January 06, 2004

Jez posted a nice little toy today - box: monitoring RSS/RDF feeds via email/SMS. Since I don't have access to an email/SMS gateway, this isn't really that useful to me. Besides, I subscribe to far too many feeds - I'd be getting hundreds of messages a day! But I can see tremendous use in various parts of this gadget.

Indeed, between the tool itself and Jez's follow up comments, I've learned a couple of useful things. Firstly I'd not heard of hsqldb. It's a fast, lightweight, pure Java RDBMS, a bit like Python's Gadfly.

And secondly, now I know how to tell Java about my firewall - see Write Java apps that work with proxy-based firewalls.

Thanks, Jez!

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at January 06, 2004 12:48 PM

hsqldb is based on HypersonicSQL, the database that comes bundled with JBoss. HypersonicSQL was always good enough for development use or for small systems, no idea though how hsqldb differs....

Posted by: sam on January 6, 2004 02:20 PM

hslqdb is a continuation project of the Hypersonic SQL project, as work on the original has now ceased. Take a look around the hsqldb site for more info on the improvements they've been making...

I've heard good things about Mckoi and it's lovely transactional support (nod to tastapod) [ http://mckoi.com/database/ ], must look into that soon...

Posted by: jez on January 6, 2004 02:50 PM
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