Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup we consider the quality of Java Programmers. Trusty Tahr Goes 14.04.1. Six Linux Desktops. Java Talking to .NET. IntelliJ IDEA Over Eclipse. Pay For My FOSS–The Mockup. UNIX History. Anime Movie Screenshots. Laws of Exponential Capabilities. David Bowie, Prophet of Kindle Unlimited. Hostile to Privacy.
Regarding Java Programmers
This article on finding high quality Java Programmers suggests Java is so ubiquitous, the language and its tools so mature that those who work in it are often “sheep” merely working for a paycheck. “By playing it safe [with Java], companies are essentially looking for developers to blindly code Java. They enter as Java developers and they leave as Java developers. If the application is written on niche or trendy languages or tools it will be harder to replace these developers later.” Apparently this is “broken thinking” and results in uninspired Java Developers. Maybe because I’ve been in software development over 20 years, but this is exactly the RIGHT thinking. There are sheep in all languages, and it’s up to the companies (and individuals) to continue to learn and find inspiration with the goal of becoming a master in the Java language.
Trusty Tahr Goes 14.04.1
Rolling Ubuntu 14.04 updates. Yeah, maybe I’m going to like this! I’ll particularly like it when Linux Mint goes 17.01, .02 and .03.
Six Linux Desktops
This ZDNet article is titled “Best Six Linux Desktops” but you never want to say anything is “best” among Linux Folk. KDE Plasma 5, Gnome 3.12, Unity 7, Cinnamon 2.0, LXDE 0.6.2 and MATE 1.8 are compared. The article is light on details, but screenshot descriptions do contain some background info on each environment.
Java Talking to .NET
If you really, really, really MUST talk to .NET, there’s a commercial product called JavOnNet that will help you with that. Reviewed in this JavaLobby article.
IntelliJ IDEA Over Eclipse
One Developer’s reasoning for why he prefers IntelliJ IDEA over Eclipse. For him it boiled down to IntelliJ having better support for new technologies and in particular, web stuff like CoffeeScript, LESS, SASS and Scala. I started in IntelliJ IDEA, purchased a license and found it a fully capable IDE for the WordPress Plugin I was building in PHP. Excellent PHP debugging support, for instance. I moved to Eclipse for Java development and it’s been awesome. I also found Eclipse to be much more attractive than IntelliJ IDEA given IDEA’s Swing-based architecture and the resulting ugly font rendering in Linux. Interestingly, I’m back using IntelliJ IDEA with Android Studio and discovered that the fonts with the Darcula theme actually look GOOD in Linux.
Pay For My FOSS. The Mockup
It started with a DeviantArt Mockup of an ElementaryOS Freya Download Page with a slidebar for the amount of your PayPal or Credit Card Payment. What??? Freya isn’t free? WHAT??? Here’s excellent coverage from NetRunner. The link is to the lengthy Reddit thread. Geez. The moral is, when you download ElementaryOS with plans on using it everyday, SUPPORT THE DEVELOPERS WITH A DONATION!
An amazingly chart detailing the history of UNIX. Here’s the web page describing the chart with a link to the PDF.
Anime Movie Screenshots
List of Anime Movies that I haven’t seen, but would like to sample if ever on Netflix Instant or some other streaming service.
Laws of Exponential Capabilities
Inspiring article on what Google’s top-rated futurist speaker Thomas Frey terms “Laws of Exponential Capabilities.” The three premises are: 1) With automation, every exponential decrease in effort creates an equal and opposite exponential increase in capabilities. 2) As today’s significant accomplishments become more common, mega-accomplishments will take their place. 3) As we raise the bar for our achievements, we also reset the norm for our expectations. A Must-Read for techies interested in future possibilities.
Is the Chromebook Right For You?
Excellent article describing the features and use cases for the Chromebook, answering the question, “Is the Chromebook right for you?”
David Bowie, Prophet of Kindle Unlimited
I was fascinated by the lead-in to this article on implications of Kindle Unlimited and the foresight of David Bowie. Once upon a time, 12 years ago to be precise, David Bowie said something very perceptive. “Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity,” he told a New York Times reporter. “So it’s like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You’d better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that’s really the only unique situation that’s going to be left. It’s terribly exciting. But on the other hand it doesn’t matter if you think it’s exciting or not; it’s what’s going to happen.”
Hostile to Privacy
I am a paying client of a Cloud Storage Service for the first time. SpiderOak was mentioned in this Guardian piece quoting Edward Snowden describing Dropbox as “Hostile to privacy.” The picture of Condoleezza Rice as the new appointee to Dropbox’s board sealed the SpiderOak Deal with me. What good is having 40GBs on this service and 30GBs on that service if you can’t trust them. Coincidentally, I received a New Customer email from SpiderOak mentioning how they are seeing a higher number of sign-ups after the Snowden article than ever in their history. I am also happy to report that so far I couldn’t be happier with my 100GB plan at $10/month.
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