October 31, 2002
OpenSymphony

OpenSymphony looks pretty interesting. It's a set of J2EE components, possibly the most interesting of which is WebWork. WebWork defies one sentence explanation, but basically, it's a tool for building highly dynamic websites.

WebWork doesn't come with a tutorial, so WebWork - Gaining Core Competency was a good find (found at Pushing the envelope).

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 04:25 PM
Java Launcher

The Marner Java Launcher. Launching Java applications via an exe.

Combine with Inno or Nullsoft, and Windows users need never know that you are shipping a Java app.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 01:31 PM
Aspire

For Tomcat Developers, Aspire Comes in a JAR

Utility for Data Access, Configuration, Logging, and Factory Needs.

Via Erik's Weblog.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 12:49 PM
October 30, 2002
Class reloader

Michael Hudson's metaclass based Autoreloader. Don't try to understand this - your brain may explode.

Via Python owns us.

Update 4th November: It's a Cookbook entry now, updated and with discussion.

Posted to Python by Simon Brunning at 02:59 PM
Stereotypes

I have no idea why Stereotypes is so disturbing, but it is.

Via Ned.

Posted to Funny by Simon Brunning at 02:55 PM
October 29, 2002
J2EE or .NET?

Don't be REASONABLE

Good points on both sides, I think, but I tend to lean towards Russ's viewpoint, but that could well be 'cos I'm a knee-jerk Microsoft hater.

Russ certainly sparked a lot of debate...

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 01:08 PM
October 25, 2002
Atari Adventure

Showing my age here - I remember The Atari Adventure!

Via Slashdot.

Posted to Toys and games by Simon Brunning at 12:53 PM
Java on the desktop

Rethinking the Java GUI

Perhaps the death of Java on the desktop has been exaggerated? I use (SWT using) Eclipse and (SWING using) jEdit every day. Certainly, Eclipse feels much snappier, and looks better, so I'd chose SWT over SWING where possible, but both are quite usable.

Via vsbabu.org.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 12:48 PM
October 23, 2002
WDSc's Visual Editor

Comparing WebSphere Studio Application Developer with VisualAge for Java -- Part 3: Using the New Visual Editor

VaJ is dead, long live Eclipse!

I'll get to play with WDSc soon, but I'll probably keep vanilla Eclipse around too - WDSc is based on Eclipse 1, so the Java Editor isn't going to be as good as the one in Eclipse 2. Also, many plug-ins target Eclipse 2.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 01:52 PM
aqTree2

aqTree2: explorer-style trees from unordered lists

What a cool little widget!

JavaScrip, yes, but everything still works with JavaScript off, so that's OK. Honest.

Posted to Website construction by Simon Brunning at 01:41 PM
Java Persistence Frameworks

Java Persistence Frameworks, again

Sheesh, this all looks complicated!

I'm looking for a persistance framework for a project if my own in the near future. David's post just makes me realize how little I know....

At work, we are using raw JDBC. I've been an RDBMS man for over a decade now, so JDBC 'fits my brain'. But it's time to learn to do persistance the OO way, if only so that I can make informed decisions. But which framework to choose?

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 01:39 PM
October 21, 2002
Language popularity in Open Source

UseTheSource has compiled some interesting statistics as to the popularity of various languages in open-source development, using Freshmeat and Sourceforge as the, uh, sources for his stats.

See the Freshmeat statistics here, and the Sourceforge statistics here.

No real surprises here. C, C++, and Perl are all very big. Python is number six in both lists. VB is nowhere, whereas I think that in the commercial world, VB is big. But then, surely no one uses VB by choice, and contribution to OSS projects is usually voluntary.

Posted to Open source by Simon Brunning at 03:21 PM
Dudley Earthquake Appeal

Dudley Earthquake Appeal. Three areas of historic and scientifically significant litter were disturbed.

Posted to Funny by Simon Brunning at 01:13 PM
Chandler

Software idea may be just crazy enough to work reports on Mitch Kapor's Chandler, a cross platform open-source PIM which might just be able to go toe-to-toe with Outlook.

Mitch Kapor designed Lotus Agenda about a million years ago.

Sound's like it's written (at least partly) in Python, too. Now that is cool!

Via Techdirt.

Update: Yup, it's in Python - see the technology page. Could this be Python's killer app at last?

