Ed Burnette

Ed Burnette is a software industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a programmer, author, and speaker. He has written numerous technical articles and books, most recently "Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform" from the Pragmatic Programmers.

Latest Posts

$250K oops: Check behind those spam filters

A Georgia school district learned the hard way that the cure for spam may sometimes be worse than the disease. A Cobb County School District spam filter may have cost the district $250K when it blocked email about lower telephone services bid from a contractor.

June 7, 2006 by Ed Burnette


Video: Multi-user editing in Google Spreadsheets

Thanks to Philipp Lenssen you can now view a video of Google Spreadsheets in action. See what happens as three people edit the same spreadsheet, add text, change formats... even play tic-tac-toe! A gallery of screenshots is also available.

June 6, 2006 by Ed Burnette


Google releases Ajax based Excel killer

Dan Bricklin, creator of VisiCalc, never imagined spreadsheets like this. Zero footprint, sharing, and flexible cell content breathe new life into a staple of the modern office as Google releases Google Spreadsheets. But in this age of open source, how does Google get away with another proprietary application?

June 5, 2006 by Ed Burnette


U.S. vs. China vs. India in engineering

Vivek Wadhwa's students were concerned about having their jobs outsourced, so he undertook a study to understand the issue better. He compared graduation rates at U.S., Chinese, and Indian universities, and looked at the quality and types of graduates, and says that the situation isn't as bad as everybody thinks. But he offers some suggestions to help the U.S. stay competitive.

June 4, 2006 by Ed Burnette


Google: Linux Picasa uses Wine but Earth will be native

Picasa is Google’s first major, standalone desktop-client release on Linux. An image gallery of Picasa running on Linux is now available. More Google apps may be ported using the Wine library, but the long-awaited port of Google Earth will be native.

June 2, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Getting started with Google Web Toolkit (GWT)

Start with some Java, add a pinch of Eclipse, stir in the Google Web Tookit, and before you know it you're developing and debugging Ajax code from the comfort of your favorite IDE. Take a sip with this walkthrough with screenshots.

May 30, 2006 by Ed Burnette


Google fixes IE7 problem and others in new GWT release

It's only been a week since the first version came out, but already Google has released an updated version of its Google Web Toolkit (GWT). Version 1.0.21 fixes a number of problems with IE7 support, internationalization, and Tab Panels. In addition, Google also announced the launching of a new public GWT issue tracking web site, which is currently read-only.

May 27, 2006 by Ed Burnette


Kent Beck: "We thought we were just programming on an airplane"

JUnit co-creator Kent Beck says a number of things convinced he and Erich Gamma to create a new revision of JUnit after a long hiatus, including TestNG and Java 5. Last week at JavaOne, Kent talked about JUnit 4 and gave a rare behind-the-scenes look at the lessons learned from creating one of the world's most popular free programs.

May 25, 2006 by Ed Burnette


Java 7.0 (Dolphin): Evolving in the Ecosystem

Sun developer Danny Coward says "Compatibility is king", but Sun is not staying still in the Java space. At last week's JavaOne conference he unveiled some projects that R&D is working on for the upcoming "Dolphin" release of Java, due out in 2008. The proposed changes are in three areas: languages, packaging, and ease of development.

May 21, 2006 by Ed Burnette