Links for February 21st through February 26th

Daily del.icio.us for October 25th through October 29th

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

  • VMware Go a Free Server Virtualization Option | Architects Zone – VMware just released VMware Go, a free service for managing the VMware ESXi embedded hypervisors (including ESX Server 3i, ESXi 3.5, and ESXi 4.0), which are also free.
  • Google upgrades to EXT4 FileSystem – Google’s decision to deploy Ext4 is a strong endorsement of the filesystem’s reliability and affirms its suitability for enterprise adoption, this could cause a revolution and accelerated adoption throughout the industry
  • Struts 2 Tutorial: Struts 2 Validation Framework Tutorial with Example | Javalobby – In this article we will learn how to leverage Struts2 Validation Framework in an application. For this we will use StrutsHelloWorld application which we created in previous article as base and starts adding validation logic to it.
  • Java 6 Update 18: Now With Windows 7 Support | Javalobby – Java 6 Update 18 is now available for download. One of the main features of this release is the inclusion of support for Windows 7. Along with an impressive list of bug fixes, the update includes performance improvements, an update to JavaDB and the inclusion of the latest version of the Java profiling tool, VisualV
  • InfoQ: Google Collections 1.0 Offers Enhanced Implementations of the Java Collections Framework – The Google Collections Library also offers new utility implementations and a focused set of libraries concerned with concurrency, including immutable collection implementations
  • OSCache – OSCache – CacheFilter – OSCache comes with a servlet filter that enables you to transparently cache entire pages of your website, and even binary files. Caching of binary files is extremely useful when they are generated dynamically, e.g. PDF files or images.
  • Eyal Lupu Java Blog >> Embedding and Initializing Databases in Spring 3.0 – I noticed a small, but useful, new feature in Spring 3.0: support for embedding and initializing databases using the application context. Using this support one can configure embedded database engine as part of the application context and use it just as another bean
  • InfoQ: Overview of the Spring 3.0 Web Stack – In this presentation from SpringOne 2009, Keith Donald discusses the Spring 3.0 web stack, key Spring Framework and Spring MVC features, demos of Spring MVC capabilities, REST support, validation support, automatic data conversion, data binding and validation, Joda Time support, Spring JavaScript, Dojo, Spring Web Flow, Spring Security, Spring BlazeDS, and the roadmap for the Spring web stack.
  • Grails – 1.2 Release Notes – Grails 1.2 has been released with new features like Dependency Resolution DSL, Named Query Support, Improved Performance & Memory Consumption, Named URL Mappings, Refactored Testing Infrastructure, Pluggable Web Containers
  • Why Did Google Build a Phone and a Browser? Design By Gravity – Google isn’t so much interested in selling the best phone, or providing the best browser. Google is intent in raising the average in areas it thinks are key to its future.

Daily del.icio.us for October 13th through October 17th

  • Seth’s Blog: "Notice me" – Attention is fine, as long as you have a goal that is reached in exchange for all this effort. Far better than being noticed………..
  • thread-weaver – Project Hosting on Google Code – Thread Weaver is a framework for writing multi-threaded unit tests in Java. It provides mechanisms for creating breakpoints within your code, and for halting execution of a thread when a breakpoint is reached. Other threads can then run while the first thread is blocked. This allows you to write repeatable tests for that can check for race conditions and thread safety
  • Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript – It's true: You can write iPhone apps quickly and efficiently using your existing skills with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This book shows you how with lots of detailed examples, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on exercises.
  • Cloud computing: Clash of the clouds | The Economist – The launch of Windows 7 marks the end of an era in computing—and the beginning of an epic battle between Microsoft, Google, Apple and others
  • Home – IntelliJ Open-Source Project – Confluence – This is the home for the open-source project
    IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition − the leading Java and Groovy IDE
    built on the IntelliJ Platform.
  • UNetbootin – Homepage and Downloads – UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions from Windows or Linux, without requiring you to burn a CD. You can either let it download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Linux .iso file if you've already downloaded one or your preferred distribution isn't on the list.
  • Hibernate Validator 4 unleashed – Hibernate Validator let's you declare constraints on your domain model using annotations like @NotNull or @Size and returns the list of constraint failures found in an object graph. Instead of duplicating constraint declarations in various application layers, constraints are centralized on your domain model and shared by all layers and frameworks: declared once, validate anywhere if you will.
  • Second Level Caching for Hibernate with Terracotta « My Adventures in Coding – Overall we have found Terracotta to be a useful tool. It requires very little effort to update an existing project using Spring/Hibernate to use it. Terracotta offers more than just Second Level Caching, but also handles queuing of writes and ensuring data is written to the SOR (System or Record) in the event the database is not available for a brief period.
  • Who Has the Most Web Servers? « Data Center Knowledge – Rackspace reports that as of March 30 the company’s data centers house 50,038 servers, up from 47,518 at the end of 2008. Of the companies that publicly report their server counts, only European hosts 1&1 Internet and OVH have more than Rackspace.
  • soa-manifesto.org – A formal declaration of the principles, intentions and ambitions of service-orientation and the service-oriented architectural mode

