One of my favorites tools on my Mac is Konfabulator that allows you to create -or use prebuilt- application called Widgets. This Widgets are for example battery level, weather, see the Widget Gallery.
I was discussing with a friend about the creation of a monitoring dashboard in HTML. As any monitoring tool you want to be able to see the information in real-time, so you need to refresh the content….
One way of doing it is to refresh the whole page and this is easy, just use the meta tag:
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Refresh" CONTENT="5; URL=http://www.grallandco.com/" >
where 5 is the number of seconds between each refresh.
You can obviously make the whole think dynamic and configurable…
Mike Keith,architect for Oracle Containers for J2EE (OC4J) and TopLink products and currently represents Oracle in the EJB 3.0 expert group, has published an interesting article about Annotations in Java 5.0:.
To Annotate or Not? focused on the usage of Annotation or XML as metadata language. Mike provides sample code and explain the pros and cons of the annotation using use cases.