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Sensor Networks - GEOCens finished its Pilot Phase

by Michael Stal on  Dec 17, 2011

In December the GEOCens (Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure for Environmental Sensing) is finishing its pilot phase, as the not-for-profit organization Cybera has recently published at GISUser.com. The software architecture is supposed to improve researcher access to international environmental data drawn from more than 60,000 sensors and 2,800 web map servers.

New Tool for Debugging Parallel Applications in Visual Studio 11

by Jenni Konrad on  Nov 11, 2011

Microsoft has released the Parallel Visualization Pack for Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview. Built to extend the functionality of the new Parallel Watch Window, the pack includes four visual tools to aid in debugging multithreaded applications.

Mobile HTML5 Charts by Sencha

by Dio Synodinos on  Aug 08, 2011 1

Sencha has launched Sencha Touch Charts, a beta version of a set of rich, interactive charting components built with HTML5 and optimized for mobile devices. Part of the Sencha Touch offering, this library enables developers to build interactive radar, bar, line, stacked, and pie charts that are optimized for Apple iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices.

VMware vFabric SQLFire Is Both an SQL Distributed Cache and a Datastore

by Abel Avram on  Jun 18, 2011

VMware vFabric SQLFire is an in-memory distributed SQL-based cache which can work with a traditional database to persist data to disk.

Kanban Boards from Sys Admin to Sales

by Amr Elssamadisy on  May 25, 2011

Mattias Skarin, co-author of InfoQ's popular mini-book on Kanban and Scrum, shares a set of kanban boards that can be used to visually manage anything from system administration, to development teams with multiple clients, to sales.

Bloggers React To Open Virtualization Alliance Announcement

by Michael Floyd on  May 18, 2011 1

Yesterday’s announcement that a group of company’s led by Red Hat, IBM, HP and others have formed the Open Virtualization Alliance had bloggers talking. The the goal is to foster the adoption of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). But speculation ran high after the announcement that some member companies may be attempting to break the stranglehold VMWare and Citrix hold on the market.

New Google APIs: Prediction, Fusion Tables, and Books

by Abel Avram on  May 11, 2011 1

Google has announced new or improved APIs at I/O 2011: Prediction – predicting new results from historic data, Fusion Tables – sharing and visualizing data online, and Books – accessing 15M books.

Visualize First. Build Later.

by Dave West on  Jun 28, 2010 16

A Computerworld article and webinar announcement, both featuring the use of iRise, to visually capture business application requirements calls attention to this growing product segment.

MapPoint Add-In For SQL Server Released

by Al Tenhundfeld on  Aug 22, 2009

Microsoft released a free MapPoint 2009 Add-In for SQL Server 2008 spatial data. The add-in can be used with MapPoint to build map graphics against queries on SQL Server 2008 spatial geography columns.

Article: Amazing Charts In Rails

by Werner Schuster on  Feb 20, 2009 8

This article is an introduction to creating Flash charts using the FusionCharts Free library from Ruby, complete with a feature comparison of other charting libraries.

Solo: Engine Yard on Amazon EC2

by Mirko Stocker on  Jan 22, 2009

Solo is a new offering from Engine Yard to run their software stack on Amazon EC2. We talked to Engine Yard's founder and architect Jayson Vantuyl to learn the differences between Solo and their present hosting services and what their target audience is.

Terracotta-VisualVM Integration Offers Cluster-wide Visualization and Event Correlation

by Srini Penchikala on  Jul 21, 2008

Terracotta integration with Sun Microsystem's VisualVM tool offers JVM and cluster-wide visualization. Terracotta announced last week its integration with Sun's VisualVM technology which gives Java developers and web administrators visualization and analysis capabilities to assist in tuning and troubleshooting of Java applications using the Terracotta management console.

Storing Code in Queryable Data Structures?

by Sadek Drobi on  Jun 20, 2008 8

Is today’s mainstream use of flat files the optimal way to represent code? Several discussions occurred in the blogspace in reaction to Rick Minerich’s post advocating for moving away from this paradigm towards keeping code in queryable data structures. What are the advantages of this approach and what are the trade-offs to take into consideration?

IntelliJ IDEA's Dependency Structure Matrix Tool Visualizes Architecture

by Michael Bushe on  Feb 12, 2008 2

JetBrains includes a Dependency Structure Matrix (DSM) tool in its recently released version 7.  DSM tools generate a representation of a codebase's dependencies in an appealing martix visualization.  This article looks at how DSM can improve project structure and how IDEA's DSM tool compares with alternatives.

Is a picture always worth a thousand words?

by Niclas Nilsson on  Nov 08, 2007 7

Is a picture always worth a thousand words?

In his recent article, “Why we write code and don’t just draw diagrams”, Dean Wampler argues that in software development the opposite is more often true.

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