One of the first things we did as we began to learn about Java was to create our own library of Java books.
Every member of the development team was given the chance (and funding) to build their own collection of books.
In time, these book collections became a sort of "comfort blanket" for the developers.
In addition to being a valuable source of reference material,
these collections act as a...
on Mar 29, 2013
Atlassian has made some seriously great products, for example the project tracker JIRA. We recently upgraded our rather archaic version of JIRA at Magnolia to the latest and greatest offering. Everyone in the team found something in this upgrade. Some of us were desperate to use GreenHopper, others were looking forward to a better LDAP integration, and my personal favourite was the new REST API...
on Feb 20, 2013
I was pleased at JavaOne 2012 to have an opportunity to converse with JFrog founder Yoav Landman (@yoavlandman). JFrog, in case you're unfamiliar with the company name, is the inventor of Artifactory, the Java repository management solution that won a 2011 Duke's Choice Award. They also regularly produce cool swag tshirts (see below).
Yoav was very busy at JavaOne 2012, but with advance...
on Nov 27, 2012
on Feb 7, 2013
Tuesday at Jfokus 2013 started in a large auditorium filled with more than 1500 Jfokus attendees, who heard Jfokus founder Mattias Karlsson launch the conference in an introduction that included an appearance by Stephen Chin, who had spent the previous night sailing the icy Baltic Ocean on the Vaadin Cruise from Finland. The conversation also introduced a new Java Champion, JRuby's Charles...
on Feb 5, 2013
A quick, hopefully readable analysis of this week's security exploit and fix over at my new blog
on Jan 15, 2013
What is SPARQL?
by David Wood, Marsha Zaidman, Luke Ruth, and Michael Hausenblas, authors of Linked Data
SPARQL is the query language for RDF and Linked Data. SPARQL is to RDF data as the Structured Query Language (SQL) is to a relational database. SPARQL's name is nicely pronounceable and sounds interesting and fresh. SPARQL is interesting and fresh. This article, based on chapter 5 from...
on Dec 20, 2012
Six Ways You're Using Responsive Design Wrong
by Matthew Carver, author of The Responsive Web
Staying on the cutting edge of of web design can be tough, and oftentimes you only learn from making mistakes. Making mistakes is sometimes the best way to know that you are breaking new ground. In this article, Matthew Carver, the author of The Responsive Web, gives a few tips that his experience in...
on Dec 19, 2012
Defining Functional Data Structures
by Paul Chiusano and Rúnar Bjarnason, authors of Functional Programming in Scala
Functional programs do not update variables or modify data structures. This raises pressing questions—what sort of data structures we use in functional programming, how do we define them can in Scala, and how do we operate over these data structures? This article,...
on Nov 26, 2012
The Foundations of Mobile First Design
by Matthew Carver, author of The Responsive Web
In this article from The Responsive Web, author Matthew Carver opens up a discussion of how to build a site for a mobile or small-screen device using a graphic design program, such as Photoshop.
Building a site in its smallest iteration first affords the designer a lot of opportunities. By starting in a...
on Nov 14, 2012
So I haven't posted a blog here since 2009 - and haven't work for Sun or Oracle since early 2010. It's been a wild few years working on a number of things as diverse as giant clouds to control software for cameras which go down oil wells. And I have a new blog at timboudreau.com, naturally using a blog engine I wrote myself (I gave myself a project to learn node.js). Currently I'm architecting...
on Nov 10, 2012
Natural User Interaction with Drag-and-Drop
by Rob Crowther, author of Hello! HTML5 and CSS3
on Oct 29, 2012
From 0 to First Hit with Grails Support
by Glen Smith and Peter Ledbrook, authors of Grails in Action, Second Edition
Grails is a next-generation Java web development framework that generates great developer productivity gains through the confluence of a dynamic language, a Convention over Configuration philosophy, powerfully pragmatic supporting tools, and an agile perspective drawn from the...
on Oct 25, 2012
More than a few days ago a friend pinged me complaining that recent Eclipse release was quite sluggish. Since she had taken my performance tuning seminar she knew exactly how to get and read a GC log but as we all do, she was looking for a second opinion. After looking at the log for a minute it because quite apparent that the default configuration left the IDE starved for memory. After a bit...
on Oct 21, 2012
Do You Want to Get This Message?
by Mark Fisher, Jonas Partner, Marius Bogoevici, and Iwein Fuld, authors of Spring Integration in Action
Spring Integration allows you to selectively process messages and define alternative routes within the system. In this article, based on chapter 6 of Spring Integration in Action, you'll see how you can limit the scope of what your components will handle by...
on Oct 19, 2012
A few thoughts on how logging ought to be over at my new blog.
on Dec 5, 2012
Java User Groups
Bugs are inevitable. Even after you thought you have finished coding your work, another bug creeps in, making you want to wish the bugs were real tangible objects that you could squish with your bare hands. Being a developer, you should be armed with the right weapons to battle bugs for they come almost all the time. In fact, they are building yet another Death Star. If you don't get vigilant,...
on Oct 24, 2012
Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) is a method wherein business stakeholders, analysts, testers and developers collectively specify and agree on what needs to be completed in the project. Requirement specifications are set and verified even before actual development starts. This ensures that only those value-adding features are delivered to the business.
Instead of validating after the...
on Oct 21, 2012
During the recent JavaOne conference, I was able to share how developers can put their Java codes up a notch by using functional programming and clean coding practices. Functional Programming puts the spotlight on what we want to get out of our codes rather than how we are going to execute them. With this in mind, codes are relatively easier to understand and are less error prone, due to the fact...
on Oct 20, 2012
Earlier this October, I was given the privilege of speaking at JavaOne regarding the fusion of contemporary Continuous Delivery processes and practices with the established and widely-accepted Maven release process. I spoke in detail about the similarities as well as the main differences, and how these techniques and methodologies can be combined to deliver iterations and releases that highlight...
on Oct 18, 2012