Daily del.icio.us for January 13th through January 15th

  • Relevance Blog : Why I still prefer Prototype to jQuery – jQuery is a very nice piece of work, and makes some common tasks easier than their Prototype equivalents. Where it’s good, it’s very good indeed. But its design is uneven, and its scope is limited. For me, at least, Prototype is still the tool of choice. I think it’s a richer, more thorough, and overall better designed library.
  • Microsoft Hardware Windows 7 Support – If your computer is running a beta version of the Windows® 7 operating system, the following information can help you select the correct beta software to download for your Microsoft Hardware product.
  • YUI 2 and YUI 3 Source Code Now on GitHub » Yahoo! User Interface Blog – Source for the YUI 2.x codeline and the YUI 3.x codeline have joined YUI Doc on GitHub. YUI has been accepting external contributions since last summer, but the move to GitHub represents a huge step forward in the process. You can now work with the latest source in both of our major codelines
  • Funny: Microsoft Attempts To Kill Music Forever With Songsmith Commercial – My ears are shooting streams of blood As I watch this demo play But thanks to Songsmith#039;s magic touch I#039;ll write like Bruce Springsteen
  • mockito – simpler better mocking – Mockito is a mocking framework that tastes really well. It lets you write beautiful tests with clean amp; simple API. Mockito doesn#039;t give you hangover because the tests are very readable and they produce clean verification errors.
  • Drunk on Software » Blog Archive » Episode 7: Enterprise Flex Applications and Anvil – In this Episode, we chat with Anvil project founder Ryan Knight. Anvil is an Open Source project that was built to help make Enterprise Flex development easier. In addition, it provides a portal environment for running Flex applications
  • Ajaxian » Happy Birthday jQuery! v1.3 is Released – Today, the jQuery project turns 3 years old which, considering the churn rate for open source projects, is a monumental achievement. So it makes sense that on the project’s 3rd birthday, the team has announced the release of jQuery v1.3, the latest and greatest release of jQuery which includes the new Sizzle selector engine.
  • Drink coffee, see dead people | Breaking News | News.com.au – HEAVY coffee drinkers are more likely to have hallucinations or feel quot;the presence of dead peoplequot;, according to new research.
  • QuickFIX/J – Free, Open Source Java FIX engine – QuickFIX/J is a full featured messaging engine for the FIX protocol. It is a 100% Java open source implementation of the popular C++ QuickFIX engine
  • Open source trading platform could be a win for Wall Street – As the declining global economy pressures financial institutions to cut costs across the board, open source software could provide a promising path for reducing IT overhead. The Marketcetera Trading Platform, which the developers believe is the first of its kind, aims to offer a cost-effective alternative to building a custom software platform in-house.
  • YUI Compressor Online – Rodolphe Stoclin has created a simple Web wrapper on top of the YUI Compressor that let#039;s you throw up your JavaScript and get back a compressed version. It uses jQuery to do the inline results and show you the compression rate.
  • Ajaxian » jsCron: Schedule code to run via simple JavaScript – Andrés Nieto has created a fun little JavaScript utility jsCron that lets you schedule JavaScript functions to run at certain times.

