As an active user of Stackoverflow I came across their new career service. It’s brand new and their vision is to find the perfect employer for each developer. Pretty good idea I think. STO has a lot of bright brains, which can be a huge profit for corporations looking for great staff.
Amongst other job platforms, it stands out by providing developer specific details such as First computer, Favorite technologies, Likes, Dislikes, etc. Currently they’re offering a 3 year membership for only USD29.00. Once inside, you sit back, drink tea and wait.
Since their launch Stackoverflow provided me a lot of answers to my questions, which no other site achieved so far. That’s why it’s time to give back to them. I decided to subscribe for the 3yr membership.
Are you on Android? Do you care of having nice up-to-date photos of your callers? If yes, then you might check out this little new application (Search market for Gravatar Importer) which walks through your contacts and checks if any of them has a Gravatar picture online. Once a Gravatar is found, it is added to the respective contact.
Combine this with Facebook Sync and you might end up with a phone book full of beautiful photos. Could life be any simpler? Indeed, it could! Someone needs to come up with an app which combines all of them and keeps automatically updating photos from all kind of sources such as Facebook, Gravatar, LinkedIn, Xing, etc.
Ever needed to examine a response for a given request? Here we go! hurl is a neat and simple web based service which allows us to initiate a customized HTTP request and presents the resulting response in a nicely formatted manner. Free, responsive and several configuration options.
This is how Chris and Leah - the creators of hurl - put it:
Hurl makes HTTP requests.
Choose the request method, customize headers and POST parameters, add basic authorization, and even follow redirects. Then view the nicely formatted request and response.
It’s the perfect tool for testing APIs. Just enter a URL and click send.
Formatted request details (incl. followed redirects!)
When you implement a new feature somewhere, when you change just some bits of your code, when you fix a bug, or you just change a common text in an app… What do you do afterwards? Do you really check the result or do you trust yourself that it works fine 100%. It is an interesting thing to talk about… Continue reading →
The Android platform is gaining popularity every day and so are its applications. More and more applications are being added and keeping track of them can be really difficult. Especially if you are looking for apps which are useful and not only fun.
I have been using my Android (HTC Magic) for almost 3 months now and would like to present you my 10 must-have applications. Continue reading →
I was having trouble to differentiate between both nor could I 100% explain to someone what’s the real difference between a Service and a Component. Today I’ve found a really nice definition by Martin Fowler which I would like to share with you:
I use component to mean a glob of software that’s intended to be used, without change, by application that is out of the control of the writers of the component. By ‘without change’ I mean that the using application doesn’t change the source code of the components, although they may alter the component’s behavior by extending it in ways allowed by the component writers. - Martin Fowler, Inversion of Control Containers and the Dependency Injection pattern
A service is similar to a component in that it’s used by foreign applications. The main difference is that I expect a component to be used locally (think jar file, assembly, dll, or a source import). A service will be used remotely through some remote interface, either synchronous or asynchronous (eg web service, messaging system, RPC, or socket.) - Martin Fowler, Inversion of Control Containers and the Dependency Injection pattern