links for 2009-10-09

  • I’ve always wanted a concise and beautiful schema language for JSON. This desire stems from a real world need that I’ve hit repeatedly. Given in-memory data that has been hydrated from a stream of JSON, of questionable quality, validation is required. Currently I’m constantly performing JSON validation in an ad-hoc manner, that is laboriously writing boiler plate code validating that an input JSON document is of the form that I expect.
  • An excellent paper was just released that puts hard data behind this point and shows conclusively that ECC is absolutely needed. In DRAM Errors in the Wild: A Large Scale Field Study, Bianca Schroeder, Eduardo Pinheiro, and Wolf-Dietrich Weber show conclusively that you really do need ECC memory in server applications. Wolf was also an author of the excellent Power Provisioning in a Warehouse-Sized Computer that I mentioned in my blog post Slides From Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research where the authors described a technique to over-sub subscribe data center power.
  • It is a library that allows the parameter names of non-private methods and constructors to be accessed at runtime. Normally this information is dropped by the compiler. In effect, methods like 'doSometing(mypkg.Person toMe)' currently look like 'doSomething(mypkg.Person ???)' to people using Java's reflection to inspect methods.

    To date parameter name access has not been very useful to Java application developers, but with the advent of advanced scripting languages and web action frameworks for the JVM it is of increasing importance to be able to leverage a method's parameter names. Scripting languages like Groovy & JRuby, web action frameworks like Waffle and VRaptor (that verge on the tranparent) and the compelling Grails. SOAP and REST designs could also benefit.

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