Links for November 22nd through November 30th

Links for November 4th through November 6th

Daily del.icio.us for March 3rd through March 5th

Daily del.icio.us for March 3rd through March 5th

Daily del.icio.us for February 12th through February 15th

Daily del.icio.us for January 26th through January 30th

Daily del.icio.us for August 13th through August 16th

  • Bamboo 2.3 is Available – See Elastic Bamboo in Action! – Bamboo 2.3 has just been released and is available for immediate download. This release expands support for scaling your continuous integration (CI) build system into the Amazon EC2 cloud, and makes it easier to manage complex builds as your team's use of CI grows.
  • Doctype – Web design Q & A – New Stack-Overflow-style question-and-answer site for web designers, from the makers of Litmus.
  • VMware puts squeeze on Red Hat with SpringSource buy | The Open Road – CNET News – Red Hat is, of course, taking a leadership role in virtualization and increasingly cloud computing. But it will need to quickly move beyond its dependence on its operating system business to sell a larger, strategic story or it faces the prospect of being an excellent, limited basic infrastructure vendor.
  • InfoQ: Google Wave Preview Opens Up on Sept 30th – What to Expect – With the Google Wave Preview scheduled for public availability on September 30th, Wave API Tech Lead Douwe Osinga has posted on the Wave Google Group about what the team has been working on along with some future directions.
  • InfoQ: SOA With Web Services, In Practice – This presentation discusses specific SOA properties that might result in major problems and concrete ways to solve such problems including appropriate decoupling, appropriate processes for dealing with life-cycles and heterogeneous repositories, and pragmatic solutions for interoperability, reliability, and security.
  • iBATIS 3 for Java Released (BETA 1) – iBATIS 3 is a complete rewrite from the ground up and thus represents the biggest change since the very first version of iBATIS released in 2002. There are a lot of modern features that take advantage of Java 5. iBATIS 3 includes simplified design and some great new tools for helping you build great database driven applications.
  • Original IntelliJ Cast | JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Blog – Let’s talk about type casts — those things you hardly can avoid in JVM-based code. Being a helpful IDE, IntelliJ IDEA now does all the casting stuff for you when you are using its code completion in Java and Groovy.
  • InfoQ: CouchDB From 10,000 Feet – This presentation takes a look at CouchDB from 10,000 ft. CouchDB is a document oriented database with a highly acclaimed REST API and replication support, that solves problems of high-traffic, distributed peer-to-peer, and offline applications. all at the same time. You will learn to decide when CouchDB is a good fit for your project and when you are better off with a traditional database.
  • Easier mocking with Mockito « JTeam Blog / JTeam: Enterprise Java, Open Source, software solutions, Amsterdam – I hope you can see by now why Mockito is a better alternative to EasyMock. At JTeam we’re adopting Mockito in all our new projects. And whenever we have to go back to EasyMock, in the code from earlier projects, we know it was a good move. Happy mocking!
  • Microsoft joins HTML 5 standard fray in earnest | Business Tech – CNET News – After leaving much of the creation of a new version of HTML to Apple, Google, Opera, and Mozilla, Microsoft has begun sinking its teeth into the Web standard.
  • punypng: making the web more puny, one png at a time | Gracepoint After Five – It’s a free png compression service that intelligently leverages multiple open-source png compression algorithms in the hopes of making the web more puny, one png at a time.

