NBC2 News Online - The mystery of the eye

This is pretty wild....the number 2 appears in the eye of Hurricane Wilma. They insist that the image and video were not altered....in fact you can barely see it at this NOAA link as well: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/radar/archive/Tue/kamx/241002.gif.

NBC2 News Online - The mystery of the eye

IT Observer - A Glimpse at the Future of Programming Languages: O'Reilly Releases "Beyond Java"

The Ruby on Rails hype continues - Bruce Tate considers the possibility that it may be "the next big thing," as well as letting us know that "It's time to start paying attention again. It's time to look at the horizon, beyond Java." I've been thinking about this issue a lot lately - I mean, even 10 years ago none of us could have predicted that we'd be using Java as much and in the way we are now. It was a C/C++ world. Now we don't know what we'd do without Java - or do we. Scripting languages seem to have the momentum right now - even in the Javaspace (see Groovy). Ruby on Rails, as much as I've seen of it, is EXTREMELY impressive. If we can repeatedly solve the BIG problems in a scalable, maintainable way with these languages, plus we get the added benefits of dynamic typing, etc., why wouldn't we transition? I'm excited to check this book out, and also excited to be in the web development space right now. Who knows - 10 years from now we might be looking at "Beyond Rails."

IT Observer - A Glimpse at the Future of Programming Languages: O'Reilly Releases "Beyond Java"

Spurgeon - Morning and Evening

Spurgeon's evening devotional for today packs a punch. I can't get over the last few sentences:

O professor, too little separated from sinners, you know not what you lose by your conformity to the world. It cuts the tendons of your strength, and makes you creep where you ought to run. Then, for your own comfort's sake, and for the sake of your growth in grace, if you be a Christian, be a Christian, and be a marked and distinct one.

Read Spurgeon's Evening for Oct 14.

FOXNews.com - The O'Reilly Factor - Talking Points - The ACLU Exposed

Bill O'Reilly slams the ACLU for being what it is - not a defender of Constitutional rights, but a militant organization fighting for its own radical, secular, progressive agenda. BO states:

"The ACLU simply wants a different country, a nation where conduct it approves of, public sexual displays, child molestation literature is allowed. But the ACLU wants to inhibit conduct it disagrees with, like protesting the border and celebrating the birth of Jesus. That's what's going on."

Read more at FOXNews.com - The O'Reilly Factor - Talking Points - The ACLU Exposed.

ONLamp.com: What Is Ruby on Rails

What Is Ruby on Rails by Curt Hibbs -- Ruby on Rails is an impressive web development framework that will soon reach version 1.0. While there's a lot of buzz, it can sometimes be difficult to discern the steak beneath the sizzle. Curt Hibbs walks through the features and pieces of Ruby on Rails to show how it fits together and where its big benefits come from.

I read this article this morning and I have to say it makes me even more impressed with Rails. I think it has the potential to be a BIG player in the web application development space - if not to replace Java, PHP, etc., with Ruby as many developers' platform of choice, it will definitely challenge the existing framework developers for Java, etc., to scale even bigger heights when it comes to features and ease of development.

Apache iBATIS

One technology that I picked up on in the last session of the Java In Action conference was Apache iBATIS. It is a really cool framework that maps SQL queries to Java objects. It provides the capability to do really AWESOME things with dynamic SQL, and eliminates the N+1 query problem. I've been playing with it on a project the last couple of days and I'm VERY satisfied with what I've seen so far. It has the potential to really help us out in some application hot spots and places w/ a great deal of dynamic SQL. You should definitely take a peek.

Supernatural Regeneration

I am about halfway through reading an interview with Ravi Zacharias in the Fall 2005 issue of Just Thinking from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. The interview was conducted by Major John Carter of the Salvation Army, and concerned Leadership and Calling. I was extremely taken by a quote by RZ in the interview which I'll reproduce below:

I really think that today, as Christian apologists, that the biggest challenge to the faith is not an intellectual question. In fact, I have not heard an intellectual question to the faith that has disturbed me. I am more convinced than ever of the message of the Gospel. But the biggest challenge to the Christian faith is this: If the message that we have lays claim to a supernatural regeneration, then why is it that we do not see that regeneration more often? No other religion claims a supernatural regeneration. They may claim ethics and morality. Hinduism does. But we are the only ones who claim a new birth. Born of the Holy Spirit, our hungers have changed, our disciplines have changed, our behavior has changed. If it is a supernaturally engendered thing, why do we not see it more often? And if that is true of the common person in conversion, how much more true it must be of ones in leadership. So I believe character is essential, and without that, you cannot serve.

To me this really gets to the heart of the matter - how can I or anyone else claim that Jesus Christ has made a difference in my life, that I have been supernaturally changed, if I continue to go on living as I did before I was "converted?" And what's more, how can I position myself as a teacher of God's Word if I don't do the things that Christ has taught us to do - I'm expecting my students to do them, why don't I? It's a matter of being a doer of the Word and not a hearer only. As Christians we all need to check ourselves - are we truly in the faith? And if so, are we daily placing ourselves on the altar of living sacrifice, daily making the decision to leave our desires behind and follow the will of Christ? I'm so thankful for RZ's statement, as it really touched me at a point at which I needed to be touched.

Ruby on Rails

I've spent quite a bit of time playing with this Ruby on Rails thing. It's amazing that I was able to build such a nice basic CRUD app w/ only 57 lines of code. Now, I know this app didn't do much - just manage an Online Cookbook (i.e. the OnLAMP.com Rolling on Rails tutorial). I'm going to go through "Four Days on Rails" next since it purports to be a tutorial with a "Real App." I'm excited about maybe using Ruby for rapid prototyping for our enterprise-class Java apps...maybe even for production apps. Who knows...Ruby may replace Java? :-)

Post #1

This is my first post to this blog. I've just returned to work after spending the last week at TheServerSide.com's Java in Action conference in Orlando, FL. Got to take the family with me and spend a day at Magic Kingdom. A good trip, and learned a lot of new technologies.