New theme

31. March, 2010

The old theme was getting, well, old. How do you like the new one?

A new Amiga!

25. March, 2010

Good things take their time. After so many, many sad years, we might see a new computer with the name Amiga. And maybe it will even come with AROS ๐Ÿ™‚

Just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about: Here is the Wikipedia article. Read it now!

Thoughts on agile requirements engineering

24. March, 2010

There is an interesting German article about agile RE: Gedanken รผber agiles Requirements Engineering

Confused by DVCS? Joel can help

22. March, 2010

In his last article, Joel talks how DVCS confused him and how he solved the problem. One sentence in particular should be noted:

these systems think in terms of changes, not in terms of versions.

Still confused? Read his HgInit tutorial to get you up to speed with Mercurial (or any other DVCS because they are all pretty similar at that level).

PS: I prefer Mercurial to Git for twothree reasons:

1. I need a working DCVS, not a toolbox to build one. I prefer it when a smart guy has given all the hidden issues some thought, so I don’t have to.

2. There is a simple, working Windows installer.

3. It’s written in Python.

The Python Module of the Week Blog

17. March, 2010

If you love Python, this blog is for you: Doug Hellmann posts about one Python module every week (PyMOTW). The posts contain lots of real world examples how to use a module. This week, it’s ElementTree.

Extending Tomcat WebappLoader to Share Library jars

16. March, 2010

If you’re like me and use Tomcat and you want to bring down the size of your WAR, you’re faced with one issue: All your applications need to use the same libraries (since there is only a single common/lib for everyone). So you’re either stuck with an old version or you need to upgrade all your apps at the same time. I just can see the budget guys shake their heads.

The solution is a list of directories in your context.xml which contain specific versions of the libraries you need. This way, you can install all the versions you need and each app can pick and choose.

For the complete solution, see the original article: Extending Tomcat WebappLoader to Share Library jars

OSS for teh win! ๐Ÿ™‚

Code Bubbles

11. March, 2010

I’m always interested in new ways to display and edit code. ASCII is soooo tedious.

Code Bubbles is a new approach to cut files into fragments which can be arranged per task.