Software Patents – More Harm Than Help

28. June, 2011

James Bessen did another study which shows again that software patents harm more than they help. Abstract:

This report examines changes in the patenting behavior of the software industry since the 1990s. It finds that most software firms still do not patent, most software patents are obtained by a few large firms in the software industry or in other industries, and the risk of litigation from software patents continues to increase dramatically. Given these findings, it is hard to conclude that software patents have provided a net social benefit in the software industry.

“A Generation of Software Patents” by James E. Bessen


Missing m2e?

28. June, 2011

If you downloaded the JEE edition of Eclipse 3.7, you’ll find that m2eclipse is missing.

Don’t worry, it’s part of the Indigo release train. Just install it manually from the Indigo p2 repository:

Links: Oh my god, but where is m2e?



UI Editor With Preview

28. June, 2011

One of the big problems with WYSIWYG editors is that they don’t really cut it. They look good in the beginning but as your experience grows, the editor tends to get in your way of getting things done.

Stackoverflow used an interesting solution: There is a wiki markup editor and a preview which is updated as you type. So you get the best of both worlds: You can see your intention and the result at the same time.

Riena is now following along the same path: They created a preview which updates when you save your UI code. That way, you can quickly see the effect of your changes without stumbling over tedious property editors all the time.