Links for December 16th through December 19th

  • Properly testing Spring MVC controllers – Spring Test MVC is indispensable if you want to test your Spring MVC controllers. Simply testing the controller methods without including the Spring MVC framework itself, is useless. Spring Test MVC will be included in the Spring 3.2 release (so I'm told) but for now it can be found on Github:
  • Manage Your Database Schema in IntelliJ IDEA 12 – A while ago we shared this video with a quick overview of how to set up a connection to a database, use smart completion (even for SQL queries within Java), on-the-fly code analysis, navigation (between queries and database), search (for tables and fields), and more cool features.
    Now, please enjoy a new video with even more exciting features available in IntelliJ IDEA 12 for working with databases:
  • Sublime Text 2 screencast that explores the basics and expanded features of ST2 – Sublime Text is taking the programming community by storm, and rapidly unseating incumbents like TextMate and Vim for many programmers. This screencast series teaches you Sublime Text’s layout, navigation, and flow. You will also learn how to use more advanced features, such as tweaking the program’s interface or installing custom plugins. You’ll even incorporate the vast library of TextMate themes and plugins into the Sublime Text environment. This screencast teaches both the basics and expanded features of ST2, and accelerates you along the learning curve needed to become rapidly productive with this powerful editor.
  • JUnit Strikes Back | Tomek’s blog – There are also some new project emerging around JUnit, like the new initiative of providing Data Driven Testing to JUnit ( see EasyTest) or another attempt at parameterized tests (see Zohhak).
  • A programmer’s guide to big data: 12 tools to know — Data | GigaOM – But whatever the case, if your job revolves around writing code rather than data flows, you might need a little help. Here are 12 tools (listed alphabetically) that aim to help
  • Billions Of Reasons To Get Ready For Big Data – Forbes – Whether you know it or not, you've probably already experienced one of the next big things in IT.
  • New Features and Enhancements in Spring Framework 3.2 – This section covers what's new in Spring Framework 3.2.
  • Spring Framework 3.2 goes GA – Exactly one year after the Spring Framework 3.1 release, SpringSource is pleased to announce that Spring Framework 3.2 is generally available now!
  • Rod Johnson Talks Scala in TechCast #75 – The Typesafe Blog – Typesafe is very proud to have Rod Johnson on our board of directors but what really gets us excited is when he talks about his use of Scala. In this podcast he talks about why he likes Scala and when Java developers should consider using Scala.
  • The Making of Fastbook: An HTML5 Love Story | Blog | Sencha – When a team has problems with HTML5, it usually stems from the fact that they take a “website” development approach to building an app, and often don't use the right tools and architectures for application development. This is what we suspected about the Facebook HTML5 app. The way that app performed — slow loading, choppy user experience in the News Feed, low framerate — exhibited the usual symptoms.
  • Forecast 2013: The Appification Of Everything Will Turn The Web Into An App-o-verse – Forbes – hat we are seeing are the early stages of what I call, “The Appification of Everything.” This is not about adding more icons to your home screen, though, but about a fundamental shift in how we metabolize information and entertainment. The web as the universal storage medium is being superseded by the internet as universal flow medium. Instead of thinking about the web as a hierarchical tree of documents—a Wikipedia of Wikipedias—we need to start thinking about all of that content as an underlying service layer for application-based interfaces.
  • Does it pay to know your type? – The Washington Post – In the graphic below, we walk through the 16 types to give a sense of how these bigger-than-life personalities fit in the Myers-Briggs philosophy. The official test is based on Carl Jung’s work in psychological typology. Ryan Smith and Eva Gregersen, creators of celebritytypes.com, helped us take the extra step of historical-figure associations.
  • Mountain Lion Server tutorials – When setting up a server, getting it right early can save a lot of headache later. We've put together these tutorials to get you started in setting up a server.

