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The Acteur async web framework has grown some new features over the last year. A really, really simple way to write small, scalable REST servers.
on Aug 24, 2014
Acteur is a pattern for pipelining work - a little DI functional goodness for Java. I might have been speaking Swahili when I wrote about Acteur last month. So here's a simple explanation of the design pattern behind it, with a simple sample project.
on Jun 5, 2013


Have you wanted to do something with asynchronous I/O? I did. After doing some work with Node.js, I wanted to find a way to get some of the goodness of its programming model for Java. The Acteur project is the result - a framework for building scalable, asynchronous web applications using Netty + Guice - was the result. The programming model is a little unusual - you treat constructors as...
on Apr 7, 2013


So I haven't posted a blog here since 2009 - and haven't work for Sun or Oracle since early 2010. It's been a wild few years working on a number of things as diverse as giant clouds to control software for cameras which go down oil wells. And I have a new blog at, naturally using a blog engine I wrote myself (I gave myself a project to learn node.js). Currently I'm architecting...
on Nov 10, 2012

Web Applications

I've contributed a little persistence framework to WicketStuff. Basically, over the summer I needed to write a couple of web applications. My friend Jon suggested I try out db4o, an object database. One of the things I like about Wicket is its simplicity - no XML config files, straightforward HTML that maps to components, and every component has a Model that represents one object. One of the...
on Nov 29, 2007