Posted to Open source by Simon Brunning at 12:53 PM
October 18, 2002
GZip for iSeries

Midrange Server has info on getting and using gzip on the iSeries.

Posted to iSeries by Simon Brunning at 01:14 PM
The Fujitsu P2000

The Fujitsu P2000 has got to be the sexiest mini-notebook around.

Including on-board DVD/CD-RW Combo drive, 30GB hard drive, and Wireless LAN.

I can't find one for sale in the UK, but that's OK - I couldn't afford one anyway!

Via Slashdot.

Posted to Science and technology by Simon Brunning at 01:05 PM
Running Tomcat with Apache on Win32

How to Run Tomcat with Apache on Win32.

Instructions for using mod_jk to run Tomcat with Apache on Win32. I need to do exactly this soon, to this is very useful info.

Via Sanjay.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 01:00 PM
October 17, 2002
The Browser will Rise Again

The Browser will Rise Again, according to Paul Prescod.

I'd like to think so. The problem that I have it that HTML's set of controls is so limited.

Java Applets, of course, get around this to some extent, though you certainly can't assume the presence of Swing, so you have to stick with AWT. You still get Paul's big four advantages, but the downloads can be pretty big...

Update 21st October: Browser UIs - is XUL the answer?

Posted to Software development by Simon Brunning at 01:34 PM
October 16, 2002
Java Best Practice

Collected Java Practices. Very good resource, this.

Via dsuspense.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 12:27 PM
October 15, 2002
Why teenagers don't read newspapers

Selling newspapers in a Jimmy Eat World, by Dave Barry.

Posted to Funny by Simon Brunning at 01:10 PM
iSeries roundup
Posted to iSeries by Simon Brunning at 12:50 PM
Python 2.2.2

Python 2.2.2 is out.

If you are using Python 2.2, upgrading is a no-brainier, since 2.2.2 is 100% backward compatible.

Posted to Python by Simon Brunning at 12:37 PM
October 11, 2002
Commons Lang

Commons Lang 1.0. The standard Java libraries fail to provide enough methods for manipulation of its core classes. The Lang Component provides these extra methods.

Via Jakarta News.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 03:38 PM
Ravioli Code

The Complete Pasta Theory of Software.

Via The Fishbowl.

Hmmm. My current system is probably tortellini code - components, but some are too large to swallow. ;-)

Posted to Software development by Simon Brunning at 01:24 PM
Teaching Java the Extreme Way

Teaching Java the Extreme Way - a good intro to test-first programming.

Java examples and tools are used, but the technique is applicable to any environment.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 01:19 PM
October 09, 2002
Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture

The 2002 Ig Nobels have been announced.

BBC coverage.

Posted to Funny by Simon Brunning at 04:50 PM
CVS and Windows

Real developers use CVS. We all know it. VSS is for girls.

Darren suggests some good CVS software for Windows.

Posted to Software by Simon Brunning at 01:40 PM
Primitive types and objects

The Fishbowl's Java Peeves.

I totally agree with, uh, whatever The Fishbowl's author's name is on the primitive types and objects issue. This is being fixed in Python. I can't see Java changing so fundamentally in the near term, though.

Exceptions haven't caused me too much of a problem, but I can see his or her point. Still, it's just another one of those lots-of-boilerplate things that irritate me about Java.

Closures? Hmmm, well, useful at times, but you'd get most of the same benefit if methods were to be first class objects.

Also recently at The Fishbowl: The StringBuffer Myth and Six Rules of Unit Testing. Both worth a read.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 01:15 PM
October 08, 2002
Digester

Digester is a component for building live Java objects from XML. As Darren says, dead handy for config files.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 02:44 PM
249 PC

Evesham bundles Lindows on 249 PC

249, including VAT! No monitor, but then most of us have spare monitors lying around...

VIA C3 processor and the VIA Apollo PLE133 integrated chipset, 40Gb Hard disk, 256MB DRAM, CD drive, modem and mouse. Don't know how fast this is, but for the money, it sounds a decent spec.


Comes with Lindows. Nothing to stop you putting the Linux distribution of your choice on it, though. Naturally, no one would even think of putting a pirated copy on Windows on it. ;-)

Posted to Science and technology by Simon Brunning at 01:09 PM
October 07, 2002
Scripting Java Applications

Anthony Eden has some interesting things to say on the subject of scripting Java applications.