Links for December 5th through December 12th

  • Testing Java Code With Confidence – Doug Hiebert discusses the principles and objectives behind automated testing, TDD, Unit and Integration Testing, using asserting and mocking to write tests, and static analysis.
  • Open source Java projects: Storm – Parallel realtime computation for unbounded data streams – Storm is a big data framework that is similar to Hadoop but fine-tuned to handle unbounded data streams. In this installment of Open source Java projects, learn how Storm builds on the lessons and success of Hadoop to deliver massive amounts of data in realtime, then dive into Storm's API with a small demonstration app.
  • Google Apps revenue: $1 billion over the last year | BGR – Google (GOOG) isn’t just be a consumer tech company anymore. Unnamed sources have told the Wall Street Journal that Google ”generated around $1 billion from the sale of Google Apps and separate mapping software to businesses and governments” over the past year, signifying that Google has made significant progress in its push into the business technology market.
  • Android’s Google Now services headed for Chrome, too | Internet & Media – CNET News – The all-purpose alert system isn't just for Android. Google is building Google Now into Chrome as well, taking advantage of its notifications system.
  • Gmail for iOS Hybrid implementation – Most of the talk around the web about the new app mentions the new “native” implementation, but as you can clearly see It’s not a fully native app, but a hybrid app with carefully crafted web elements.
  • Integration Testing of Spring MVC Applications: REST API, Part Two – This is the fifth part of my spring-test-mvc tutorial and it describes the integration testing of a REST API that is implemented by using Spring MVC. During this tutorial we will continue writing integration tests for a simple REST API that provides CRUD functions for todo entries
  • Christmas gift for someone you hate: Windows 8 – Microsoft has had since October 2008 to study Android. It has had since June 2007 to study iPhone. It seems as though they did not figure out what is good about the standard tablet operating systems.
  • NBCNews.com video: Apple CEO on challenge of keeping company cutting edge – Steve Jobs’ hand-picked successor, current Apple CEO Tim Cook, talks exclusively to Rock Center Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams about Apple’s battle with Samsung, glitches with their maps app, the prospect of Apple TV and the challenge of keeping Apple cutting edge.
  • New Release of Micro Cloud Foundry | CloudFoundry.com Blog – Micro Cloud Foundry is a complete version of the Cloud Foundry open PaaS, but it runs in a single virtual machine on a developer’s computer. Micro Cloud Foundry exemplifies how a multi-cloud approach to PaaS can help developers easily develop and test their applications locally and deploy to any Cloud Foundry-based clouds with no code or configuration changes.
  • Kindle FreeTime Unlimited includes access to 1000’s of books, games, apps, movies and TV shows, just for kids – Kindle FreeTime Unlimited is the first-ever all-in-one subscription that brings together all the types of content that kids and parents love – books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows. With unlimited access to thousands of hand-picked titles for kids ages 3-8, parents don't have to spend time (and money) guessing what their kids will enjoy, and kids can explore a world of age-appropriate content on their own – no ads, no in-app purchases.
  • IntelliJ IDEA 12 is Available for Download | JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Blog – IntelliJ IDEA 12 embraces the cutting edge version of the language and provides code assistance for the new syntax, such as lambda expressions, method references and default methods. Now you can try the new features of JDK 8 in your projects.

Links for November 22nd through November 30th

Links for October 24th through October 30th

Links for October 18th through October 23rd

Links for September 12th through September 15th

  • Spring 3.1 Caching and @Cacheable | Javalobby – The Guys at Spring have now devised a simple to use caching system based around a couple of annotations: @Cacheable and @CacheEvict. The idea of the @Cacheable annotation is that you use it to mark the method return values that will be stored in the cache.
  • Java Tutorials: ‘At First Sight’ With Closures in Java – In this tutorial we have got familiar with the concept of Functional Interfaces and Java Closure; Understood the Java Lambda Expression syntax, the Method Reference and the Constructor Reference. Also, we wrote our First Lambda Expressions Program with other 'Hello World' examples.
  • Elon Musk, the 21st Century Industrialist – Businessweek – Musk says he’s on target to get a spacecraft to the red planet in 10 to 15 years, perhaps with him on board. “I would like to die on Mars,” he says. “Just not on impact.”
  • Dropbox dives into CoffeeScript – Dropbox now writes all new browser-side code in CoffeeScript, and we’ve been loving it. We’ve already written several thousand new lines of coffee since launching in July.
  • Gallery of free HTML snippets for Twitter Bootstrap. | Bootsnipp.com – Bootsnipp is an element gallery for web designers and web developers, anybody who is using Twitter Bootstrap will find this website essential in their craft.
  • pdf.js is an HTML5 technology experiment that builds a PDF renderer without native code – pdf.js is an HTML5 technology experiment that explores building a faithful and efficient Portable Document Format (PDF) renderer without native code assistance.
  • Java: Spring Framework Round Table Discussion | Javalobby – This presentation and discussion is about Reducing XML problems when combining XML with Java; specifically with the Spring Framework.
  • j2objc – A Java to iOS Objective-C translation tool and runtime. – J2ObjC is an open-source command-line tool from Google that translates Java code to Objective-C for the iOS (iPhone/iPad) platform. This tool enables Java code to be part of an iOS application's build, as no editing of the generated files is necessary. The goal is to write an app's non-UI code (such as data access, or application logic) in Java, which is then shared by web apps (using GWT), Android apps, and iOS apps.
  • Nootropics – The Facts About "Smart Drugs" – While the idea of enhancing ones intelligence through the equivalent of taking your daily vitamins seems shocking to some, it is a definite possibility for those inclined to try to reach their full potential.
  • Will Go be the new go-to programming language? — Cloud Computing News – The Go language is gaining momentum among PaaS and IaaS vendors, says Apcera founder and CEO Derek Collison. Research shows the language gaining ground, although it hasn’t cracked the top 20. JavaScript and Java remain top dogs among overall programing languages.
  • Taking a look at the new Sencha SOAP Data Proxy | Blog | Sencha – The addition of the SOAP proxy makes it easy to connect your data stores to a whole new set of data. All of the options are there, so you can connect to existing SOAP services or new ones being built.
  • The Rise of the Mobile Web (and Web Audio on iOS 6) – We need to ask two questions: how fast/rich do most apps need to be and how much does the web need to improve to support them. Moore’s law now applies to the web: between javascript performance breakthroughs, mobile hardware improvements, and new APIs, the types of apps the mobile web can support is increasing rapidly.

