Links for December 30th through January 4th

  • Why Your Next Cloud App Will Probably Suck Without….Unit Testing – Put simply, developers use unit tests as an internal control on the functionality and compatibility of their applications when changes to features, code or the environment happen.
  • Hacking Knowledge: How to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better in the 21st Century | OEDb – We've collected some amazing tips and tricks (an update of our earlier article, almost seven years old now) you can use to help you get the most out of the time you spend learning. From study suggestions to brain hacks, these tips are sure to help you learn faster, deeper, and better, no matter the subject.
  • America’s Real Criminal Element: Lead – Cleaning up the rest of the lead that remains in our environment could turn out to be the cheapest, most effective crime prevention tool we have. And we could start doing it tomorrow.
  • Advanced NFL Stats: Play-by-Play Data – I've recently completed a project to compile publicly-available NFL play-by-play data. It took a while, but now it's ready.
  • Introduction to Spring Data Neo4j | Architects Zone – Here's a 1-hour practical guide to getting started with Spring Data on Neo4j. This will cover Spring Data Neo4j's features/benefits, use cases, and a step by step demo.
  • The future according to Google’s Larry Page – Fortune Tech – Google CEO Larry Page envisions a future in which computers plan your vacations, drive your cars, and anticipate your whims. Audacious? Maybe. But Page's dreams have a way of coming true.
  • Seven Deadly Sins of Modern Objective-C – We're all guilty of some Objective-C sins, I'm sure, but the important thing is to improve. We're at the dawn of a new year. Why not take this opportunity to reflect on why you've been so sinful and find ways to code more virtuously in the new year?
  • Introducing Spring Scala – The goal of the Spring Scala project is simply to make it easier to use the Spring framework in Scala. We believe that there are many Spring users out there who want to try Scala out, but do not want to leave their experience with Spring behind. This project is meant for those people.
  • Sublime Package Control – a Sublime Text 2 Package Manager by wbond – A full-featured package manager that helps discovering, installing, updating and removing packages for Sublime Text 2. It features an automatic upgrader and supports GitHub, BitBucket and a full channel/repository system.
  • Eve is a multipurpose, web based agent platform that uses existing protocols for communication (HTTP, XMPP, JSON-RPC) – Eve is a multipurpose, web based agent platform. The project aims to develop an open protocol for communication between software agents. Eve is designed as a decentral, scalable system for autonomously acting agents. Eve uses the existing world wide web as platform, and uses existing protocols for communication (HTTP, XMPP, JSON-RPC).
  • twig-persist – Object Datastore for Google App Engine – Twig is an object persistence interface built on Google App Engine's low-level datastore which overcomes many of JDO-GAEs limitations including improved support for inheritance, polymorphism and generic types. You can easily configure, modify or extend Twigs behaviour by implementing your own strategies or overriding extension points in pure Java code.
  • OWNER – Java properties files made super simple! – The goal of OWNER API is to minimize the code required to handle application configuration through Java properties files. The inspiring idea for this API comes from GWT i18n
  • Java.next() -> Scala or Groovy? – Generally the understanding is that scala has the ability to disrupt the status quo rather than incrementally improving it like Groovy. Scala has done and doing good job of reducing the cost of abstraction transliterate Java into Scala and end up with bytecode that is almost exactly the same. Scala has some original good ideas and well thought out type system.
  • Windows 8 proving less popular than Vista | KitGuru – Data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 is less popular than Windows Vista, the operating system that proved unpopular with the enthusiast audience.
  • Antivirus Makers Work on Software to Catch Malware More Effectively – NYTimes.com – Consumers and businesses spend billions of dollars every year on antivirus software. But these programs rarely, if ever, block freshly minted computer viruses, experts say, because the virus creators move too quickly. That is prompting start-ups and other companies to get creative about new approaches to computer security.
  • HtmlUnit vs JSoup: html parsing in Java – In this blog I will compare JSoup with other similar framework, HtmlUnit. Apparently both of them are good Html parsing frameworks and both can be used for web application unit testing and web scraping. In this blog, I will explain how HtmlUnit is better suited for web application unit testing automation and JSoup is better suited for Web Scraping.
  • Progress of Happiness – The first is that sucking at something is the first step of getting better at it. And that trying really hard isn’t supposed to be easy. In fact, getting better at anything isn’t supposed to be easy. You are bound to get fail, get hurt, fail again before you succeed.
  • Microsoft WebMatrix – Open Source Web Applications Made Easier – Open source web apps make it easy to get started developing websites, but they can sometimes be time-consuming to get configured on your computer. WebMatrix makes it simple and straightforward.
  • Safeguard Your Phone from Malware – WSJ.com – According to a report by research group Juniper Networks, JNPR -2.07% hackers are increasingly targeting smartphones and other mobile devices with malicious software (also known as malware) to gain access to personal information. The threat is still small in comparison to computers, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take precautions to protect your smartphone.

