Best Of The Week

Best Of The Week – 2011 – W20

Hello guys,

Time for the “Best Of The Week” links for the week that just passed. Here are some links that drew JavaCodeGeeks attention:

* Using JMeter to measure binary protocols: A very useful article describing how to setup and use JMeter in order to measure the performance of custom binary protocols. This was done without writing a custom plugin for the protocol at hand, just by using the provided out-of-the-box functionality.

* The need for parallel programming: A nice article discussing the need for parallel programming. It explains the reasons for switching to multi-cores processors and states that “If we want our programs to run faster, we must learn to write parallel programs”. Also check out our article Java Fork/Join for Parallel Programming.

* The final word on final: A must read article where the author explains the benefits of using the Java final keyword, not only for declaring classes and methods but mainly for marking variable references. Easier to read code, thread safety, even performance are the main benefits.

* Android 3.1 Platform, New SDK tools: New release for the the Android platform, continuing the the tablet-optimized UI and features introduced in Android 3.0. Some of the new stuff: Open Accessory API for accessories integration, USB host API, Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) and Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) API for audio. Also check Embracing the Android awesomeness: A quick overview.

* How Garbage Collection differs in the three big JVMs: An incredibly useful article that highlights the differences in Garbage Collection among the three big JVMs (Sun Hotspot, Oracle JRockit, IBM JVM).

* Do’s and Don’ts on Android: A presentation where the author shares lessons learned from implementing a mobile banking application for Android, presenting the architecture, the technology&tools used, what works and what should be avoided.

* Are You a Whole Team?: An article discussing the “Whole-team approach”, the agile practice in which the entire team works as a unit of generalizing specialists to share responsibility for producing high-quality software. Also check Agile software development recommendations for users and new adopters and Save money from Agile Development.

That’s all for this week. Stay tuned for more, here at JavaCodeGeeks.

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Ilias Tsagklis

Ilias is a software developer turned online entrepreneur. He is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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