Daily del.icio.us for May 27th through June 2nd

  • Amazon Web Services Blog: Setting up a Load-Balanced Oracle Weblogic Cluster in Amazon EC2 – Oracle recently made available a set of AMI images suitable for use with the Amazon EC2 cloud computing platform. I found the two images (32-bit and 64-bit) that contain Weblogic (along with Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 and JRockit) the most interesting of the lot. This article will explain how to set up a basic two-node Weblogic cluster using the 32-bit Weblogic image provided by Oracle with an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer (ELB)
  • The Atlassian Blog – Introducing Confluence 3.0 – Meet the Macro Browser – Confluence 3.0 introduces the Macro Browser, a new way for users of all experience levels to build content-rich pages in seconds. The macro browser exposes the macros in your Confluence site – charts, task lists, photo galleries, RSS feeds and more – through a point-and-click graphical interface.
  • Google Soups Up Enterprise Search Appliance – Google's plan is to make GSA the most powerful, all-encompassing enterprise search server in the world and the first choice over Microsoft and products from Vivisimo, Endeca and Autonomy.
  • Collaboration and Content Strategies Blog: When You’re a Productivity Suite, Everything’s a Nail – Ultimately, this is just one facet of the "which tool to use?" problem I outlined previously, and it extends to most tools in the information worker toolbelt, from using e-mail for collaboration instead of a collaborative workspace to collating changes in Word docs instead of using a wiki
  • mockito – simpler & better mocking – Mockito is a mocking framework that tastes really well. It lets you write beautiful tests with clean & simple API. Mockito doesn't give you hangover because the tests are very readable and they produce clean verification errors
  • IntelliJ’s Maia shapes up against Eclipse • The Register – Maia will support version three of the Spring open-source Java programming framework, which will be detailed at next week's JavaOne in San Francisco, California, along with support for the OSGi modular Java framework and Apache's Tapestry component-based framework.
  • OpenXava – AJAX applications from JPA entities – OpenXava is a productive way for creating AJAX Enterprise Applications with Java. Indeed, it's faster developing with OpenXava than with Ruby On Rails, Spring MVC, or any other MVC framework.
  • Distributor – Distributor is a software TCP load balancer. Like other load balancers, it accepts connections and distributes them to an array of back end servers. Distributor is compatible with any standard TCP protocol (HTTP, LDAP, IMAP, etc.) and is also IPv6 compatible. Distributor has many unique and advanced features and a high-performance architecture
  • Server Fault – Server Fault is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for system administrators and IT professionals – regardless of platform. It's 100% free, no registration required.
  • Gawker – ‘Page’s Law’ Is Google Founder’s Next-Best Shot at Immortality – Larry Page – Page's Law is the inverse: It says software gets twice as slow every 18 months. This helps explain why your computer seems to get slower as it ages, even though the hardware inside remains unchanged.
  • Google Declares ‘The Web Has Won’ – InternetNews.com – "The Web has won — it's the dominant programming model of our time," said Vic Gondotra, Google's vice president for engineering.

Daily del.icio.us for May 2nd through May 7th

  • Agile Architecture : Software & Technology @kirkk.com – Agile practices play a critical role in agile architecture. Test-driven development lends you the courage to undergo architectural evolution. Continuous integration accommodates architectural shifts by ensuring issues encountered while refactoring are identified and corrected quickly. Supplementing your up-front design approach with an emergent strategy emphasizing spikes or proofs helps verify the architectural vision.
  • Googleplex in 200 Seconds – Quick tour of Googleplex, Google's Mountain View headquarters
  • Fresh Update: IntelliJ IDEA 8.1.1 | JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Blog – We’ve just released the fresh IntelliJ IDEA update version 8.1.1 You’re welcome to see what has been fixed and grab the fresh update off the shelf.
  • Ext JS – Ext JS 3.0 RC1.1 Released – There are many enhancements in Ext JS 3.0, too many to include in a single post. Some of the major features in Ext JS 3.0 are the splitting of Ext Core and Ext JS, Charting for visualizations, additional User Interface improvements, CRUD-like support with Ext.data.DataWriter, Remoting using Ext.Direct, CSS enhancements to make theming easier, and Accessibility improvements – Section 508 and ARIA support. We also fixed several browser issues for the latest Chrome and Safari releases and added IE8 support.
  • If You Tweet It, They Will Come – Pogue’s Posts Blog – NYTimes.com – First, something about Twitter creates trust and togetherness; some of my actors drove over an hour to a place they’d never been, responding to a 140-character request from a person they’d never met. No other technology, online or off, would have resolved my quest so satisfactorily.
  • Ubuntu on Amazon Web Services | Ubuntu – Ubuntu Server Edition on Amazon gives you the power of Ubuntu combined with the flexibility of Amazon's cloud computing service. Ubuntu's modularity, virtualization capabilities, range of applications and optimised performance make it the perfect solution if you're deploying applications on Amazon's Elastic Computing (EC2) cloud.
  • A new JDBC Driver for SQL Server – Microsoft SQL Server today announced the general availability of the JDBC v2.0 driver has been released. This release continues Microsoft's commitment to the Java community and non-Microsoft centric programming platforms. The driver can be found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/data/jdbc.
  • Anthropology: The Art of Building a Successful Social Site – ReadWriteWeb – Picture if you will, a collaborative site that runs on two servers, is managed by four people, and has attracted a third of its target demographic within six months of launch
  • Wade scores 41 as Heat slam Hawks to set up Game Seven | Sports | Reuters – Dwyane Wade scored 41 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 98-72 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday and force a deciding Game Seven in their Eastern Conference playoff series
  • Google Code Blog: Gmail for mobile HTML5 Series: Using AppCache to Launch Offline – Part 1 – On April 7th, Google launched a new version of Gmail for mobile for iPhone and Android-powered devices built on HTML5. We shared the behind-the-scenes story through this blog and would like to share more of our learnings in a brief series of follow up blog posts.

