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Designing Enterprise Applications – Approaches and Patterns

Posted on March 30th, 2008 in Concepts, Featured, Java EE | 3 Comments »

JavaWorld has published a useful research paper which discusses how to discern which design patterns and frameworks would work best for your enterprise applications, written by Chris Richardson. As a developer it is very essential to know about the different strategies one would adopt in a particular business scenario. This paper helps you in making important decisions about which design patterns would best suite a given set of requirements.

According to the research done by Chris for enterprise applications, here are some of the important points which the paper elaborates:

  1. Make use of the POJO approach, with lightweight frameworks like Hibernate for ORM and Spring AOP for transactional activities.
  2. EJB 3 makes it possible to have your business logic sit within your POJO and also make it run outside the container which makes it really usable.
  3. Implementing 3 tiers for an application which commonly include
    1. Presentation tier
    2. Business Interfaces for encapsulation + Business tier logic in classes
    3. Persistence tier for handling transactions and concurrency
  4. The design should involve,
    1. Modeling your business classes appropriately
    2. Code structuring principles for easier maintenance

While the above points are usually very well known amongst the developer community, it helps if you know which decisions should be taken when. Design patterns which have been established over the years play a key role in making such decisions. The white paper explains a few of the design patterns which are particularly mentioned when enterprise applications are into consideration.

I would like to enumerate here, some of the different design patterns which are Read the rest of this entry »

5 Most Exciting Search Tricks with Google Operators

Posted on March 10th, 2008 in Concepts, Featured, Google | 53 Comments »

Knowing about different techniques of searching in Google, has the biggest advantage in saving precious time. The more you optimize your queries, the more faster you get what you were looking for and finally the more quicker your work gets done. Its a bit of ‘more’ in everything when Google search tricks are applied. If you liked my earlier articles on how to use various tricks provided by Google then here are some ‘more’ for you.

The theme for this article is “Definitive Search“. It means that, instead of beating around the bush for carrying out permutations and combinations of your search queries, why not carry out the search for exactly what we are looking for. By doing this, you would become more sure of getting the most relevant articles to your queries. Notice the ‘more’ here too! :)

Most of the Definitive Search tricks are obtained by using the Google Advanced Operators. I would like to specify in this article as to where the operators can be utilized ‘more’ efficiently. I was myself thrilled when I tried using these operators which lead me into writing this article.

Google Definitive Search Tricks

For this article I am taking a particular case study for search query optimization. So here we go… Read the rest of this entry »

5 Most Fantastic Movie Search Tricks With Google

Posted on February 7th, 2008 in Concepts, Featured, Google | 23 Comments »

My article on 10 Most Amazing Google Search Tricks was very well received which made me realize that people have not yet seen the powerful features provided by Google. The tricks in the article were amongst the common ones which frequent searchers know. But there are still many more which a few rare search savvy people, termed “google hackers” seem to know.

The fact is that, people miss out on these tricks since they are busy finding the keywords! In order to make them aware I will be trying to put up different tricks and their usage as per the requirement so that it becomes easier for you to get the required information in an instant.

This article is specially for the movie lovers since I am one of them. I am not “crazy” about movies but when I am keen to watch a movie I make it sure that the money is well worth spent. This is the place where Google helps me to make most of the decisions quickly. Some of these decisions include finding:

  • Release date
  • Cast of the movie
  • Reviews of the movie
  • Theatres where the movie is being aired
  • Checking the schedule
  • Trailers

So let me reveal the 5 most fantastic Google Movie Search tricks that I frequently use: Read the rest of this entry »

The Power of JavaScript Favelets

Posted on January 27th, 2008 in Featured, JavaScript, Tutorials | 5 Comments »

Favelets are bookmarks which contain JavaScript code. The code is used in many forms either for fun purposes or for reducing routine tasks. In present times, you won’t require favelets much since browser’s have got upgraded to include plugins or come with inbuilt features. But still, if you are stuck with a browser which does not have such features or plugin facilities then favelets can be your saviour.


A couple of days ago I was in such a situation. I am addicted to Firefox and already have a lot of plugins which increase my productivity. But in those couple of days, I was left with the dreadful Internet Explorer 6.0. Life became more difficult for me when I found myself opening up the Google homepage every time I wanted to search something. I did not have the rights to download the Google toolbar. But since I knew about Favelets I quickly made some and later found that even getting stuck with IE 6.0 did not matter any more.

How to make a favelet? Read the rest of this entry »

How To Install Windows Live Writer

Posted on January 13th, 2008 in Featured, Tutorials, Utilities, Windows | 6 Comments »

I am writing this article for the first time using Windows Live Writer. The interface of the tool is amazing and the installation has given me a new kind of energy to get more productive. I am starting with my blogging stint from Live Writer by writing a post on how to install Live Writer on your system.

What is Windows Live Writer?

Live Writer is a power blogging tool which helps in offline blogging. If you are a regular blogger then you might have used the ScribeFire Firefox addon. But Windows Live Writer is not just an addon its a full fledged blogging platform with many blog rich features. The features are fully in synch with the WordPress platform.

The best part of blogging in Live Writer is that, Read the rest of this entry »

Impressive Google Chart Generator Scripts

Posted on January 9th, 2008 in Featured, Google, Opinions, Utilities | 4 Comments »

A few days ago, I had written a post that the Google Chart API had a lot of power when you wanted simple and quick results for displaying charts in your website. I had also written a tutorial on how to go about creating a chart. But there was a certain shortcoming in the tutorial. It was tedious. It required you to create lengthy URL’s and also properly format the URL’s to get the chart.

But by the time I had written about the API, I noticed that people were coming up with great new ideas in order to reduce the burden of making the chart. And the ideas are practically impressive and have great scope for improvement.

A JavaScript Library
Chris Heilmann has created a script which Read the rest of this entry »

10 Most Amazing Google Search Tricks

Posted on January 6th, 2008 in Concepts, Featured, Google | 273 Comments »

Searching on Google can be a magical experience once you find out how to make your search queries efficient. By making efficient I mean using some tricks or the cheat sheet provided by Google itself to quickly find what you actually require. Having being hooked onto Google for a long time now, I have come across some amazing search tricks which can change the way you look at Google today.

Google Search Tricks

In this article I will list down the search tricks which I use quite frequently. Be it finding time, meanings or watching the cricket score, searching PDF’s, with Google as the search engine life cannot be more simpler. Here are the 10 most amazing Google Search tricks: Read the rest of this entry »

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