A little something extra…
A reporter asked me about complexity in Java recently. Here’s what I replied:
Java’s legacy of complexity is certainly an issue. Starting with JBoss, then Spring, and now the componentization efforts (OSGi and the Java modularity effort) the Java world has been trying to fight “bloat” for a long time.
Still, people I talk with still rely on Java for much of the “heavy lifting” out there. True, other languages are used plenty, and the lack of quick-n-easy and slick UIs in Java has finally come back to bite it in the ass in recent years.
Towards the end of Sun’s life, there was much of talk of focusing on using the Java VM to run dynamic languages – the Tim Bray Ruby All-stars were all over this, and Ted Leung who’s still there (I believe [Update: actually, he's gone too]). The Spring people have a lot of optimism around Groovy. Along with finally nailing down slimmer profiles and a “stackless
stack” approach to Java applications, it’d certainly help to continue that dynamic language push.
Focusing on “the kids” (or “people with piercings” to use Jeet Kaul’s moniker) is always strategic for a technology company. If you get the new coders using your technology, they’ll try to use it “on the job.”
Thus continues my love-hate relationship with my old favorite tool, Java.
- Deployment management design patterns for DevOps
- Anti-pattern: The release vehicle. – Delivering software
This is pretty fantastic.
- What is DevOps? – Blog – dev2ops – Solving Large Scale Web Operations and DevOps Problems
- The Rise of DevOps
Lists 10 characteristics, not all technical.
- DevOps mixing dev, ops, agile, cloud, open source and business
Jay Lyman of 451 on devops.
- Oracle's Tuxedo gets a more modern cut with SCA, Ruby and Python
- When can I use…
Figure out in which browsers you can use which HTML and CSS features.
- Open Source Network Monitoring and Systems Management – Zenoss Blog: No Node Left Behind: Zenoss Drops Linux Installs, Moves to iPad
ZENOSS DROPS LINUX INSTALLS, MOVES TO IPAD: Linux no longer. (via @mattray)
- Intranet Secrets
Also from @assaf, Intranet secrets:
- Arrivals | Development Status | Cultured Code
This is an awesome dashboard: allowing users to track when features will be released, their status. Very Agile actually.
- Smart Bears Become Reasonable Moose
Redmonk Industry Analyst Michael Cote noted, "The immediate benefit is the cross-marketing opportunity with Moosehead Breweries, maker of Moosehead Lager. But the name change does come with some risk – the company has considerable equity in the Smart Bear brand. Our research has shown, however, that when searching for development tools, software developers overwhelmingly prefer moose over bears, so this change should really pay off in the long run."
- Travel Bags « Matt on Not-WordPress
The new travel bags used by Photo "Mr. WordPress" Matt Mullenweg
- Taking The Tablet: 15 Ways Publishers Are Re-Imagining The Magazine | paidContent
- Accenture Talks Cloud and Windows Azure
"Much of Accenture’s cloud work appears to be in preparing clients for adoption. The company, for example, offers a cloud computing accelerator service that aims to help customers identify business applications that can be migrated to the cloud and, generally, suss out the risks and opportunities of cloud computing." They say they're doing "gang-busters" with it.
- Six Lessons We've Learned About Mobile Apps (Free And Paid)
"Making transactions simple goes a long way toward increasing the sales of paid applications. Companies that already have your credit-card information or carriers that can do direct billing clearly have an advantage…. Apps must feature useful, engaging content, and be easily available and easy to use. Lousy apps that are “free” are still lousy and won’t generate audience or revenue."
- Kleiner’s iFund Manager On Cracking The iPad’s Immersive Code
"He notes that while free apps on the Facebook platform convert users to paying customers at a 3% to 5% conversion rate, the iPhone is seeing that conversation in the 12% to 15% range. That’s a massive difference. And Murphy attributes it to the way payment ideas are presented in apps in combination with Apple’s easy payment structure that happens behind the scenes (the App Store tied to your credit card). When you see a new cheap feature in an app, “for $0.99 i’ll try that out,” Murphy notes. Those purchases are an afterthought."
- Lawson puts its ERP on Amazon's cloud – BusinessWeek
- WolframAlpha Admits That We’re Better At Math
- Carla Thompson | Blog
RT @gigastacey: Congrats to @carlat who just started her own business!!!! Check out @sharpskirts and her blog post
- Into The Abyss: Teal and Orange – Hollywood, Please Stop the Madness
RT @IdleThumbs: Finally, a clear explanation for "that overly-slick modern Hollywood movie look" The more you know!
- NetSuite Ecommerce Contractor Position
RT @GroundWork: If you know any Netsuite Gurus, I want to hire them:
- Funky Chicken Coop Tour – Austin, Texas – April 3, 2010
- Natural user interfaces – notes from the field | Forrester Blogs
Get ready for multi-touch!
- (403) http://www.redmonk.com/cote/2010/03/31/links-for-march-30th-through-march-31st-2/
@roguepuppet sort both, mostly leaving. Here's some initial thoughts:
- Austin Technology Day – BMC Software
- Google Fires at Apple, Integrates Flash Into Chrome Browser
“Strategically, it is not in Google’s interest to supplant an existing platform with a new one,” says Coté. “The way Google makes its revenues is with the web completely open. If Apple starts controlling access to content then it would make it very difficult for Google to find ways to insert itself into the system."
- Where 2.0 Conference 2010 – O'Reilly Conferences, March 30 – April 01, 2010, San Jose, CA
Wow, the O'Reilly Where 2.0, geo-location love-fest conference sold out:
- Delibar, Delicious Mac client
This looks nice, esp. with bit.ly integration. I use Pukka, but Pukka don't refresh too often. Need new features!
Disclosure: see the RedMonk client list for clients mentioned.