Why Microsoft .Net failed – Microsoft tried, but it couldn't win the hearts and minds of developers who weren't already indoctrinated — and it alienated others along the way
CSS Sprites vs. Data URIs: Which is Faster on Mobile? | Mobify – Based on this research, I recommend limiting the use of data URIs to very small resources and to not use too many of them in your CSS or inline HTML. 15-20kB for max data URI size, and no more than 3 – 5 instances seems like a good rule of thumb for mobile!
Celluloid: Actor-based Concurrent Objects for Ruby – Celluloid is a concurrent object oriented programming framework for Ruby which lets you build multithreaded programs out of concurrent objects just as easily as you build sequential programs out of regular objects
Java 7 Sockets Direct Protocol – Write Once, Run Everywhere …. and Run (Some Places) Blazingly – This article will survey the new Java Sockets Direct Protocol (SDP) technology, a very exciting breakthrough that was recently introduced in the Java 7 SDK. SDP empowers the Ultra High Performance Computing (UHPC) community to use Java’s ubiquitously common features and merits for a very uncommon use case: native access to the InfiniBand Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) capability
InfoQ: Running Heroku on Heroku – Noah Zoschke discusses self-hosting, bootstrapping, cross-compiling, avoiding circular dependencies, distributed process management, all in the context of running Heroku support apps on Heroku.
HTTPie: cURL for humans – HTTPie is a CLI HTTP utility built out of frustration with existing tools. The goal is to make CLI interaction with HTTP-based services as human-friendly as possible. HTTPie does so by providing an http command that allows for issuing arbitrary HTTP requests using a simple and natural syntax and displaying colorized responses:
Field Guide to Web Applications from Google – This field guide is designed to help you create great user experiences in your web apps. Whether you’re building your first web app, or are just looking for ways to improve existing experiences, there’s something here for you!
Introducing Spring Hadoop | SpringSource Team Blog – VMware have announced the availability of Spring Hadoop, which integrates the Spring Framework and the Apache Hadoop platform. The project provides a convenient mechanism for the configuration, creation, and execution of the various services and utilities such as MapReduce, Hive, Pig, and Cascading jobs via the Spring container
Spring Thread Pool Services – Java Code Geeks – Thread Pools are very important to execute synchronous & asynchronous processes. This article shows how to develop and monitor Thread Pool Services by using Spring. Creating Thread Pool has been explained via two alternative methods.
Working With Data in Sencha Designer | Learn | Sencha – This screencast provides an overview of the data layer in Sencha frameworks and demonstrates how you can use Designer to use the data capabilities. We explore the basics of creating stores, defining record structure using models, using proxies and readers to load data, sorting and grouping data, previewing loaded data, and attaching stores to views.
Significant Software Development Developments of 2011 | Javalobby – 2011 was yet another year that saw significant developments and advances in the software development industry. The lists compiled in this post indicate how broadly spread these advances were, affecting different programming languages, different deployment environments, and different stakeholders.
Groovy, the Python of Java – Groovy is respectful of and cooperative with Java itself. One of its primary design goals is to live alongside existing Java code, even while Groovy’s syntax far surpasses that of Java. In this respect, Groovy plays a very similar role in the Java ecosystem that Python plays in the C ecosystem
InfoQ: Apache Tika 1.0 Allows Easy Text Extraction for Java – The Apache Tika project aims to provide a single API for extracting data and detecting language from arbitrary input formats, such as text documents, spreadsheets, PDFs or images. Even audio or video input formats are supported to a certain degree.
InfoQ: Concurrent Caching at Google – Charles Fry presents MapMaker, an in-memory caching solution on the JVM, discussing its API and implementation evolution along with internal details.
Jodd | Jerry – The Unbearable Lightness of Java – Jerry is a jQuery in Java. Jerry is a fast and concise Java Library that simplifies HTML document parsing, traversing and manipulating. Jerry is designed to change the way that you parse HTML content
Facebook Poised to Lead Biggest U.S. Internet IPO Year Since 1999 Bubble – Bloomberg – With Facebook considering the largest Internet IPO on record and regulatory filings showing that at least 14 other Web-related companies are planning sales, the industry may raise $11 billion next year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That would be the most since $18.5 billion of IPOs in 1999, just before the dot-com bubble burst.
