Build a RESTful API with Martini – I’ve been looking for an excuse to try Martini ever since it was announced on the golang-nuts mailing list. Martini is a Go package for web server development that skyrocketed to close to 2000 stars on GitHub in just a few weeks
Leveraging PhoneGap within Sencha Touch – With the release of Sencha Touch 2.3 and Sencha Cmd 4, creating your cross platform hybrid applications has never been easier. PhoneGap is now a key feature in the Sencha Touch mobile workflow integrating seamlessly into the newly released, NodeJS based, P
cmder | Portable console emulator for Windows – Cmder is a software package created out of pure frustration over absence of nice console emulator on Windows. It is based on amazing software, spiced up with Monokai color scheme and custom prompt layout. Looking sexy from the start.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review from gdgt – With the Surface Pro 2, Microsoft hasn't changed much — it kept the study build and sharp display, adding a new kickstand and improved battery life. But, despite all it has going for it, the Surface Pro 2 is still a hybrid device that isn't going to suit everyone.
Technology Change: The journey from .NET to Scala – There are now several dev teams at Empathica working on Scala projects. Tool chains are being developed. Coding standards are being established and enforced. Libraries are being standardized across our projects. It’s starting to return to a comfortable
Webinar replay: Spring Boot – Simplifying Spring for Everyone – n this webinar Phil Webb will demonstrate how Spring Boot can take you from zero to Spring with minimal fuss. We will look at how you can rapidly prototype Spring applications using Groovy, and how Spring Configuration in Java applications can be radically
PhoneGap Explained in 5 Minutes – PhoneGap allows you to create cross-platform mobile apps using web technologies. It is not a tool for converting websites into apps. While it is easier for web developers to build mobile apps with PhoneGap than to develop them using native tools, it is not turnkey or simple
How exercise boosts brain health – Research has shown that exercise is good for the brain. Now investigators have identified a molecule called irisin that is produced in the brain during endurance exercise and has neuroprotective effects.
The HTML5 Scorecard: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly in iOS 7 – We’ve been testing the final release of iOS 7 over the last few days against our usual battery of HTML5 tests. Normally we’re effusive about new releases of iOS to the point of fanboy-dom, but this time, and for the first time ever, we’re disappointed in t
Red Hat brings JBoss middleware to PaaS cloud | ZDNet – The next phase of Red Hat's PaaS strategy focuses on the delivery of key additional Red Hat JBoss Middleware technologies in the cloud as services powered by OpenShift. This will include new integration capabilities, business process management (BPM), and mobile push notifications
AngularJS is amazing… and hard as hell – It's ok if you don't really understand AngularJS all at once. Getting started with the software is completely different that actually using for real applications. It just really takes time, more than you think it will to really get AngularJS.
The Second Coming of Java: Clinton-Era Relic Returns to Rule Web – In the summer of 2011, Bob Lee — the chief technology officer at Square and a former engineer at Google — announced at a prominent software conference that the web was “on the cusp of a Java renaissance.” Two years later, this renaissance is upon us. Like Twitter, many other companies have realized that Java is particularly well suited to building web services that can stand up to the massive amounts of traffic streaming across the modern internet.
Why I Hacked Apple’s TouchID, And Still Think It Is Awesome – Despite being hacked, TouchID is an exciting step forwards for smartphone security and I stand by our earlier blog on fingerprint security. Hacking TouchID gave me respect for its design and some ideas about how we can make it strong moving forward. I hope
Why Microsoft .Net failed – Microsoft tried, but it couldn't win the hearts and minds of developers who weren't already indoctrinated — and it alienated others along the way
CSS Sprites vs. Data URIs: Which is Faster on Mobile? | Mobify – Based on this research, I recommend limiting the use of data URIs to very small resources and to not use too many of them in your CSS or inline HTML. 15-20kB for max data URI size, and no more than 3 – 5 instances seems like a good rule of thumb for mobile!
