Links for November 9th through November 16th

  • Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPhone and iPad – Updated for iOS 7. Tools and APIs required to build applications for the iPhone and iPad platform using the iOS SDK. User interface designs for mobile devices and unique user interactions using multi-touch technologies. Object-oriented design using model-v
  • Android vs. iOS Development: Fight! | TechCrunch – The eternal startup question "Android or iOS first?" grows ever thornier, with news that Android’s market share exceeds 80%. But never mind the managers and non-technical founders: what do developers! developers! think of that divide? Whoever makes life easier for them gains a sizable edge.
  • Java EE 6 vs. Spring Framework: A technology decision making process – Pure Java EE 6 Stack vs. Spring with Java EE – The following blog article summarizes key issues I found interesting when you consider one of those technology stack options. I will not try to convince somebody to choose either of the two. It’s the decision making process and the key arguments that are important to me and that I want to share.
  • Security Concerns Not Slowing Public Cloud Adoption – If CIOs are so scared about public cloud security, why is infrastructure as a service adoption proceeding at breakneck pace?
  • RocksDB | A persistent key-value store for fast storage environments – RocksDB is an embeddable persistent key-value store for fast storage. RocksDB can also be the foundation for a client-server database but our current focus is on embedded workloads. RocksDB builds on LevelDB to be scalable to run on servers with many CPU
  • Surprise! Java is fastest for server-side Web apps – In benchmarks, Java-based frameworks enjoy big performance lead over rivals, but other factors entice developers as well
  • Eclipse 3.6 vs IntelliJ IDEA 10.5: Pros and Cons | Java Code Geeks – After having worked with Eclipse for over 5 years I’ve came to use IntelliJ IDEA intensively on a J2EE project in three months and took this as an opportunity to compare the two. You can’t really compare 5 years and 3 months but I still believe that it is
  • On-Demand Webinar: Using PhoneGap and Couchbase Lite to Create Data-Intensive Applications – In this webinar you'll see how you can use PhoneGap and Couchbase Lite together to create highly responsive, datacentric applications in HTML5 or JavaScript that are always-available regardless of network connectivity.
  • Pivotal Introduces Pivotal One, The World’s First Next-Generation Multi-Cloud Enterprise PaaS – Pivotal Introduces Pivotal One, The World's First Next-Generation Multi-Cloud Enterprise PaaS
  • An Introduction to Nitra | JetBrains Company Blog – Nitra is not only about creating and extending existing languages, but it also about tooling. Defining a syntax module will also provide features such as syntax highlighting, code folding, static analysis, refactoring, navigation and symbol lookup, effectively all the features that we provide in our existing tools and IDE’s.
  • dataset: databases for lazy people – The answer is that programmers are lazy, and thus they tend to prefer the easiest solution they find. And in Python, a database isn’t the simplest solution for storing a bunch of structured data. This is what dataset is going to change!
  • 7 Things That Make Google F1 and the FoundationDB SQL Layer So Strikingly Similar – Below are seven of the strongest similarities; All quotes come directly from the above mentioned Google F1 paper. Read on and make up your own mind.
  • Slides: Mobile is eating the world – Quartz – This is a high-level view of mobile devices and usage worldwide, and the dynamics that shape them. Click to skip ahead to each section: mobile scale, tablets, ecosystem, mobile social & discovery.
  • Why You Should Never Use MongoDB – When you’re picking a data store, the most important thing to understand is where in your data — and where in its connections — the business value lies. If you don’t know yet, which is perfectly reasonable, then choose something that won’t paint you into a
  • Research Publications at Facebook – Giving people the power to share and connect requires constant innovation. At Facebook, we solve technical problems no one else has seen because no one else has built a social network of this size.
    Working at the intersection of research and engineering to make the world more open and connected is one of the best things about being at Facebook right now.
  • In The Age Of Twitter, Do We Need Oracle? Larry Ellison Isn’t Sure – Modern computing depends less and less on established technology vendors like Oracle. Just ask Twitter. Or Larry Ellison.
  • Sample Mobile Application with AngularJS – In recent months, I have been sharing different versions of the Employee Directory sample application built with different technology stacks, different frameworks, and different back-end (REST services) implementations. A number of you have asked for a version of the application built with AngularJS. So here it is

