Parallels 8 Brings Tighter Integration Between OS X and Windows – Parallels 8 throws the gauntlet in a major way, offering closer integration between OS X and Windows than I’ve ever seen in a virtual machine environment. The team pulled out all of the stops to make using Windows apps and even entire desktops a seamless and pleasant experience on any Mac, including the new Retina MacBook Pro.
Why I’m choosing CouchDB – Couch has several features that appealed to me. First, it’s a pure json document store. This means that all documents are json, and they can have any number of fields, and you can add new fields to an existing document at any time. There’s no schema and thus no migrations to manage.
What 10gen nailed with MongoDB by Calvin French-Owen – When my co-founders and I first started on our startup a little over a year ago, we asked other startups about what to database they were using. Nine out of ten people all had the same response: “Just go with Mongo.”
Scalable Internet Architectures – Theo Schlossnagle presents several architectural design principles useful for building scalable systems starting from the networking up to the application layer.
Introducing WireMock – an HTTP service stubbing library – WireMock is a tool that allows HTTP exchanges to be stubbed and verified. It does this by creating an actual HTTP endpoint, rather than by stubbing or mocking the HTTP client class. It can be used directly from within JUnit (or your weapon of choice), run as a standalone process or deployed into a container with the aim of covering off a wide range of testing scenarios.
Solving the Two Week Problem by Developing in the Cloud | OpenShift by Red Hat – We didn’t create a cloud-based IDE because it was novel. We did it because the consistency of the development experience is orders of magnitude better than current options. It’s only getting better from here. With our enterprise-class foundation in OpenShift, the Cloud9 platform is setting the stage for the future of development. Start your next application today at c9.io.
6 things I do to be consistently happy – One of the most important things I’ve learned during this time is that I perform the best when I’m happy. It really does change everything. If I’m happy then I’m more productive when hacking code, I’m better at answering support, and I find it easier to stay focused.
Jesper’s Blog: My Take on Haskell vs Scala – I've used both Haskell and Scala for some time now. They are both excellent and beautifully designed functional programming languages and I thought it would be interesting to put together a little comparison of the two, and what parts I like and dislike in each one
Netflix open sources cloud-testing Chaos Monkey – Netflix has open sourced Chaos Monkey, a service designed to terminate cloud computing instances in a controlled manner so companies can ensure their applications keep running when a virtual server dies unexpectedly. In the past year, Chaos Monkey has terminated more than 65,000 of Netflix’s instances.
JAMP: an ultra portable PHP, web server and database stack in Java – This tutorial describes how to set up the PHP and database stack in the Jetty web server. First we set up a web application (webapp for short) in Java which can interpret .php files using Quercus. Then we setup the H2 database engine. Last, we setup the part where PHP can connect to H2 while actually thinking it is MySQL that it's connecting to (using H2's MySQL compatibility mode, because PHP does not have support for H2). Here we go!
Lessons Learned in Deploying PaaS – Colin Humphreys discusses PaaS: why they chose a certain PaaS solution for their customers, PaaS in ALM, lessons learned from their experiences and what to expect from different PaaS vendors.
The Netflix Tech Blog: Lessons Netflix Learned from the AWS Storm – Netflix made the decision to move from the data center to the cloud several years ago . While it’s easy and common to blame the cloud for outages because it’s outside of our control, we found that our overall availability over the past several years has steadily improved
Lance Walton on Scala in the Enterprise – Lance Walton discusses Scala in the enterprise, educating developers in functional programming and whether Scala's binary compatibility issues between releases are a problem, and much more.
Goodbye MongoDB – Over the last two or three years we have been using MongoDB in some mid-size projects. Now it is time to say goodbye to MongoDB for a variety of technical reasons:
VMware’s Vision For Next-Generation Applications – The moves are aimed at Java developers, particularly those who already use VMware's Spring Framework for lightweight Java development. Enterprise Java applications frequently end up in the virtualized part of the data center. By making it easier to produce them, VMware is also making it more likely they'll be deployed on its virtual machines
The Big Three – Scala, Clojure and Groovy | The Code General – The most encouraging outcome of the last few years has been the flourishing ecosystem around new JVM languages. A decade ago the CLR was being proclaimed as *the* runtime to support multiples languages. Thanks to the community the JVM is looking more and more like the preferred target for new languages, innovation and research.
MongoDB Overview | Channel 9 – Jared Rosoff covers the basics of Mongo and then explains the purpose and architecture of MongoDB replica sets (for scalable read operations) as well as MongoDB's approach to sharding (for scalable write operations).
This Is What Developing For Android Looks Like | TechCrunch – Animoca, a Hong Kong mobile app developer that has seen more than 70 million downloads, says it does quality assurance testing with about 400 Android devices. Again, that’s testing with four hundred different phones and tablets for every app they ship!
Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms – Mobile application development is a very important and strategic IT topic. In 2012, Gartner is making major updates to this research to reflect market convergence. We analyze platforms that allow enterprises to build, support and manage mobile applications for both customers and employees.
Full Samsung Galaxy S III launch event now online | The Verge – If you weren't around for our live coverage of yesterday's Galaxy S III event, it's fair to say that you missed quite a lot. Luckily, Samsung has uploaded the entire event, along with some close-ups, additional hands-on videos, and interviews that you wouldn't have seen yesterday
RubyMotion – Ruby for iOS – RubyMotion is a revolutionary toolchain for iOS that lets you quickly develop and test native iOS applications for iPhone or iPad, all using the awesome Ruby language you know and love.
InfoQ: Architecting in the Gaps – Eoin Woods suggests creating the architecture of a system by discovering the interactions between the components and focusing on the boundaries, helping with defining the interfaces and interactions.
