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Category Archives: Java

Understanding and Applying Operational Transformation


Almost exactly a year ago, Google made one of the most remarkable press releases in the Web 2.0 era. Of course, by “press release”, I actually mean keynote at their own conference, and by “remarkable” I mean potentially-transformative and groundbreaking. I am referring of course to the announcement of Google Wave, a real-time [...]

Interop Between Java and Scala


Sometimes, the simplest things are the most difficult to explain.  Scala’s interoperability with Java is completely unparalleled, even including languages like Groovy which tout their tight integration with the JVM’s venerable standard-bearer.  However, despite this fact, there is almost no documentation (aside from chapter 29 in Programming in Scala) which shows how this Scala/Java integration [...]

Hacking Buildr: Interactive Shell Support


Last week, we looked at the unfortunately-unexplored topic of Scala/Java joint compilation.  Specifically, we saw several different ways in which this functionality may be invoked covering a number of different tools.  Among these tools was Buildr, a fast Ruby-based drop-in replacement for Maven with a penchant for simple configuration.  In the article I mentioned that [...]

Gun for Hire (off topic)


Just in case you thought Christmas was over, I have a late gift for the world: I’m available for hire!  Ok, so maybe this wasn’t exactly the stocking-stuffer you were expecting, but it’s the thought that counts.
I’m announcing my availability for employment as a part-time developer.  Those of you who follow this blog are probably [...]

How Do You Apply Polyglotism?


For the past two years or so, there has been an increasing meme across the developer blogosphere encouraging the application of the polyglot methodology.  For those of you who have been living under a rock, the idea behind polyglot programming is that each section of a given project should use whatever language happens to be [...]