InfoWorld preview: Visual Studio LightSwitch chases app dev Holy Grail | Developer World – InfoWorld – One of the Holy Grails of application development has been to allow a businessperson to build his or her own application without needing a professional programmer. Microsoft's latest attempt at this is Visual Studio LightSwitch, now in its first beta test. LightSwitch uses several technologies to generate applications that connect with databases. It can run on a desktop or in a Web browser, and it can use up to three application layers: client tier, middle tier, and data access.
InfoQ: Deploying Java Applications on Amazon EC2 – Chris Richardson presents the details of deploying multi-tier Apache/Tomcat/MySQL applications on Amazon EC2, what it takes to access EC2, to deploy a web server, an application server, and a database, handling security, making a case for PaaS which does not require an administration effort.
Spring 3.0.4 is Now Available | SpringSource.org – Spring 3.0.4 is now available. This release addresses over 80 minor issues and updates Spring's support for some recent third-party releases including Hibernate Core 3.6, Hibernate Validator 4.1, EclipseLink 2.1, and EHCache 2.2.
Writing good unit tests, Part 1: Follow your GUTs – JavaWorld – Just like production code, test code needs to be rigorously examined to ensure it's clean and bug free. In this first half of a two-part article, Klaus Berg makes the case for why good unit tests are as important as high-quality production code, then provides a comprehensive listing of agile tools and best practices used to improve the internal quality of test code
Hadoop, Analytical Software, Finds Uses Beyond Search – NYTimes.com – MapReduce represented a couple of breakthroughs. The technology has allowed Google’s search software to run faster on cheaper, less-reliable computers, which means lower capital costs. In addition, it makes manipulating the data Google collects so much easier that more engineers can hunt for secrets about how people use the company’s technology instead of worrying about keeping computers up and running.
Useful scripts to plot charts in web pages – In this post I want to suggest you a list of some interesting scripts you can use to plot easily charts (line, area, pie, bar…) in your web pages using jQuery, MooTools, Prototype and other JS frameworks
The Positive Legacy of C++ and Java – In a recent discussion, there were assertions that C++ was a poorly-designed language. I was on the C++ Standards Committee for 8 years, and saw the decisions take place. I think it's helpful to understand the language choices for both C++ and Java in order to see the bigger perspective.
Type-safe Builder Pattern in Java « Michid’s Weblog – Recently I read this rather fascinating post about a Type-safe Builder Pattern in Scala. When Heinz Kabutz mentioned the builder pattern in his latest issues of the The Java Specialists’ Newsletter I decided to try to come up with a type safe version for Java.
InfoQ: Spring 2.5: New Features in Spring MVC – This article is the second part of a three-part series exploring annotations introduced in Spring 2.5. It covers annotations support in the Web layer. The final article will highlight additional features available for integration and testing.
jetlang – Message based concurrency for Java – Jetlang provides a high performance java threading library. The library is based upon Retlang. The library is a complement to the java.util.concurrent package introduced in 1.5. The library should be used for message based concurrency similar to event based actors in Scala. The library does not provide remote messaging capabilities. It is designed specifically for high performance in-memory messaging.
Linux.com :: Using free software for HTTP load testing – A good way to see how your Web applications and server will behave under high load is by testing them with a simulated load. We tested several free software tools that do such testing to see which work best for what kinds of sites.
IntelliJ IDEA Blog » Blog Archive » IntelliJ IDEA 7.0.4 Takes Off – Good news, everyone! We’re happy to announce the release of IntelliJ IDEA 7.0.4! Though this is a regular maintenance release, we have some cool stuff (besides performance improvements and bug-fixes — things you can typically find in any maintenance release) up our sleeve for you: Reworked Ruby, JRuby and Rails support, Way better smart Maven integration, Version control with Subversion 1.5