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.
Who said computers have to be all work and no play? Software developer and author Ed Burnette shares his unique view of industry trends, technologies, and personalities.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Join me as I take a final look back at JavaOne 2006 with a new image gallery. What will this conference be best remembered for? And what are the take-away lessons?
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.
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.
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.