Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup we offer belated birthday wishes to Eclipse, consider Firefox Ads, and a Flat Ubuntu Theme–but not a Modern UI one. Our Java Geek Links include Enums and using Lambdas for SQL calls. Congrats to Vogella and a review of the top On-Demand Music Streaming Services. (My service didn’t win.)
Belated 10 Year Birthday Wishes to Eclipse
Congratulations to those behind Eclipse and their successes in building a great IDE and such a large user base. “Having begun its life as a bold experiment in corporate open source contribution, the Eclipse Foundation has over the past decade evolved from a focused Java development project to a diverse community supporting a wide array of languages and needs.”
Mozilla Foundation on Firefox Ads
I’ve been using Firefox almost exclusively lately and will probably continue when it includes ads if implemented as the Mozilla Foundation Chair is saying, with some of the most visited tiles containing ads. Mozilla promises the ads will have no tracking features, so it sounds like they’re trying to put the user first. Interesting sidebar, 90% of Mozilla revenue currently comes from their Google search deal. That leaves me out since I use the non-tracking DuckDuckGo for search…most of the time anyway.
A Flat Ubuntu Theme
I like my Mint-X Theme, LoginIcon set, and Ambiance for Ubuntu-themed Window Borders and Controls in my beloved Linux Mint. If I wanted to go flat, this Iris Theme is pretty nice. Sidebar: I found this theme after reading about someone creating a Windows 8 Modern UI theme for Gnome. That’s so wrong and twisted that you’ll have to find that on your own if you’re interested.
Several examples of using enumerators in Java. EnumSets, EnumMaps, Enum.values(), Enums in Switch Statements and other kinds of Enum Fun.
The Best Streaming Service
I am a paid subscriber to Pandora and Spotify. I wouldn’t stop using either unless something remarkable came along. This post describes Spotify, Rdio, Beats Music and a couple of other streaming services. Pandora wasn’t covered because it’s not an “on-demand” service like the others. Spotify didn’t win, by the way, but I’m cool with that.
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Today’s Vermont Photo is provided by Alan Levine available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.