Coming to Terms with the Consumerization of IT – R “Ray” Wang – Harvard Business Review – IT and business leaders need to work together and operate in parallel. If IT slows down the business capability to innovate, the company will suffer as new business models emerge and infrastructure will fail to keep up. If business moves ahead of IT in technology, then the company fails because IT will spend years cleaning up technology messes
Google is using GWT – and you? – People sometimes ask me why Google itself doesn't use GWT, but many people don't realize that many of Google's newer services are written using it. Some Google products that use Google Web Toolkit that you may not know about:
Anyone can build a Messenger client—with open standards access via XMPP – Today we’re taking another step, with the public availability of access to the Messenger network via XMPP, an open standard. This means that anyone can build innovative messaging clients—either stand-alone or built into their devices—that include access to Messenger’s 300 million active users.
Spring Framework 3.1 goes GA – It is my pleasure to announce that Spring Framework 3.1 becomes generally available today! This release delivers several key features that make Spring ready for the challenges of 2012 and beyond:
Google Guava – Synchronization with Monitor – The Google Guava project is a collection of libraries that every Java developer should become familiar with. The Guava libraries cover I/O, collections, string manipulation, and concurrency just to name a few
Martin Fowler on Polyglot Persistence | Architects Zone – What all of this means is that if you're working in the enterprise application world, now is the time to start familiarizing yourself with alternative data storage options. This won't be a fast revolution, but I do believe the next decade will see the database thaw progress rapidly.
InfoQ: The Kotlin Programming Language – Andrey Breslav introduces the upcoming Kotlin language created by JetBrains, a general purpose JVM-based language, statically typed, object-oriented, and meant to be more concise than Java.
Raible Designs | Play 2.0, A web framework for a new era – This was a great talk on what's new in Play 2.0. I especially like the native support for LESS and CoffeeScript and the emphasis on trying to keep developers using two tools: their editor and the browser. The sample apps look great, but the documentation look sparse. I doubt I'll get a chance to migrate my Play 1.2.3 app to 2.0 this month, but I hope to try migrating sometime before the end of the year.
Google Web Toolkit Blog: GWT and Dart – We view Dart as an ambitious evolution of GWT’s mission to make web apps better for end users … we anticipate working closely with the GWT developer community to explore Dart.
Redux: Inspecting HotSpot JVM Options – There is enormous scope for coarse and fine grained control of JVM behaviour. The option -XX:+PrintFlagsFinal allows comprehensive reporting of the options and their values. The available options vary by build and JVM type (server or client). Recording and auditing this output is an important step in any Java benchmarking or continuous monitoring exercise
DB Sanity – database consistency and reporting application – DB Sanity performs checks on a database for verifying data consistency and correctness of application deployments or production data. It is invoked by the command line and creates an HTML report with a summary and listings of faulty database entries.
javasimon – Java Simon – Simple Monitoring API – Java Simon is a simple monitoring API that allows you to follow and better understand your application. Monitors (familiarly called Simons) are placed directly into your code and you can choose whether you want to count something or measure time/duration.
Obituary: printf("goodbye, Dennis"); | The Economist – All of his technological miracles, along with a billion others sold by Apple's competitors, would be merely pretty receptacles were it not for Dennis Ritchie. It is to him that they owe their digital souls, the operating systems and programs which make them tick.
Android and IDEA for the Eclipse Refugee » Canoo RIA Blog – Now that IntelliJ IDEA 11 EAP (Early Access) has a visual layout window, there is almost no reason for me to write my Android apps in anything else. I wrote this post to help other users along their way when converting between the IDEs.
InfoQ: Simple Made Easy – Rich Hickey emphasizes simplicity’s virtues over easiness’, showing that while many choose easiness they may end up with complexity, and the better way is to choose easiness along the simplicity path.
InfoQ: The Joy of Testing – John Hughes shows how to explore the possible bugs of a code by creating a series of tests in Erlang and using multiple test frameworks, discovering the faults through successive tests and evaluating the frameworks while doing it.
Collaboration, IT-style: How to do it right – If companies set up the right ingredients — bringing talented people together and challenging them in an environment in which "spontaneous innovation can happen" — then IT employees will excel
Oracle spins own Linux for mega hardware • The Register – Oracle's cloud-in-a-box runs a version of Oracle's WebLogic Server – bought with BEA Systems and engineered to work with all the multiple servers, cores, storage and gallons of networking – in conjunction with the former BEA's JRockit virtual machine.