Update to DecentXML

30. July, 2008

I’ve updated my XML parser. The tests now cover 97.7% of the code (well, actually 100% of the code which can be executed; there are a couple of exceptions which will never be thrown but I still have to handle them) and there are classes to read XML from InputStream and Reader sources (including encoding detection).

The XMLInputStreamReader class can be used standalone, if you ever want to read an XML file with the correct encoding.

You can download the sources and report issues in the new Google Code project I’ve created.

Information Management With Zotero

30. July, 2008

I’ve been long looking for a nice tool to manage my vast extra-brain information collection, i.e. the stuff that I don’t want to save in my long term memory. Web snippets, notes, that kind of stuff. All the usual solutions didn’t appeal to me. Either I was locked to Windows or to a single computer or the UI was bad or the feature list lacked some important points.

Zotero to the rescue. This beast is advertised as “Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the web browser itself.”

Which makes sense. I watch most of my information in my web browser, so why no collect it in there, too? The UI is nice, I’m just missing a few features. Also being able to sync with my own server would be nice. But I’m sure that will be fixed, soon. In the mean time, I can at least tag and order my snippets.

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