• For many years, processor speed was measured by the frequency of the processor (the number of MHz or GHz). As chip makers have squeezed more and more transistors into the same amount of space, physical limitations have prevented processors from running at faster frequencies. So, to keep creating gains in processor speed, chipmakers have increased the number of cores on the processor instead of raising the frequency. Additional cores allow the processor to do additional things at once. For example, if there are 4 cores that is theoretically 4 times more powerful than a processor with 1 core running at the same frequency.

    In practice, most programmers are not used to supporting multiple processors, so the software they write can only take advantage of a single core. This means all that extra processing power sits idle. Fortunately, the Spring team, along with the rest of the Java community, has come up with a very elegant approach to supporting multiple processors.

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  • SOAP Testing

    Spider has done a significant amount of Web service extensions to our Scoreboard software throughout the past several years. Connect is a tool that uses these Web services to easily integrate data from existing sources into Scoreboard. I've personally found Web service technologies to be quite fascinatingly rewarding to work with.

    What's so different about Web service coding, however, as opposed to typical web application programming, is the way that you can make sure your code is working as expected.

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  • 10 Principles of Successful Web Apps

    Fred Wilson talks about what has made his web apps successful. Not everything perfectly applies to Spider Strategies, but it's good advice none the less.

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  • Doing the "Right" Thing

    iPad

    I've been thinking a lot lately about Apple's new iPad and its lack of support for Flash graphics. This is clearly a strategic move by Apple away from a closed technology that is fully owned by one company. Feel free to see the irony there.

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  • New option to turn off shiny graphics

    Our new graphics in Scoreboard have been incredibly well received. Some of our defense clients, however, prefer a flatter and more reserved look. For them we're introducing a configuration option in Scoreboard 2.2 to turn off shiny graphics. The screenshots below show different graphs with the option turned on and off. shiny-images