Month: April 2012


Java YAML Shootout – SnakeYaml vs YamlBeans

After spending a couple months developing LiveOn using the Play! Framework, I’ve grown increasingly intolerant of other Java frameworks. While I’d used YAML before in Rails & Python, Java frameworks usually ignore YAML in favor of XML for configuration. The creators of Play! realized that XML sucked, and implemented their


Digg oAuth using Scribe

I really like the library for doing oAuth in Java. It uses a fluent API, a very slim dependency structure, and is ready to use in android apps. So, when I needed to connect to Digg’s API for a Java app, I looked at Scribe first. Unfortunately, Scribe doesn’t support


A Tale of 2 Authentications

I’ve recently had the opportunity to work with the REST APIs for two great services, Dropbox & SugarSync. For the uninitiated, SugarSync and Dropbox are two competing cloud storage providers. While Dropbox seems to have better name recognition, SugarSync provides a better pricing model, and great support across different Operating