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Midweek Extras: Agile ALM, AnnotatedBeanNode, MASON, and Design Inspirations

Posted by editor on May 4, 2010 at 9:05 PM PDT

"Extra! Extra! Read all about it!" -- that's what they used to show newspaper boys shouting out as they tried to sell their papers, in old American movies. Well, there are several news items I've found interesting in recent days beyond what I've featured in Java Today. So, I decided to highlight them here.

First, Michael Huttermann has posted Agile ALM and Fragile Agile -update-:

As already written, I've completed my manuscript of Agile ALM end of March. Beside my writing and editing, I've also organized a lot of other people who edited, reviewed and contributed content. Now we are in a phase, where we "bring the book to production" (according to the publisher). In the past, I've already incorporated feedback from Manning's reviewers. Because Manning did not give me a list of any unclear phrasings or similar, I've hired a professional editing service for supporting me, additionally. This service gave me many very good hints. Beginning of last week, Manning put someone on the project to further "polish" the completed manuscript...

Toni Epple writes about NetBeans in AnnotatedBeanNode:

There's a lot of boilerplate code if you want to display PropertySheets for a Bean in NetBeans. You need to create a Node and write code to create the PropertySheet. There are some classes like the BeanNode to make things easier, but the functionality is very basic, unless you want to write BeanInfo classes. I’ve just dusted off some annotations I found useful a while ago and uploaded them to Kenai: ...

Geertjan Wielenga has discovered the MASON Multiagent Simulation Toolkit on the NetBeans Platform :

MASON is a fast discrete-event multiagent simulation library core in Java, designed to be the foundation for large custom-purpose Java simulations, and also to provide more than enough functionality for many lightweight simulation needs. MASON contains both a model library and an optional suite of visualization tools in 2D and 3D. MASON is a joint effort between George Mason University's Evolutionary Computation Laboratory and the GMU Center for Social Complexity...

Finally, Kirill Grouchnikov provides Drinking From The Firehose – Design Inspiration April 2010:

Every month this series is tracking the latest design trends and collecting the best examples of modern web designs. Here is the list for April 2010 with almost 1700 links from 47 aggregator posts: Empathizing Color Psychology in Web Design from 1stwebdesigner...

All interesting reads (and/or views)!

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