Links for April 30th through May 4th

Links for November 21st through November 25th

Daily del.icio.us for November 23rd through November 24th

Daily del.icio.us for October 30th through November 5th

  • Exclusive First Listen: Norah Jones : NPR – A warm, organic-sounding record, The Fall showcases Jones' musical depth in exciting and unexpected ways, suitable for old fans and newcomers alike. Please leave your opinions of the album in the comments section below.
  • Closure Compiler – Google Code – The Closure Compiler is a tool for making JavaScript download and run faster. It is a true compiler for JavaScript. Instead of compiling from a source language to machine code, it compiles from JavaScript to better JavaScript. It parses your JavaScript, analyzes it, removes dead code and rewrites and minimizes what's left. It also checks syntax, variable references, and types, and warns about common JavaScript pitfalls.
  • Atmosphere Framework 0.4 Released – Atmosphere allow the creation of RESTful and Ajax Push/Comet applications, and version 0.4 is ready for prime time. This release contains many new features and can be seen in action in many well-known frameworks.
  • Five Important Trends on the Enterprise Architect’s Radar | Javalobby – It is no secret that the internet architectures are influencing enterprise architectures. This post attempts to summarise some of the recent trends in the internet space, which seem to be carrying some momentum sufficient enough to influence the enterprise.
  • The iPhone dons a suit and tie – Apple 2.0 – Fortune Brainstorm Tech – "There is growing evidence that the iPhone is making inroads into the Enterprise," writes Deutsche Bank research analyst Chris Whitmore in a report to clients Monday.
  • Developers: the best smart phone platform is? – ……he’d bias to iPhone and Android, if he had to make a choice of only two platforms to develop on. This is also what I’m hearing from many other developers.
  • InfoQ: Real-life SOA
  • KS2009: How Google uses Linux [LWN.net] – If Google's plans to become more community-oriented come to fruition, the result should be a better kernel for all.
  • Smartphone Showdown: iPhone 3GS vs Motorola Droid – If hype were to be believed, the Motorola DROID is the pièce de résistance of the mobile world; the conclusive creation sent down by the Great Smartphone in the sky to rid us of our woes
  • InfoQ: SpringOne/2GX 2009 Keynote – TeamCity 5.0 is approaching inevitably and here we are with fresh EAP build.
    All major new features have been introduced already in previous EAPs, but still you’ll find lots of improvements and fixes to check

Daily del.icio.us for October 17th through October 20th

  • 500 Internal Server Error – 500 Internal Server Error
  • REVIEW: Ext JS 3.0 Eases Web App Development – Ext JS is a cross-browser JavaScript library for building rich Internet applications, Version 3.0 of Ext JS makes it very easy to create GUIs that run in the browser using JavaScript
  • Microsoft CEO Ballmer Announces SharePoint Server 2010, Office 2010 Beta – Teper also hinted that more business intelligence will be integrated into SharePoint Server 2010, courtesy of Microsoft’s acquisition of business-intelligence software maker ProClarity in April 2006
  • Droid, the phone that finally lets me cancel my iPhone — here’s why | VentureBeat – A new phone called Droid is about to hit the market at the end of October, and it will likely have the glitz and power to bury the iPhone
  • Java VisualVM – Developer`s Nightmare is Over – VisualVM is an open source tool for monitoring and profiling your Java applications. VisualVM is now integrated with JDK 6 update 7 release and also available as a stand-alone setup. Java 7 plans to integrate next version 1.2.
  • InfoQ: Solving SOA Problems by Merging It with WOA – Web-Oriented Architecture (WOA)… [is] a parallel "track" for SOA that's evolved organically in the wilds of the online world to meet many of the same challenges that we have in our organizations today.
  • InfoQ: Software Testing With Spring Framework – This article provides an overview of the support provided by Spring framework in the areas of unit and integration testing. I will use a sample loan processing web application to help the readers in implementing an Agile Testing framework in a typical Java EE application and how to use Spring test classes to test the application functionality.
  • InfoQ: Practices from “SOA Principles of Service Design” by Thomas Erl – “SOA Principles of Service Design” by Thomas Erl is an encyclopedia of service design principles needed to build SOA solutions. This article contains three supporting practices taken from the book: Service Profiles, Vocabularies, and Organizational Roles
  • Wolfram|Alpha Webservice API – The Wolfram|Alpha API gives you access to the Wolfram|Alpha platform at all levels—from individual results to complete Wolfram|Alpha output pages. The API operates as a high-performance REST-style webservice, with convenient bindings for all popular languages and platforms.
  • Video on the Web – Dive Into HTML5 – You may think of video files as “AVI files” or “MP4 files.” In reality, “AVI” and “MP4″ are just container formats. Just like a ZIP file can contain any sort of file within it, video container formats only define HOW to store things within them, not WHAT kinds of data are stored

Daily del.icio.us for June 3rd through June 4th