Archive for February, 2007

Javascript Graphing

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

I’ve noticed this interesting wrapper to prototype that allows you to print some interesting Canvas/SVG graphs. It seems it’s a new trend these days and we can see dojo is also experimenting with a graphing component. On the other hand if you prefer a Java server side image generator that doesn’t require a browser with latest features check out the CeWolf graphing tag library, I’ll be adding it to my project soon. A bonus for our readers, bunch of ajax links on one page, we surf the web so you don’t have to :).

Newsmap

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

One really nice and innovative approach to visualizing news comes from Marcos Weskamp that made a treemap implementation in Flash, aggregating news from the Google news service. It’s funny that something so Web 2.0 comes from 2004. Permalink notizie italiane.

Putting the Calendar API to history

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

If anyone of you has worked even just a little bit with the Calendar API I’m sure you have found that it’s very unintuitive and not very functional. An excellent library that manages to fix a lot of aches that the plain JDK delivers is Joda Time. I’ve started using it in my current project and made certain things trivial (and fun) to do. Modeling the time domain using a Object Oriented API is definitely a challenging task and no wonder it took so long to produce something of quality. What’s even better, the guy behind Joda Time is getting on the board of JSR 310 which should guarantee that JDK 7 will finally get a decent API for managing time.