Links for September 2nd through September 12th

Links for August 14th through August 17th

  • Hibernate 4.1.4: Envers tests run & pass on multiple DBs – Envers is an entity auditing framework, making it possible to store and query for historical data.
  • Integration At Scale: Lessons Learned From The New Enterprise Web – David Laing, Neels Burger, Neil Pellinacci, Parand Tony Darugar, and Scott Morrison (moderator) discuss the impact of integration of various interconnected devices, web technologies, and cultures.
  • OAuth – Everything You Want to Know (Hopefully) – Pratap Chilukuri explains what OAuth is and how it works, exemplifying using the protocol with an example.
  • Choose the "Right" Database and NewSQL: NoSQL Under Attack – Talk #1: Stefan Edlich suggests choosing a NoSQL DB after answering about 70 questions in 6 categories, and building a prototype. Talk #2: Edlich presents NewSQL solutions counteracting NoSQL.
  • Eli Collins on Hadoop – Eli Collins discusses Cloudera's CDH4 release, which tasks are well suited for Hadoop, Hadoop and MapReduce vs SQL, the state of Hadoop, and much more.
  • Sears Competes On Big Data and Loyalty Programs – Forbes – Sears has a very intensive big data program to drive customer loyalty; the sophistication surprised me and should interest investors.
  • Where Does Big Data Meet Big Database? – Ben Stopford takes a look at the Big Data movement, its development and implications, reflecting on a future where NoSQL solutions and traditional ones coexist.
  • Panel: How Banks Are Managing Their Data – Frank Tarsillo , John Davies, Jon Vernon and Ari Zilka (moderator) discuss the technologies and architectures used these days to manage large amounts of sensitive data in top financial institutions.
  • Video: Spring Roo—Not Just another RAD Tool! | SpringSource.org – In this presentation, SpringSource's Josh Long and Spring Roo in Action authors Ken Rimple and Srini Penchikala introduce Spring Roo 1.2, and then go further, exposing Roo's powerful addon-based underbelly. They introduce Roo's OSGi bundle support, and introduce how add-ons can be used to generate code, install templates, respond to addition / removal of annotations, and expose both open-source and internal-company libraries for use by your developers
  • Spring Data – One API To Rule Them All? – Spring Data is a high level SpringSource project whose purpose is to unify and ease the access to different kinds of persistence stores, both relational database systems and NoSQL data stores.
  • The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Clojure & JRuby) – Allen Rohner discusses the benefits and the problems of mixing Clojure and JRuby running them in the same process, making some recommendations at the end.
  • Google Web Toolkit Blog: GWT Support for Mobile App Development – If you’re interested in using GWT to build mobile apps and mobile web apps from a single codebase, then you’ll want to take a good look at mgwt. The following is a guest blog post from Daniel Kurka, the creator of the mgwt library.
  • anic – Faster than C, Safer than Java, Simpler than *sh – anic is the reference implementation compiler for the experimental, high-performance, implicitly parallel, deadlock-free general-purpose dataflow programming language ANI
  • Sencha Architect 2.1 Now Available | Blog | Sencha – Sencha Architect is now even better! Release 2.1 is finally here and the team is excited to share what we've been working on for the past three months. The goal for the first minor release was to improve performance and stability while continuing to add functionality that helps developers do even more.

Links for August 10th through August 13th

Links for August 1st through August 5th