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Title and summary Date/time
61
Someone had to do it
/dev/bollocks goes Web 2.0
29-May-2007
11:04:49
62
The birth of a new programming language
A rare chance to watch (and even contribute to!) the birth of a new programming language - lolcode.com. 1337!
29-May-2007
10:15:31
63
XML-based J2EE frameworks considered harmful
Are you using one of the XML-based web frameworks such as Spring, WebWork or Struts? Then you've been duped. Conned. Flimflammed. Bamboozled. Hornswoggled. (Yes, this is a rant ;-) Here's why: XML doesn't get executed, it gets read Unlike Java ...
03-May-2007
04:44:05
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Why I hate XML configuration files
I'm working on a reasonably large (1000+ source files) J2EE application that makes extensive (some might say utterly excessive) use of external components - it requires in the order of 50 JAR libraries to run, over and above the standard J2EE ones.And of ...
05-Apr-2007
15:38:44
65
A useful little web access log reporting tool
One of the things that was on my to-do list after setting up the Meninos do Morumbi Oldham website was to do something on the reporting front with the server log files. I'd already set up Tomcat to generate combined log format files by putting this in the ...
01-Dec-2006
04:06:19
66
Hosting a community website using Solaris and Tomcat
Outside of work I'm also a member of a Community-based Samba band, Meninos do Morumbi Oldham, along with my son James. Like most people in the IT business, once people figure out what you do you inevitably get requests to help with anything related to ...
27-Nov-2006
02:54:59
67
Someone's noticed our Open Source strategy...
Greg Luck has done an insightful writeup of Sun's Open Source Strategy: For Sun rather than getting a large licensing revenue from a small number of customers, they potentially get a small amount from a large number. They will be getting money from me ...
02-Nov-2006
05:57:59
68
Nice one, Team NetBeans!
Just read this glowing testimonial on The Inquirer for the NetBeans World Tour, which has reached Buenos Aires. I met Roumen Strobl briefly at the last Tech Day in London, and he seems like a really nice guy - I'm pleased to see he's even impressing ...
23-Oct-2006
15:53:09
69
Magic NetBeans logo
This video shows a guy called Marco Tempest doing some street magic with something that looks exactly like the NetBeans logo. Bizzare!
08-Oct-2006
06:40:11
70
Printing simple tabular reports with JTable
I've been putting together a little Java application that required some simple tabular reports that could be both viewed on screen and printed out, the data coming from a Derby database. I spent quite a bit of time looking a the various libraries out ...
30-Sep-2006
03:33:09
71
HTML-formatted JLabels and Matisse
I was trying to lay out a dialog that used the Matisse layout manager and included some JLabels that used HTML tags to format the content. Although it looked fine in the NetBeans GUI designer, previewing the dialog showed that the content at the bottom ...
11-Aug-2006
07:20:01
72
Run-time type checking with Java Generics
I've been looking at the Apache XML-RPC library, and figuring out how best to marshal and unmarshal Java objects that I'm passing between the client and server. XML-RPC only supports a limited set of data types, so if you want to pass the contents of an ...
13-Jul-2006
07:38:48
73
Netbeans, JNI, Webstart and Apache
Although NetBeans has a Webstart module, it isn't really up to snuff yet, as I detailed in a previous post. Specifically, it doesn't support JNI code, and it can't sign the JAR files, which is needed if you have any JNI code to deploy. However, it's ...
28-Jun-2006
04:10:35
74
Building Win32 JNI code using NetBeans and MinGW
I use a GPS mapping application called OziExplorer, and just for laughs I started fiddling around with encapsulating the API for the application so that I could use it from Java. Access to the API is via a DLL, which meant delving into the scary world ...
27-Jun-2006
08:37:33
75
Using NetBeans with SourceForge (Win32)
I have a Win32 project hosted on SourceForge, and as it took me a bit of fiddling to get NetBeans to work with the SourceForge CVS server I thought I'd document the steps needed - although there is some information on the NetBeans and SourceForge sites, ...
27-Jun-2006
07:26:52
76
Fixing O'Reilly Safari Books Online annoyances, part 2
As I said in my last post, I like O'Reilly's Safari Online, but I find some of the presentation a little annoying. Other than the grotty font choices, my other bugbear is the awful "Additional reading" section that appears at the bottom of lots of the ...
11-Jun-2006
12:22:46
77
Fixing O'Reilly Safari Books Online annoyances
While I love the content available from O'Reilly's Safari Books Online website, I'm less than enamoured with the presentation. Specifically it insists on using small Times Roman as the font for displaying the contents of books. You can increase the ...
08-Jun-2006
07:22:37
78
OziGeocacheUK
I've been tinkering around for a while wrapping the API to OziExplorer in Java. I've finally knocked together an application that uses it. integrates information from GeocacheUK.com and Geocaching.com into OziExplorer. OziExplorer is a GPS mapping ...
11-Apr-2006
10:41:13
79
A sort of perl golf challenge
I've been reviewing some perl code code that is due to go back into Solaris shortly, and one of the routines takes a sorted array of integers and returns a string with contiguous ranges of numbers collapsed and other numbers comma-separated. For ...
05-Apr-2006
14:20:31
80
Why I hate XML, and Ant's use of it in particular
I was googling around for examples of how to sign a JAR file in Ant using the signjar task and came across this monstrosity - 217 lines of turgid XML. How anyone can say Ant is an improvement over make is a mystery to me, and how anyone could ever think ...
25-Mar-2006
08:26:49