Archive for April, 2009

Really cool demo of how Firefox 3.5 can play video

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Check out this cool demo what the upcoming Firefox 3.5 can do with video using the new W3C Standards

Google Web Toolkit + Google App Engine Rock

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Update 18/1/2010: In the meantime I’ve wrote my first serious GWT +AppEngine app. Check out my blog post about that. Check out the site

As I wrote 2 days ago I was looking into Google Web Toolkit (GWT) in combination with Google App Engine. Google recently released support for Java on App Engine and a plugin for Eclipse fro GWT and App Engine. This provides a very slick development environment. Deploying your web app is just pushing one button and your app is deployed.  Actually you can deploy multiple versions of the same web app.  So you can first test drive the app before making it the live version.

I’ve implemented the Hagman application from the Google Web Toolkit Applications book and you can try it now on

The really cool thing is that all the code on both client and server is Java, which make development and debugging a breeze.

If you want to know a bit more I can recommend you watching:

A very cool plugin for Eclipse: Mylyn

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

I installed Eclipse 3.4 on my laptop to look into Google Web Toolkit 1.6 and Google App Engine, which should make making web applications a breeze. Watch the campfire videos about this on YouTube.

While I installed Eclipse I saw something called Mylyn. It’s really cool plugin which can improve productivity of programmers. Basically it adds a very clever task management interface to Eclipse. It automagically optimizes the user interface for the task or bug you are working on. This way you are not distracted by other clutter in the interface. Furthermore for every task it remembers the state of the interface so if you are working on task A and change to working on task B the moment you switch back to working on task A the interface changes to how you left it.

Furthermore it integrates very nicely with a whole bunch of other tools such as SVN, Bugzilla, Mantis, JIRA etc. etc. If you want to know more I recommend that you watch a webinar given by Mik Kersten the maintainer of Mylyn. Another good talk about software productivity from Mik you can watch here

The Google of Airline Tickets, Hotels, Cars, Vacations etc.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

kayakI always found it a real pain to look for airline tickets on the internet. You have to go to several sites and usually the search is very slow. Recently I discovered and I really like it. Kayak collects data from 140+ travel sites and the search they have is much faster than other sites. Furthermore it immediately shows you the prices for travelling on days around the days you want to travel. That way you can see immediately if you can save some money. The interface kayak uses is also very easy to use. In short I highly recommend using Kayak for planning one of your next trips