Celluloid: Actor-based Concurrent Objects for Ruby – Celluloid is a concurrent object oriented programming framework for Ruby which lets you build multithreaded programs out of concurrent objects just as easily as you build sequential programs out of regular objects
Java 7 Sockets Direct Protocol – Write Once, Run Everywhere …. and Run (Some Places) Blazingly – This article will survey the new Java Sockets Direct Protocol (SDP) technology, a very exciting breakthrough that was recently introduced in the Java 7 SDK. SDP empowers the Ultra High Performance Computing (UHPC) community to use Java’s ubiquitously common features and merits for a very uncommon use case: native access to the InfiniBand Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) capability
I’ve Been Using Evernote All Wrong. Here’s Why It’s Actually Amazing – For years, I kept hearing how awesome Evernote was: how it could store everything you possibly needed, make it available everywhere, and how scores of people couldn't live without it. I tried it multiple times, and never saw the appeal until now. Here's what I was missing.
Application Resilience in a Service-oriented Architecture – Programming – Engineering resilience into an application is critical to achieving fault and latency tolerance. Operational considerations and support by client applications are equally important. These principles can be applied in many different ways and approaches will differ by language, technology stack, and personal preference but hopefully our experiences, and perhaps even our open source software, can inspire improved resilience in your systems.
Nginx for Developers: An Introduction – After struggling with it myself for a bit, I finally got down the basics of how to work with nginx, and wanted to share it so that other developers would have an easier time picking it up.
Using Native APIs in Sencha Desktop Packager | Blog | Sencha – Sencha Desktop Packager lets you to take an existing web application and deploy it as a desktop application. You can also integrate with the native platform by using additional APIs to create menus, show file dialogs, and access the file system. In this bl
Deploy Java Apps With Docker = Awesome | Atlassian Blogs – What I liked about Docker is how responsive and quick it is and the insta-repeatability that it delivers. Spawning up a new container takes literally the same time it takes to run the command on bare metal. It’s a joy to behold!
A Scala Tutorial for Java Programmers – Scala Documentation – This document gives a quick introduction to the Scala language and compiler. It is intended for people who already have some programming experience and want an overview of what they can do with Scala. A basic knowledge of object-oriented programming, especially in Java, is assumed.
Non-blocking IO in Servlet 3.1 By Example | Java.net – Servlet 3.1 (JSR 340) is almost ready for the release. One of the new features is the support for non-blocking IO. ReadListener and WriteListener are introduced to allow non-blocking processing in Servlet.
Red Hat pushes open source cloud with OpenStack distro | ZDNet – Linux software giant Red Hat has launched a community-led distribution of the OpenStack open source cloud platform. RDO — announced at the OpenStack Summit in Portland, USA, on Monday — is a free community-supported distro of OpenStack that will run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Fedora and their derivatives.
A Little Graph Theory for the Busy Developer – Jim Webber explores graph data analytic techniques using social graph properties inspired by anthropology and sociology, extracting online business intelligence from graph matching.
Hortonworks Sandbox – Go from zero to Big Data in 15 minutes – The Hortonworks Sandbox is designed to provide you with a personal Hadoop solution and learning platform in one convenient package. The Sandbox comes with step-by-step hands-on tutorials, demos, videos that allow you to go from Zero to Big Data in 15 Minutes
First 5 Minutes Troubleshooting A Server | devo.ps – Back when our team was dealing with operations, optimization and scalability at our previous company, we had our fair share of troubleshooting poorly performing applications and infrastructures of various sizes, often large (think CNN or the World Bank). Tight deadlines, “exotic” technical stacks and lack of information usually made for memorable experiences
Fliptop – Social Intelligence – At the end of the day, the scarcest resource in a startup is time. More code = more engineering time = more cost = higher burn rate. The features of Lift I’ve talked about (and others I haven’t yet, like Comet) help me to do the most amount of work with
Why I switched from iPhone to Android | TechHive – And so, by the end of the year, the idea of continuing to use an iPhone exclusively, or even as my primary phone, was no longer appealing. That's why I willingly parted with my unlimited data plan.