Daily del.icio.us for September 15th through September 19th

  • Google Co-Founder Has Genetic Code Linked to Parkinson’s – NYTimes.com – Sergey Brin, a Google co-founder, said Thursday that he has a gene mutation that increases his likelihood of contracting Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that can impair speech, movement and other functions
  • Ext JS – Ext GWT 1.1 Released – We are pleased to announce the release of Ext GWT 1.1. This release is packed full of new features and components. Ext GWT 1.1 is a recommended upgrade for all Ext GWT 1.0 users. Although a minor release, Ext GWT introduces many exciting new features to help build your rich internet application. With this release, Ext GWT shortens the feature set gap between Ext JS.
  • Was ‘Adult Supervision’ Needed On Wall Street? : NPR – The bankruptcy of financial services giant Lehman Brothers and the 500-point drop in the stock market on Sept. 15 have sent shock waves through the financial community. Michael Greenberger, a former director at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, tells Terry Gross that the government's decision to bail out AIG is a sign that the economy is "teetering on the brink."
  • Obama airs unusual economy ad – Mike Allen – Politico.com – Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is airing an unusual two-minute TV ad about the economy, calling for “shared responsibility” and “real regulation” to rein in an “anything-goes culture on Wall Street.”

    The ad is part of the campaign’s effort to respond confidently and convincingly to this weekend’s financial meltdown

  • Why Obama’s Health Plan Is Better – WSJ.com – Everyone agrees our health-care financing system must change. But only one candidate, Barack Obama, has real change we can believe in.
  • Sun Launches Open Suite for SWIFT for Financial Institutions and Corporate Treasuries – Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the launch of the Sun Open Suite for SWIFT, a complete end-to-end software and hardware infrastructure solution to help corporate treasuries and financial institutions kick-start fast and secure SWIFTNet integration
  • Ext JS – Ext JS at The Ajax Experience – Come join Jack Slocum and I for two developer focused sessions, "Hands On Ext" and “Advanced CSS and Theming of Ext JS” at The Ajax Experience at the end of this month. Feel free to follow along with your laptop or watch as we build an application and demonstrate how to create a custom theme in each hour long session.
  • Windows Games Run Faster on Linux than on Windows Vista / From Out There / rca / Fellows / The Fellowship – Fellowship of FSFE – These benchmarks say that GNU/Linux with Cedega or WINE runs the tested games 33 – 40% faster than Windows Vista. 40%! That's not just the fraction of fps that the hardcore crowd lusts for, that's a significant number.

    So the best modern platform to play Windows games on is not Windows but GNU/Linux

  • Stack Overflow – Stack Overflow is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for programmers — regardless of platform or language. Jump in and share your software engineering expertise!
  • The short – but eventful – life of Ike – The Big Picture – Boston.com – In its brief lifespan of only 13 days, Hurricane Ike wreaked great deal of havoc. Affecting several countries including Cuba, Haiti, and the United States, Ike is blamed for approximately 114 deaths (74 in Haiti alone), and damages that are still being tallied, with estimates topping $10 billion. Many shoreline communities of Galveston, Texas were wiped from the map by the winds, storm surge and the walls of debris pushed along by Ike – though Galveston was spared the level of disaster it suffered in 1900.