Naturally, there are loads of options available for scripting Java apps, and choosing the right one can be difficult. Unless you are a Python bigot, like me, in which case the answer is obvious. ;-)

The Bean Scripting Framework (BSF) looks fascinating, though. BSF is a scripting framework which allows you to use any one of a number of languages to script your Java app, of which Jython is only one.

We are hoping to get Anthony over to talk at Python 2003 on scripting Java applications with Jython.

JPublish looks interesting, too.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 02:01 PM
b3ta

Found on b3ta:

Posted to Apropos of nothing by Simon Brunning at 01:34 PM
Tips for Pragmatic Programmers

I have The Pragmatic Programmer, naturally, but I didn't realise that the Quick Reference Guide was on-line.

Via Sanjay.

Posted to Software development by Simon Brunning at 01:05 PM
Die, bastard spammers, die!

Include this link on your page.

Via Brett Morgan.

Posted to Website construction by Simon Brunning at 12:56 PM
PyPerSyst

I have mentioned Prevayler before. Now Patrick K. O'Brien is building a Python version - PyPerSyst.

I remain a little dubious about the approach used by Prevayler (and PyPerSyst), but I'll be very interested to see the results.

Posted to Python by Simon Brunning at 12:51 PM
October 04, 2002
Arrrgh! My eyes!

Ow!

Via Blogjam.

Posted to Funny by Simon Brunning at 04:38 PM
XML and RPG

A friend of mine needs to process some XML on the '400 with RPG. I pointed him at these:

Good luck, Paul!

Posted to iSeries by Simon Brunning at 02:33 PM
The History of the Tilde

The History of the Tilde

Posted to Apropos of nothing by Simon Brunning at 02:18 PM
How do I loath thee, VB? Let me count the ways

The worst has happened - I have to learn VB, so that I can look after some VB scripts that we use as part of our build process while our VB-head, Mark, is on honeymoon.

Then I come across this - Thirteen ways to loathe VB. Cancel the wedding, I say.

Actually, it's not quite as bad as all that. I'll get to teach everyone Python in return, and I'm confident that it will be well received. I reckon that I'll base the training on the first three chapters of Dive Into Python, then wing it on some more advanced topics. See what people are most interested in - COM, GUI building, regular expressions, web programming, Jython/Java integration, DB-API, that sort of thing.

Update 8th October: Mike Mitchell defends VB, and Verity Stob kicks the shit out of it again.

See also - Microsoft kicks the shit out of VB - VB.NET incompatibilities with VB 6.

Posted to Software development by Simon Brunning at 12:57 PM
A whole bunch of Java articles...

Plenty of new stuff today:

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 12:48 PM
October 03, 2002
Slightly Less Common Latin Phrases

Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?

Via rebelutionary.

Update 7th October: I don't know if Handy Latin Phrases was created before or after the other page - they are clearly strongly related. But the BBC page has Ita erat quando hic adveni (It was that way when I got here) which might have to become a team motto.

Update: Ita erat quando hic adveni is now the team motto.

Posted to Funny by Simon Brunning at 01:26 PM
October 02, 2002
Minimalist GNU For Windows

Minimalist GNU For Windows - GCC for Windows, basically.

Also on the MinGW site is MSYS, a command shell.

Might make a good companion to the Unix utilities for Windows.

Posted to Software development by Simon Brunning at 04:38 PM
Slashdot quote of the year

Slashdot quote of the year

Posted to Funny by Simon Brunning at 04:31 PM
Quantum Eclipse Plug-in

My friend Jay Graves pointed out Quantum to me. It's a nice simple database access plug-in for Eclipse.

Built-in iSeries support!

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 02:55 PM
October 01, 2002
The Extreme Tuesday Club

The Extreme Tuesday Club.

Can't make today - tube strike. Besides, I have a Python UK 2003 committee meeting this Thursday, and a Python UK booze up next Tuesday, and there is only so much geek-boozing that a man can take!

Posted to Software development by Simon Brunning at 02:05 PM
JDK 1.4 Class Diagrams

JDK 1.4 Class Diagrams. Nifty!

Via Erik.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at 01:48 PM
Life in the outer Solar System?

Life may swim within distant moons

There is something poetic about this to me.

I suspect, though, that we won't find out one way or the other in my lifetime, given our current rate of exploration.

Posted to Science and technology by Simon Brunning at 01:14 PM