Sunday, September 26, 2010

Best of this Week Summary 14 September - 26 September 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Best of this Week Summary 13 September - 19 September 2010

  • Interesting (sort of inside) view on how Google controls what's shipped with Android on mobile phones, how smart their usage of open source is, and why Android probably got such a big momentum quickly.
    The controls are: private branches, closed review process, speed of evolution of the platform versions, incomplete public source code, gated development community, anti-fragmentation agreement, private roadmap and Android trademark.

  • Good list of lessons learned when building social sites.

  • Atomiq could be handy tool to check for duplicate code in Java, C#, VB.Net, ASPX, Ruby, Python, C, C++, ActionScript and XAML. A related similar tool is the Copy Paste Detector in PMD.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Best of this Week Summary 06 September - 12 September 2010

  • Small tuturial for sending emails with Spring Framework, which provides some abstraction from the underlying mailing system.

  • Nice: "HTML5 Boilerplate is the professional badass's base HTML/CSS/JS template for a fast, robust and future-proof site.
    After more than two years in iterative development, you get the best of the best practices baked in: cross-browser normalization, performance optimizations, even optional features like cross-domain ajax and flash. A starter apache .htaccess config file hooks you the eff up with caching rules and preps your site to serve HTML5 video, use @font-face, and get your gzip zipple on.
    Boilerplate is not a framework, nor does it prescribe any philosophy of development, it's just got some tricks to get your project off the ground quickly and right-footed."

  • Different existing logging strategies described and a new one: grammar based event logging.

  • Be cautious to not over-engineer your software solutions...

  • Are Spock, Geb and WebDriver the future of functional web testing?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Best of this Week Summary 30 August - 05 September 2010

  • A "series of (currently 5) articles introduces Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java EE (CDI), a key part of the Java EE 6 platform. Standardized via JSR 299, CDI is the de-facto API for comprehensive next-generation type-safe dependency injection as well as robust context management for Java EE. Led by Gavin King, JSR 299 aims to synthesize the best-of-breed features from solutions like Seam, Guice and Spring while adding many useful innovations of its own".

  • An extensive tutorial on creating a Spring MVC based mobile web application using MyEclipse. The IDE has already an iPhone skinned version built in, this tutorial shows how to add other mobile handsets like Android and Palm Pre. Basically: providing another style :)

  • How to use Apache ActiveMQ in combination with Spring.

  • Why ACID is hard to scale. and an argument that NoSQL/NoACID is the lazy way around these difficulties. Here's a post considering the performance argument for switching to a NoSQL database.

  • Great interesting series on the progress of converting the native code BBC News iPhone/iPad app to a web app using HTML5.