Daily del.icio.us for January 11th through January 13th

Windows Vista SP2 Beta – Initial impressions

So I just installed SP2 of Windows Vista which is out in beta on my computer yesterday – so it’s been about 24 hours and my computer is stable and all of the applications I’ve used so far have worked just fine. The only bizarre issue that I’ve noticed so far is the uninstall of .NET framework 3.5 SP1. I can’t really explain it and I’m not even sure if this was the SP2 beta install but Paint.NET stopped working with an error message that it needed .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. Paint.NET was working before the SP2 beta install and so I just reinstalled .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and everything worked. Not sure what happened there and as I said, could be completely unrelated but that’s the only strange thing that’s happened so far.

There is a list of new features and fixes at Microsoft and Mary-Jo’s blog. So far, the beta feels fairly solid and I hope this is a watershed release like Windows XP SP2 was for XP but I guess time will tell or Windows7 will be out and we won’t care about Vista. (Or we’ll be running Ubuntu or OS X and we won’t care about Windows 🙂 – Hope spring eternal!)

Here are some screen shots of Windows update on my machine doing the update for SP2.

If you want to try the beta yourself, Microsoft has a page on how to enable the download via Windows Update.

Daily del.icio.us for October 28th

  • Google is oddly silent about Grand Central | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com – Google is being very quiet about Grand Central, the virtual phone service it acquired in July 2007 but hasn’t really done anything with since. In my opinion, Grand Central is already a good service. There are a few features I’d like to see added but, for the most part, it’s working for me – so much so that, in a blog post a couple of weeks ago, I called it my favorite telecommuting tool.
  • How LinkedIn changed its security model in order to offer an API – This talk also covered how LinkedIn retrofitted the security model chosen for the API into the mainstream website, which helped tremendously in the scalability of the website by allowing stateless front-end / single sign-on (SSO), and improved security by removing sessions entirely.
  • Building LinkedIn’s Next Generation Architecture with OSGi – Over the course of the last 5 years, LinkedIn has been built using relatively simple technologies: front end web applications (Tomcat/Servlet/JSP), back-end services (Jetty/Spring Remoting), databases, replication, and JMS. Although the web site was scaling adequately, we had some big challenges to overcome: In this session, I talked about why OSGi was chosen to help us solve those challenges, the implementation progress we've made, the pitfalls that we've encountered (so far) and what we have learned in the process.
  • Atlassian Developer Blog – Performance testing with JMeter – This is the first in a series of blog posts aimed at documenting whats involved in setting up a performance test harness from scratch. In my next post, I will show how to deploy these performance tests using Maven 2 and how to automate the process using Bamboo
  • Almost Human: a review of Google’s Android G1 phone: Page 1 – The T-Mobile G1 Google smartphone, designed by Google and made by HTC, remains firmly in the shadow of the iPhone—for now. The phone, which goes on sale next week in the US and next month in Britain, was released too early. The HTC hardware and Android OS that powers it lack the polish and depth of even the iPhone 1.0 in most respects.
  • Charlie Owen – Windows Media Center in the PDC Build of Windows 7 – If you are attending the 2008 Professional Developers Conference you received a pre-beta Windows 7 build today (6801) which contains many features the Windows Media Center team has been developing over the past year
  • I would just like to say… – This post is for all of you out there who have developed or contributed to Linux/Ubuntu projects and all of the open source coders who read this
  • Windows 7: Windows 7 Walkthrough, Boot Video and Impressions – On Sunday, they took journalists through a lively 7-hour orientation on Win 7, then handed off a Dell XPS M1330 loaded with pre-beta Build 6801. Thankfully for the overworked, underappreciated developers at Redmond, it's surprisingly stable, and its look and feel already puts Vista to shame.
  • Microsoft Watch – Web Services & Browser – Office Goes to the Web – Microsoft made a stunning announcement during today's Professional Developers Conference: A lightweight Web-based version of Office. Office Web is a stunning concession to Google and other Web 2.0 platform developers offering Web-based productivity applications. Office Web will come with lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
  • Microsoft Joins Working Group for Open Standards Messaging Software: Decision to join AMQP Working Group based on commitment to openness, interoperability and providing customer choice. – Microsoft Corp. today announced that it is joining the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) Working Group, an organization focused on the development of the AMQP specification. Microsoft is joining the AMQP Working Group at the request of its members, including several of Microsoft’s customers in the financial services industry, in order to support the development of an open industry standard for ubiquitous messaging.

Daily del.icio.us for Oct 16, 2007 through Oct 20, 2007