Real world feedback from a Java dev using Scala | Cape Coder – Since I fall squarely within the target audience for Scala I’ve decided to share my experiences and impressions using Scala from a Java programmer’s perspective. Overall I’m very impressed by Scala and plan to use it more, but do have plenty of constructive criticism which I provide at the end of this blog pos
GitHub Enterprise 11.10.260 Release · GitHub – We're excited to announce the latest release of GitHub Enterprise. The response to the product since its launch last November has blown us away and we'd like to tell you about a few of the great things we've been working on to make it even better.
The Vision for "QlikView.next" – Donald Farmer presented the themes for “QlikView.next,” the code name for the next generation of the QlikView Business Discovery platform.
Why Postgres – Very often recently I find myself explaining why Postgres is so great. In an effort to save myself a bit of time in repeating this, I though it best to consolidate why Postgres is so great and dispel some of the historical arguments against it.
The Elegant Ruby Web Framework – Padrino Ruby Web Framework – Padrino is a ruby framework built upon the Sinatra web library. Sinatra is a DSL for creating simple web applications in Ruby. Padrino was created to make it fun and easy to code more advanced web applications while still adhering to the spirit that makes Sinatra great!
InfoQ: The Open Group Releases Standards for SOA Architects, Cloud Service Providers – The Open Group recently published three standards that aid organizations that are building infrastructure-as-a-service offerings and service oriented architectures. In addition to releasing the Service Oriented Architecture Reference Architecture (SOA RA) and Service Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure Framework (SOCCI), the Open Group also updated their Open Group Service Integration Maturity Model (OSIMM). In concert, these standards provide expert advice in the form of best practices, questionnaires, and templates for SOA and cloud-scale infrastructure architecture.
paperplanes. A Tour of Amazon’s DynamoDB – Sorted range keys, conditional updates, atomic counters, structured data and multi-valued data types, fetching and updating single attributes, strong consistency, and no explicit way to handle and resolve conflicts other than conditions. A lot of features DynamoDB has to offer remind me of everything that's great about wide column stores like Cassandra, but even more so of HBase
The Five Stages of Hosting (Pinboard Blog) – I thought it might be fun to write up five common options for hosting a web business, ranked in decreasing order of 'cloudiness'. People who aren't interested in this kind of minutia would be wise to pull the rip cord right here.
The death of Steve Jobs: Steve Jobs and America’s decline | The Economist – There are lots of things it could do to improve the ability of and incentives for American companies and workers to innovate and grow, whether it’s taxing fossil fuels, giving more green cards to foreign scientists and engineers or simplifying the tax code. These days, however, that seems a fantasy compared to more prosaic demands such as, don’t shut down the government, starve critical government agencies of funds or default on the national debt.
Moving from SVN to Git in 1,000 easy steps! « Code as Craft – This past summer we completed a project that spanned several months of planning and preparation – moving our source control from Subversion to Git. The code that runs our search engine, front-end web stack, support/admin tools, API, configuration management, and more are now stored in and deployed from Git. We thought some of you might find our approach migrating an 80-100 person engineering team interesting and possibly instructive.
A Look at the NoSQL Landscape | Javalobby – Take a look at the current landscape of NoSQL stores and figure out why you might need NoSQL in this recent podcast where Bruce Elgort talks with Mark Myers from the London Developer Co-op.
Google Guava – Synchronization with Monitor – The Google Guava project is a collection of libraries that every Java developer should become familiar with. The Guava libraries cover I/O, collections, string manipulation, and concurrency just to name a few
Martin Fowler on Polyglot Persistence | Architects Zone – What all of this means is that if you're working in the enterprise application world, now is the time to start familiarizing yourself with alternative data storage options. This won't be a fast revolution, but I do believe the next decade will see the database thaw progress rapidly.
InfoQ: The Kotlin Programming Language – Andrey Breslav introduces the upcoming Kotlin language created by JetBrains, a general purpose JVM-based language, statically typed, object-oriented, and meant to be more concise than Java.
Raible Designs | Play 2.0, A web framework for a new era – This was a great talk on what's new in Play 2.0. I especially like the native support for LESS and CoffeeScript and the emphasis on trying to keep developers using two tools: their editor and the browser. The sample apps look great, but the documentation look sparse. I doubt I'll get a chance to migrate my Play 1.2.3 app to 2.0 this month, but I hope to try migrating sometime before the end of the year.
Google Web Toolkit Blog: GWT and Dart – We view Dart as an ambitious evolution of GWT’s mission to make web apps better for end users … we anticipate working closely with the GWT developer community to explore Dart.
whoosh – Fast pure-Python indexing and search library. – Whoosh is a fast, featureful full-text indexing and searching library implemented in pure Python. Programmers can use it to easily add search functionality to their applications and websites. Every part of how Whoosh works can be extended or replaced to meet your needs exactly.
10 programming languages worth checking out – H3RALD – This article deals with ten possible candidates, and it’s far from being an exhaustive list. The programming languages described henceforth are very different from each other, but they all have one thing in common: they all stimulate my curiosity in their own, very different ways.
Daring Fireball: Universe Dented, Grass Underfoot – I like to think that in the run-up to his final keynote, Steve made time for a long, peaceful walk. Somewhere beautiful, where there are no footpaths and the grass grows thick. Hand-in-hand with his wife and family, the sun warm on their backs, smiles on their faces, love in their hearts, at peace with their fate.
Effective Mockito Part 2 – As promised in the first part of the "Effective Mockito" blog series, I will concentrate on Mockito specifics in the followup posts. So, the main topic for Part 2 is Mockito's @Mock Annotation.
Incredibly Useful CSS Snippets | webexpedition18 – Below is a list of CSS snippets that will help you minimize headaches, frustration and save your time while writing css, and I hope you will find it useful. Whether you are a experienced web developer, or just getting started with css, they are all worth checking out.