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on Aug 16, 2013
How did you first get into developing / coding? My first encounter with a computer was in 1987 during a physics class. This particular one (a Commodore C64) went immediately to my Xmas wish list. When I teared away the gift wrapping, I found the datasette broken. A datasette was a tape drive using audio cassettes for storage
on Jun 24, 2013
Sebastiano Armeli-Battana is the author of the successful 'MVC Applies to JavaScript' eBook. We thought we'd get to know a little more about the author! 1. For someone that
on Jun 14, 2013
The Fundamentals of a JavaScript Test Suite by John Resig and Bear Bibeault, authors of Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja As important as a solid testing strategy is for all code, it can be crucial for situations where external factors have the potential to affect the operation of your code, which is exactly the case you're faced with in cross-browser JavaScript development. In this article...
on Feb 7, 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


In Java development, the typical data computation problems are characterized with: Long computation procedure requiring a great deal of debugging Data may from database, or Excel/Txt Data may from multiple databases, instead of just one. Some computation goals are complex, such as relative position computation, and set-related computation Just suppose a sales department needs to make statistics...
on Aug 13, 2013
In Java development, we may encounter the complex set operations. Java alone is not powerful enough to save programmers
on Jul 16, 2013
Acteur is a pattern for pipelining work - a little DI functional goodness for Java. I might have been speaking Swahili when I wrote about Acteur last month. So here's a simple explanation of the design pattern behind it, with a simple sample project.
on Jun 5, 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


In report development, we may need to present the data from multiple databases in one report, such as data from MSSQL database for CRM and Oracle database for ERP. If the reporting tool like iReport only supports single data source, then we need to consolidate the multiple data sources into a single data source. The Crystal, BIRT, and other so-called reporting tools for multiple data source can...
on Aug 6, 2013


The data computation layer in between the data persistent layer and the application layer is responsible for computing the data from data persistence layer, and returning the result to the application layer. The data computation layer of Java aims to reduce the coupling between these two layers and shift the computational workload from them. The typical computation layer is characterized with...
on Jul 31, 2013
Recently, I read Why Big Data Projects Fail by Stephen Brobst. I can
on Jul 24, 2013


In this blog entry I outline the steps necessary to deploy JAX-RS (JSR 311) RESTful web services to the Oracle Cloud. We'll be using Jersey, which is the reference implementation for JAX-RS, and JDeveloper, which is my primary Java IDE. Step 1. Create a Jersey Library in JDeveloper Download the latest version of jersey-bundle.jar, which at the time of this writing is version 1.17.1. Start...
on Apr 30, 2013


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
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


A quick, hopefully readable analysis of this week's security exploit and fix over at my new blog
on Jan 15, 2013


A few thoughts on how logging ought to be over at my new blog.
on Dec 5, 2012


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


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, 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