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).

Daily del.icio.us for February 8th through February 14th

  • Compare JavaScript frameworks – In this article, you will discover how JavaScript frameworks make it easier and faster to create highly interactive and responsive Web sites and Web applications
  • Technobabble » Spring MVC 3.0 and JSR 303 (aka javax.validation.*) – The new annotated validation spec (jsr 303) is pretty slick, especially when used along side Spring MVC 3.0, and when backed by ejb3 entities. I’m pretty impressed with how easily it integrates with Spring MVC’s framework, and with how seamlessly error messages are passed to the form taglibs so they show up in your web forms.
  • Google Code Blog: Announcing Google Chart Tools – Whether you need a simple line chart, an interactive Geo Map or a complex Motion Chart , Google can help you add live charts to your web page using our Chart and Visualization APIs. Both of these APIs are free and simple to use, however they each have distinct advantages
  • Ajax Simplifications in Spring 3.0 | SpringSource Team Blog – Spring 3 provides first-class Ajax support with JSON as part of the Spring MVC module. This includes support for generating JSON responses and binding JSON requests using the Spring MVC @Controller programming model in conjunction with the Jackson JSON processor.
  • Tomcat in the Cloud – Cloudcat | MuleSoft – MuleSoft has announced Cloudcat, a pre-configured Apache Tomcat image with MySQL on Linux, available from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and GoGrid.
  • Startup links VMware with Amazon to create secure cloud storage | Cloud Computing – InfoWorld – A storage startup called Nasuni is unveiling a virtual NAS file server that runs on VMware and connects customers to cloud platforms such as Amazon's Simple Storage Service, adding encryption to enhance security and several features to improve performance
  • Amazon Web Services Blog: New Feature: Amazon S3 now supports Object Versioning – We've added beta support for Versioning across all Amazon S3 Regions. Versioning provides an additional layer of protection for your S3 objects. You can easily recover from unintended user errors or application failures. You can also use Versioning for data retention and archiving
  • InfoQ: Getting Started with Grails, Second Edition – "Getting Started with Grails" brings you up to speed on this modern web framework. Companies as varied as LinkedIn, Wired, Tropicana, and Taco Bell are all using Grails. Are you ready to get started as well?
  • edspencer’s Ext.ux.Exporter at master – GitHub – Exporter is a generic export class which takes any Ext.data.Store-based component (e.g. grids and similar) and exports the data in any format.

    Exporter works completely client-side. It uses a Formatter class to generate a document (.xls, .csv etc) and then redirects the user’s browser to a data url so that they can view or download it.

  • ExtJS: How to Export DataGrid to Excel | Loiane Groner – This tutorial will walk through how to export data from ExtJS DataGrid directly to Excel.

Daily del.icio.us for February 2nd through February 3rd

  • Adobe Labs – BlazeDS – The BlazeDS Release Candidate was released on February 1, 2008. BlazeDS is the server-based Java remoting and web messaging technology that enables developers to easily connect to back-end distributed data and push data in real-time to Flex and AIR app
  • Marcel Overdijk’s Blog: Code by convention with Flex and Spring – What this means is that Flex clients can communicate with Java objects deployed on the server. BlazeDS contains a Java Adapter which forms the infrastructure to make this possible. With Jeff Vroom’s Spring Integration you can even use Spring beans to comm
  • Concern mounts over rising troop suicides – CNN.com – Every day, five U.S. soldiers try to kill themselves. Before the Iraq war began, that figure was less than one suicide attempt a day.
  • My videos from Davos « Scobleizer — Tech geek blogger – I made quite a few videos on Qik last week while at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Here’s my favorites, not necessarily in order of importance. I marked the must watch videos.
  • Official Google Blog: Yahoo! and the future of the Internet – Could a combination of (MSFT & YHOO) take advantage of a PC software monopoly to unfairly limit the ability of consumers to freely access competitors’ email, IM, and web-based services? Policymakers around the world need to ask these questions
  • Summation: The Power of Great People (why “good enough” won’t cut it) – In markets characterized by winner takes-all – increasingly true in a globalized world – you need the very best; “good enough” will no longer cut it when against intense competition. These are the people that build great and lasting companies.
  • Design Patterns and Refactoring – sourcemaking.com – Design Patterns and Refactoring
  • Pure Css Data Chart | Css Globe – Data visualization is mostly achieved with flash applications or with help of some programming languages. Are those solutions the only way to present, let’s say simple data chart? How about giving it a try with nothing but good ol’ css?
  • The war on Grails is really a war on Spring | Groovy Zone – Ruby is perhaps a more flexible language than Groovy (and that’s an arguable point, folks, and one which I really don’t care to get into), but Ruby also runs on a less-flexible and less-scalable and less-supported platform than Groovy. I dunno that this m
  • kemelyon » FlexReport – FlexReport is a client-side report generation component. It allows you to easily generate, preview and print reports based in mxml/as3 templates.
  • generatedata.com – Ever needed custom formatted sample / test data, like, bad? Well, that’s the idea of the Data Generator. It’s a free, open source script written in JavaScript, PHP and MySQL that lets you quickly generate large volumes of custom data in a variety of forma