Daily del.icio.us for November 6th through November 9th


Daily del.icio.us for January 21st

Daily del.icio.us for January 11th

  • Grails development in IntelliJ IDEA – Grails development in IntelliJ IDEA – Tutorial
  • Data Binding in Java – In this interview with Artima, Shannon Hickey, spec lead for the Beans Binding API, JSR 295, discusses the challenges of Java data binding, and how the JSR 295 API simplifies that task.
  • A Rails Developer Moves To Grails, Grails Developers Make The Case – Grails developers are making their case for Java developers to consider Grails as the next generation framework for developers to consider adopting. Darryl West a Rails developer recently switched to Grails and offered 10 reasons why Rails developers may
  • First experiences with IntelliJ… and its stunning Groovy/Grails support – Glen Smith – So first impressions are excellent. The IntelliJ guys have done a really nice What’s new page where you can see all the integration points with a ton of screengrabs.
  • Jungle Disk Plus – Jungle Disk 1.50 includes support for the new, optional, Jungle Disk Plus service. Jungle Disk Plus adds several highly requested features to the basic Amazon S3 service, including web access to your files, upload resume, and block-level file updates.
  • XML Spreadsheet Reference – This reference describes the elements and attributes that make up the XML Spreadsheet (XMLSS) schema when the data in Excel 2002 spreadsheets and Microsoft Office XP Spreadsheet Components is exported to the Extensible Markup Language (XML) format.

Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby!!

After playing with Ruby for a while now, I am starting to play with Rails to see what the buzz is all about. Here are some interesting resources in addition to the Rails Wiki:

  • Rolling with Ruby on Rails by Curt Hibbs — The Ruby community is abuzz about Rails, a web application framework that makes database-backed apps dead simple. What’s the fuss? Is it worth the hype? Curt Hibbs shows off Rails, building a simple application that even non-Rubyists can follow.
  • Rolling with Ruby on Rails, Part 2 by Curt Hibbs — Curt Hibbs introduced Ruby on Rails by building a simple but functional web application in just a few minutes. Does the ease of use continue? He thinks so. In the second of two parts, Curt completes his example Rails application in merely 47 lines of code.
  • Ruby on Rails: An Interview with David Heinemeier Hansson by Edd Dumbill — Few can have missed the rise of the programming world’s latest star platform–Ruby on Rails. Rails’ creator, David Heinemeier Hansson, already wowed the crowds at this year’s OSCON, and is set to keynote the European O’Reilly Open Source Convention in Amsterdam this October. O’Reilly Network talked with him about Rails’ success and future.
  • Ajax on Rails by Curt Hibbs — XMLHttpRequest and Ruby on Rails are two hot topics in web development. As you ought to expect by now, they work really well together. Curt Hibbs explains the minimal Ajax you need to know and the minimal Ruby you need to write to Ajax-ify your Rails applications.

Ruby On Rails at the Tipping Point?

Cobbie just sent me a link to David Geary’s article entitled Tipping Rails. David is wondering out loud if Ruby on Rails has reached a tipping point and is about to break out and garner mass adoption. I don’t really have any opinion on this topic but I do know that Ruby is stealing a lot of mind share from Java and even .NET. Dave Thomas introduced me to Ruby like thousands of others at one of the NFJS events and I’ve loved learning more and developing in Ruby. My copy of the Pickaxe book is looking pretty worn which is unbelievable as most technical books have a shelf life of about 3-4 weeks, if that.

I wish Ruby on Rails really gives Java a run for the money as competition is great and I hope Java and Rails force each other to get better. But I still see Java and Rails solving different problems. While Java or specifically Enterprise Java’s sweet spot is the large, distributed, scalable applications (See Cameron Purdy’s trading systems post on TSS), Ruby on Rails can fill the niche for small to medium web applications where time-to-market is the most critical item. I guess time will tell – In 2 years, the Ruby Insurgency will have taken hold and displaced Java and the must-learn language. And if Sun keeps coming up with more technologies like JSF, Rails will be the dominant web development framework. ;-)