JavaOne 2009

Planning to head to JavaOne this week?  Stop by our booth in the Expo Hall and say hello.  We'll have product experts on hand to show you our latest and greatest solutions for Java development.  Come see us at booth #304. http://java.sun.com/javaone/...

Annocat: e pluribus unum

ElectricAccelerator annotation files are a fantastic way to get a grip on your build behavior and performance, but what if your Build (capital B) spans more than one invocation of emake? Annotation gives you a good look inside any single invocation, but there's no way to get an overview of...

Just a minute!

Efficiency sure is popular, especially in the business of software development. NetApp would like to help you track storage efficiency. Nokia Siemens Networks hopes you're thinking about network efficiency And Cisco points out that energy efficiency should be at the top of your cost-cutting strategy list.  Infrastructure vendors are on...

Delta: the coolest tool you’ve never heard of

One of the challenges that any developer faces is finding a small test case that reproduces a defect reported by users. That's often easier said than done: when the defect originally shows up during parsing of a makefile consisting of 20,000 lines of nested calls to $(eval), separating the interesting...

Enabling Agile Software Development

Agile is great.  It seems that everyone is either adopting or talking about it (of course many of those will probably be perpetually adopting and talking).  However not everyone is succeeding with Agile.  One reason is that in order for Agile to work well you need highly experienced developers that...

Makefile performance: pattern-specific variables

If you've been using GNU make for some time, you are probably familiar with both pattern rules and target-specific variables. You may even be familiar with the intersection of these features: pattern-specific variables. But you may not be aware of a subtle change in gmake 3.81 which affects the processing...

Makefile performance: $(shell)

One rookie performance mistake I've seen in GNU make makefiles is the use of $(shell) without := assignment. Of course I'm not the first person to write about this, but people are still making this mistake, and it's so easy to fix, it's really tragic that it's still out there....

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