Weird Ways of Working

I was gone all weekend on a wonderful camping trip, hence the radio silence. Today I’m back in the saddle, and faced with an annoying situation with my home setup. I’ve come to the conclusion ‘yawl’ just can’t cut it as a development host. I had no idea that Pentium 4 CPU’s were such garbage.Read More

Coconut gets a facelift

Ever since I first wrote Coconut, the web interface to CONGO, I’ve been using the same stylesheet. It was really my first foray into stylesheet-driven design and layout, and while it was a good first try, it was ugly as sin. Last night I finally sat down to rewrite the stylesheet into something reasonably attractive.Read More

Dear Intarweb…

Somewhere, back in the mists of UI design, some bright light came up with the idea of making options in an application or desktop environment selectable by using a mouse to point at a menu along the top of a work area, clicking on the menu, and having it present more options. This was calledRead More

Deep Breath.

Aaaaand, we’re back. What an insane couple of days. There’s a whole series of posts brewing in my head right now, but I’ll just touch on probably the one that’s most on my mind. Last week, I was in mid-preparation for Ubercon, an awesome gaming convention I regularly work down in NJ. CONGO has beenRead More

Thank you Sun and Ubuntu!

… and the cast of thousands that made installing a Sun JDK onto Linux as simple as: root@endor:~# apt-get install sun-java6-jdk Reading package lists… Done Building dependency tree Reading state information… Done The following extra packages will be installed: gcc-3.3-base java-common libstdc++5 odbcinst1debian1 sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jre unixodbc Suggested packages: equivs binfmt-support sun-java6-demo sun-java6-doc sun-java6-source sun-java6-plugin ia32-sun-java6-pluginRead More

Updating Jarindex

Grump. I had no idea, but Jarindex was not working at all. Searches were coming up blank. Frustrating, when it’s supposed to be a handy search tool for finding classes in the vast swampland of Jar files out on the net. Anyway, I fixed the indexer, and loaded up Hibernate 3.2 and Jboss 4.2.0 intoRead More

JBoss Release Grumpiness

This is a geek gripe. Particularly for Java programmers. If you’re not doing JEE development, this probably won’t make a lot of sense unless you like seeing open source companies being beaten up for version incompatibilities. Hello, I’m Dave, and I’m a JBoss developer. (Hi Dave…) Until recently, I was quite content with the seriesRead More

Getting a release out the door

It feels good when you finally push a release of a product out the door. The last 2 months I’ve been spending a chunk of time doing updates on Keystone. It’s always fascinating working on code that is pushing 10 years old, seeing things I remember writing during the dotcom boom, and finding other tidbitsRead More