Wednesday, November 26, 2008

97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know - The Book


Time for some more soft-skill knowhow :)
Found this series quite some time ago. A whole website dedicated to skills a software architect should have.
Of corse not only related to skills. Its about thinks an architect should keep in mind. Wan't to know my personal Top 5? Here it is:



Of corse there are plenty more good hints and tips around there. And a bit of truth is in every single point :) Read them.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

LogDigger - Gives wings to your Java application logging


LogDigger provides Java web application developers with instant access to application log messages directly from Firefox.

LogDigger is an extension for Firefox and Firebug that collects Log4j log messages related to requested application URL and shows them in Firebug.

All you have to do is to put some LogDigger jar-Files into your /WEB-INF/lib and configure a special filter-mapping



LogDigger Servlet Filter
org.logdigger.servlet.filter.LogDiggerServletFilter



for your webapplication. After that you have to install Firebug and the LogDigger Firefox extension. After restarting Firefox you should see LogDigger label next to the Firebug’s icon in the Firefox status bar. When LogDigger receives log messages the label changes to event counter (by log level) that you can click on to open log console.

If your code instruments Log4J logmessages, you can review them within your browser window. Perfect for development on remote instances!


LogDigger 0.2 is FREE for both personal and commercial use.

SOA and EDA - Jack van Hoof' thoughts


I was looking around the web to catch up with my favorite pages these days and came across an interesting blog. You might already know Jack van Hoof.

Jack’s interests lie in IT technology trends and innovation; combined with three decades of extensive practical experience makes Jack a credible IT visionary. He maintains a blog where he publishes his thoughts on SOA and EDA:
soa-eda.blogspot.com
See a more complete vita at the contributors page of the soa-magazine.

Ok. It is not a big secret that SOA is something "special" to me. What means I have my own personal oppinion about the three letters and their meaning to projects.
But the thoughts on Jack's blog are worth more than one minute of reading.

I personaly like his posts about "The magical A of SOA and EDA" and also his very abstract view on the role of enterprise architecture in a company.

If you have time. Give his blog a try!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Google and Microsofts OpenXML


Google started to support Microsoft's Office Open XML formats in Gmail and web search. You can now view as HTML documents created using Microsoft Office 2007: .docx documents, .xslx spreadsheets and .pptx presentations.

Google Docs doesn't yet support importing Open XML files. But I expect this to happen shortly, too :)

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in a hurry



in a hurry, originally uploaded by myfear.

The right posting for today. I feel like I am in a constant hurry. Can't tell you why. I am still not arranged with the new wintertime and it seems as if my body and soul decided to wait for the summer until they will fully support me again ;)
Hope, this will change shortly. I realy do not like this too much.

(N73; 02.11.2008; 1/15 at f/2.8; ISO 500; white balance: Auto; focal length: 5.6 mm)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

EJB 3: From legacy technology to secret weapon



Some say Enterprise JavaBeans earned its reputation for complexity one burned out programmer at a time. But developers today have begun to notice that EJB 3 is an entirely different animal. Convention over configuration, annotations, dependency injection, and aspect orientation make modern EJBs a lean alternative to XML-laden and JAR-heavy frameworks. In this article, Adam Bien explains how EJB 3's new component model and persistence handling help streamline enterprise development -- and even work well for small and midrange applications.


It's worth reading :) give it a try :)

http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-10-2008/jw-10-ejb3.html

Monday, November 3, 2008

Goal Oriented Business Process Management in Practice


A new article of mine was published on 31.10.08. This one is about goal oriented pusiness process management based on LS/ABPM from Whitestein Technolgies.
Again it is only available in german.