Scala and Java

2010-03-05 13:53:22 +0100

When you say Ruby, you say Rails. When you say Groovy, you say unit-tests, scripting and integration. Well that might be over-acted, but that's what most people make of it.
Some people remark Scala is best-suited for backend-code, or very good at parallel code, but apart from that I've never heard that Scala is the language for the Lift framework. Or the language to use when you want to create multi-threaded code. What I hear mostly, Scala is the new Java.
Would that be true: could you use Scala as a dropin replacement for Java, as, let's say, a Java 2.0 or Java 8?

In the coming postings I want to investigate that claim using my knowledge of experience in Java/J2EE and my complete lack of experience in Scala. Can you say to you're developers, or yourself, from this day on, we'll use Scala instead of Java to do our development?

For now, I found this nice presentation I want to share: Introduction To Scala For Java Developers by Miles Sabin.

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Google Docs and MS-Office

2010-02-27 18:21:55 +0100

Google Docs is a great tool store and edit documents online. MS-Office is a pretty good tool as well. Wouldn't it be nice if you could open documents stored at Google Doc using MS-Office. Of course MS-Office has something similar, MS Office Live, but that's still beta and I'm more used to Google Docs. However, since recently, Google Docs integration is possible, using OffiSync!
OfficeSync is a plugin for MS-Office. After installation, you'll get an extra menu.

Using the menu, you can open and save documents at Google Docs, in a similar fashion when you'd use MS Office Live or Sharepoint. OffiSync is free to use, but when you use the free tool, any MS Office feature that isn't supported by Google doc is lost when you save you're files at Google Docs. The paid version doesn't have this disadvantage.

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