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Fisheye for the Agile Guy

Posted by daniel on February 4, 2004 at 8:31 AM PST

Bill Wake compares the agile methodology view of a project in process as being similar to looking through a fisheye lens.

In today's Weblogs , Bill compares the traditional project plan with the agile view in Fisheye Lens Project Management. In a traditional plan there are many problems and "the sheer mass of data makes it hard to see what's really important". With Agile methods, you see "lots of detail in the center (the now), and less detail in the periphery (the future), but still enough detail to let you make sense of the big picture."

Joshua Marinacci is working on a future article for and is looking for "an embedable web browser for Java. Something along the lines of WebCore in the iTunes Music Store." He asks if you can recommend Any HTML Renderers for Java?

Our latest Featured Article is Felipe Leme's Validating Custom Tags . He explains how you can take advantage of two underused facilities for compile-time validation of JSPs. "Extra validation for a custom tag through a Tag Extra Info (TEI). "Validation for the JSP document using the taglib through a Tag Library Validator (TLV)." This article takes you through a simple but complete example that shows off these techniques.

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Taylor Cowan writes that many people have not considered how NIO might improve the scalability of a J2EE Web tier. In the developerWorks article The Servlet API and NIO: Together at last , Cowan shows "how to work around the Servlet API's aversion to nonblocking I/O to create a Servlet-based Web server that implements NIO [and] how this server scales against a standard I/O server (Tomcat 5.0) in a multiplexed Web server environment."

In The Ox Documentation Tool, Michael Fitzgerald explains that Ox is a free open source Java program "for people who regularly work at the shell or command-prompt level. It's a command-line Java program that accepts a keyword or term as input and then returns documentation for that term." He explains that "Ox isn't the greatest medium for providing large amounts of information on a given topic. HTML, XHTML, or PDF are better for that. Ox is best used, I think, for brief documentation, when you are looking for a few specifics on syntax, for example."

In Projects and Communities the NetBeans community invites you to take a look at the status of the NetBeans 4.0 planned features.

In Welcome part 2 Chris DiBona writes that one purpose of is "to bring Java on Linux up to par with Java deployed and developed on Solaris, NT and others. The other mission, [...] is the linux (and open source) -specific things."

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