Timothy M. O'Brien

Tim lives in Evanston, IL, about thirteen miles North of Chicago, he maintains his own blog at www.discursive.com, and is also frequent contributor to O'Reilly Broadcast covering a range of topics including Science, Technology, and Government. When Tim isn't chasing the news, he is developing hybrid enterprise architectures for a range of clients and writing technical books. After having authored four traditional computer books with O'Reilly: Jakarta Commons Cookbook, Maven: The Definitive Guide, Harnessing Hibernate, and Maven: A Developer's Notebook; Tim has dedicated himself to exploring the emerging area of Free, Open Writing and is currently working to develop several open titles including the Common Java Cookbook.

Tracking Salesforce’s push toward developers

Salesforce's recent investments suggest it's building a developer-centric suite of tools for the cloud.

Have you ever seen Salesforce’s “no software” graphic? It’s the word “software” surrounded by a circle with a red line through it. Here’s a picture of the related (and dancing) “no software” mascot. Now, if you consider yourself a developer, this is a bit threatening, no? Imagine…
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DNA: The perfect backup medium

DNA storage could change the way we store and archive information.

It wasn’t enough for Dr. George Church to help Gilbert “discover” DNA sequencing 30 years ago, create the foundations for genomics, create the Personal Genome Project, drive down the cost of sequencing,  and start humanity down the road of synthetic biology. No, that wasn’t enough. He and his team decided to publish an easily understood scientific paper (““Next-generation…
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Clojure's advantage: Immediate feedback with REPL

Clojure's advantage: Immediate feedback with REPL

Chas Emerick on how Clojure can make a difference to developers.

REPL is built into Clojure, and you can connect to any running Clojure process and modify and execute code. In this interview, "Clojure Programming" co-author Chas Emerick discusses the possibilities this introduces for Clojure developers.

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Jesse Robbins on the state of infrastructure automation

Shifts for sysadmins and a surprising use for Chef.

OpsCode chief community officer Jesse Robbins discusses cloud infrastructure automation and the most surprising use of Chef he's seen so far.

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Data's next steps

RedMonk's Steve O'Grady weighs in on data's pressing issues.

Redmonk analyst Steve O'Grady discusses the demand for data scientists, the problem of using data to asking the right questions, and why you shouldn't rush into a NoSQL investment.

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Jason Huggins' Angry Birds-playing Selenium robot

Jason Huggins' Angry Birds-playing Selenium robot

How a game-playing robot could help shape the future of mobile testing.

If you try to talk to Jason Huggins about Selenium, he'll probably do to you what he did to us. He'll bring his Arduino-based Angry Birds-playing testing robot to your interview and then he'll relate his invention to the larger problems of mobile application testing and cloud-based testing infrastructure.

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Bob Lee on Java references and the state of Java

Bob Lee on Java references and the state of Java

Square CTO Bob Lee digs into Java's current position.

In this short interview from JavaOne, Square CTO Bob Lee discusses Java references and weighs in on the state of Java and the industry.

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Ruby is for Java

Bob McWhirter on Ruby, Java and TorqueBox.

Bob McWhirter, JBoss Fellow, Codehaus Despot, and creator of TorqueBox, discusses the boundary between Java and Ruby and his efforts to make Torquebox "a real first-class Ruby platform that works the way Rubyists expect".

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Dramatic Increase in Number of Tor Clients from Iran: Interview with Tor Project and the EFF

Dramatic Increase in Number of Tor Clients from Iran: Interview with Tor Project and the EFF

The Tor Project produces an anonymous proxy services which allows users to evade surveillance. In this interview, Andrew Lewman talks about the Tor Project and discusses some statistics that show its increased use from with Iran. This article also includes some questions and answers with the EFF about the legal implications of running an open proxy server.

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Sarah Milstein on Iranian Protests and Twitter

Sarah Milstein on Iranian Protests and Twitter

In this 10 minute interview, Sarah Milstein, co-author of The Twitter Book, discusses Twitter’s impact on the Iranian protests, the emerging relationship between Twitter and breaking news stories, and she addressed the fear of inadvertent transparency within immediate social messaging communications media.

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