Links for October 27th through October 30th

  • Guava Collections Cookbook – This cookbook article is organized into small and focused recipes and code snippets for using Guava style collections.
  • Apple’s R&D up 32 percent in 2013, still dwarfed by rivals – Apple remains one of the smallest R&D spenders compared with its peers. Microsoft, for instance, spent $10.4 billion, or 13 percent of the company's revenue, on research during its 2013 fiscal year, which ran through June. There's also Google, which has spent $5.8 billion so far this year (and $9.8 billion in all of 2012), as well as Samsung, which spent around $10.5 billion on R&D last year and which is currently building a massive new facility in Silicon Valley.
  • Review: Mobile Web development frameworks face off – jQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch, Kendo UI, and Intel App Framework bring a native look and feel to Web apps for mobile devices
  • Mastering the building blocks of strategy – Increase your likelihood of developing effective strategies through an approach that’s thorough, action-oriented, and comfortable with debate and ambiguity.
  • The art of strategy | McKinsey & Company – Examining how strategies are created, implemented, and executed is a relatively recent practice. In this video interview, McKinsey’s Chris Bradley and Angus Dawson explain how strategic thought has evolved and where it is headed.
  • Cisco launches Internet of things division, eyes standardization – Cisco on Tuesday launched an Internet of things division that will focus on linking data, machines and people and the standards that go with them.
  • The Economist explains itself: Is The Economist left- or right-wing? – The Economist’s political stance – We like free enterprise and tend to favour deregulation and privatisation. But we also like gay marriage, want to legalise drugs and disapprove of monarchy. So is the newspaper right-wing or left-wing?
  • Webinar: Modern Component Design with Spring – YouTube – Speaker: Juergen Hoeller In recent years, the Spring Framework focuses on flexible and powerful Java-based configuration. This talk presents Spring as an annotation-oriented application framework, illustrating the rich set of features that Spring has to offer for modern component design. General component model trends will be discussed along with selected Spring feature highlights, such as standardized annotations for dependency injection, stereotypes, and declarative services such as validation and scheduling.
  • Microsoft makes available its Azure-based Hadoop service – Windows Azure HDInsight is "100 percent Apache Hadoop" and builds on top of HDP. HDInsight includes full compatibility with Apache Hadoop, as well as integration with Microsoft's own business-intelligence tools, such as Excel, SQL Server and PowerBI.
  • Google Search Serves Users From 600% More Locations than A Year Ago – From October 2012 to late July 2013, the number of locations serving Google’s search infrastructure increased from from a little less than 200 to a little more than 1400, and the number of ISPs grew from just over 100 to more than 850, according to the stu
  • Advanced Web Applications Using Symfony with Doctrine, Postgres, and Redis – My new book, Advanced Web Applications Using Symfony, will teach you the secrets behind building, deploying, and securing an advanced web application from the ground up!
  • Clojure from the ground up: welcome – This guide aims to introduce newcomers and experienced programmers alike to the beauty of functional programming, starting with the simplest building blocks of software. You’ll need a computer, basic proficiency in the command line, a text editor, and an i

Links for October 21st through October 25th

Links for September 29th through October 4th

Links for February 21st through February 26th

Links for January 9th through January 14th

  • RubySource | A Look at Ruby 2.0 – With Ruby 2.0 set to be released on February 24th, exactly on the 20th anniversary of Ruby’s first debut, I decided to write this article to give you a quick rundown of some of the most interesting changes.
  • A Carefully Selected List of Recommended Tools on Datavisualization.ch – That’s why we have put together a selection of tools that we use the most and that we enjoy working with. We called it selection.datavisualization.ch. It includes libraries for plotting data on maps, frameworks for creating charts, graphs and diagrams and tools to simplify the handling of data. Even if you’re not into programming, you’ll find applications that can be used without writing one single line of code.
  • How Japanese Kids Learn To Multiply – Amazing, No Need to Learn Japanese – Through a Japanese friend on twitter I came across this method and it shows how Japanese pupils learn to multiply in lessons. You do not need to learn Japanese to master this method.
  • An Advanced Guide to HTML & CSS – An Advanced Guide to HTML & CSS takes a deeper look at front-end design and development, expanding on what is covered in the beginner’s guide. Studying modern front-end development, this guide teaches the latest for any designer looking to round out their front-end skills.
  • Be Careful With Cache Managers | Javalobby – If you are using spring and JPA, it is very likely that you utilize ehcache (or another cache provider). And you do that in two separate scenarios: JPA 2nd level cache and spring method caching.
  • CodeOutlaw: iOS Development on Windows w/ PhoneGap Build – Using PhoneGap Build, I am able to build an app in HTML5, package it up, and send it to their servers to have it compiled and ready to install onto my iOS device.
  • Packaging a Sencha Touch App for iOS using Windows 7 – Packaging a Sencha Touch App for iOS using Windows 7.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro Hands-On: This Is What It Should Have Been All Along – Surface RT was an enormous letdown—not because it was bad, but because it could have been so, so good. But Microsoft brought the Pro version to Vegas and let us play—and I couldn't be happier.
  • UI Testing a Sencha App – I wanted to address this topic by adding UI Tests to my demo Ext JS application and discussing strategies for enterprise application testing.
  • The Atlantic Wire: Building for iPad on HTML5 and Sencha Touch – The Atlantic Wire and projects such as Fastbook showcase what is truly possible with HTML5 and the many benefits of building universal applications with open standards. Publishers like The Atlantic benefit from using HTML5 to build applications that are free of app store constraints, allowing them to innovate on their business model and the technical delivery. With HTML5, companies have the ability to build universal applications without limitations.
  • APIs | Codecademy – Build real-life apps with APIs – Want to write apps and build websites that can text your phone, pull in YouTube videos, or connect to Facebook and Twitter? Start doing all this and more with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

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.