Archive for December, 2006

Programma per GTD

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Seguendo il mio podcast preferito ho beccato un riferimento a un programmino per organizzarsi che si chiama ThinkingRock e che segue la filosofia del Getting Things Done (GTD). Visto che abbiamo già avuto una nota sul argomento vi passo il link.

Java6 is out

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Java6 is out this week. The java language itself remains the same as Java5 but many other API’s have been added so altogether is a very nice upgrade. Notable improvements is support for Web Services, scripting, JDBC 4.0, desktop integration stuff and the new layout manager GroupLayout, monitoring and management things like dynamic attach, improvements to Swing, security, performance etc. More info here.
I think this will be a smooth passage for people that already passed to Java5 and it might just offer some sweet incentive to all die-hards that still haven’t done the leap.

Lifehacking

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

Di solito m interesso di programmazione e/o software, questa volta invece mi ha incuriosito un post di LastKnight su molto come applicare l’Hacking alla vita di tutti i giorni; Come qualsiasi forma di hacking anche questa è indirizzata verso un miglioramento: “miglioramento della propria vita“. Come? con semplici trucchi e “scorciatoie”. Come si puo leggere nel post sopracitato il nome LifeHacking deriva da Gina Trapani, giornalista del celeberrimo blog LifeHacking.com che in poco meno di un anno anno di attività ha ottenuto qualche milione di visitatori assidui.

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Leading Java clustering solution goes open source

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

Following the trend (or madness) that currently rocks the Java world a leading java clustering solution has been open sourced. Teracotta becomes OpenTeracotta and it seems they have decided against having more then one edition (professional/community) so basically if you need any of these features you might be in luck:

  • Heap-Level Replication
  • Cross-JVM Coordination
  • Large Virtual Heaps
  • Fine-Grained Changes
  • Runtime Management and Control
  • No Serialization

This brings some high-end enterprise features in reach to anyone and I hope this strategy will bring more clients to the Teracota team. In the end, if an open source solution brings quality to your enterprise, you should give something back. Download here. Tutorials here.

Firebug 1.0 beta

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

Firebug, l’estensione di Firefox, sta finalmente giungendo alla 1.0. L’altro giorno era alla 0.4 (ossia 4 features implementate) e ora siamo gia alla 1.0 beta ( 10 features implementate. ). Tra le ultime troviamo:

  1. Ispezione e modifica in tempo reale del DOM XHTML.
  2. Ispezione e modifica in tempo reale del CSS.
  3. Visualizzazione delle metriche in pixel del box-model CSS.
  4. Console JavaScript con stack trace.
  5. Shell JavaScript.
  6. Ispezione, debugger in tempo reale di JavaScript (incluse chiamate XMLHttpRequest). Ispezione delle variabili in tempo reale. Visualizzatore di oggetti a runtime.
  7. Profiler per verificare quali componenti rallentano la pagina.

Non credo proverò la beta, aspettero (per un po) la versione 1.0 definitiva (che non dovrebbe tardare molto data la stabilità della beta). Insieme a Firebug 1.0 beta è stata rilasciata anche un’altra beta quella di Firebug Lite che permette di inserire una console firebug all’interno di un sito attraverso una library javascript, veramente notevole. Ah, Firebug ha ora una tripla licenza MPL/GPL/LGPL.

Say Da-da!

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

Baby's First Language

Flash art

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

This is a gallery with some very nice and though of flash animations. Sweet!

Funky keyboard – wicked!

Friday, December 1st, 2006
snapshot of the keys

Some overly creative people have decided to create the ultimate keyboard and if it didn’t cost 1200$ I’d actually want one. Check it out, the Optimus keyboard (concept). If I can give them advice, I’d like it to be able to pick up the characters from the keyboard used, even if not official ones, as now we can modify our layouts using MKLC (and I intend to use it). I think it would be feasible to write a driver that can hook up to the system and read the current keyboard layout and the characters to map. If you could also choose the font to display it would be even sweeter. 🙂
No need to make the keyboard too smart, just put some userspace component that can hook up to the OS internals, read layout, rasterize bitmaps for the LED’s and shut down itself if not necessary (especially if you decide to write it in .net under windows).

Simple image viewer in Javascript

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Lightbox JS is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on the current page. I think we posted about it before but I found out they released a version 2 of the library (now featuring also a Gallery mode) so it deserves a bump. Featuring:

  • Image Sets: group related images and navigate through them with ease
  • Visual Effects: fancy pants transitions
  • Backwards Compatibility: yes!