). I base this statement on the recent announcements that JPA-focused articles appeared in the Top Ten lists of articles for both Oracle Technology Network (OTN) and JavaLobby.
  • Data Platform Insider : Ultimate guide for upgrading to SQL Server 2008 – Last week, our SQL Server engineering team in association with Solid Quality Mentors released an unprecedented 490-page free whitepaper called SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide that provides in-depth information on how to upgrade to SQL Server 2008
  • Scrum in under 10 minutes video | Agile Software Development – Hamid Shojaee from Axosoft published an excellent and funny video on the basics of Scrum. In under 8 minutes of animation Hamid describes most of the basic concepts. I don’t agree with everything (in particular I I would like to see the release burndown chart described), but you can only explain so much in under 10 minutes and every Scrum installation is different anyway. Have a look and enjoy!
  • Stax Networks Launches: Google App Engine For Java – Stax is built on top of Amazon EC2 and allows developers to create, text and deploy Java applications without having to build out their own physical infrastructure.
  • Database Normalisation :: BlackWasp Software Development – The sixteenth part of the SQL Server Programming Fundamentals tutorial discusses the concept of database normalisation. Normalisation is a database design technique that minimises duplication of information, reducing the risk of introducing data errors.
  • 10 Steps to Learn a New Coding Language Fast – NETTUTS – Learning a new language can seem like a daunting task. However, as it is with all types of learning, there are certain techniques and practices that will help you learn the language faster and more efficiently. Here are 10 of the best practices that aspiring programmers can use to quickly start programming in a new language
  • Kill Your Database – Rather, save your database with Terracotta. Relational database are valuable for many things, but serving as the cost-effective scalability backbone of high-load web applications isn't one of them. Is your database suffering under the weight of your application?
  • YouTube – Top Gear Tesla review – Top Gear reviews Tesla, smokes Lotus Elise