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Blog Archive for cayhorstmann during May 2010

Yesterday, I installed shiny new Ubuntu Lucid Lynx on a shiny new laptop. This morning, I launched a Web Start application, and I got the following screen: Look at the weird font. And the double checkbox. When I continued, my desktop locked up and I had to reboot. Good thing Lucid Lynx reboots amazingly quickly because I went through that for several more times before I finally figured out what...
In my last blog, I outlined how I found the Scala XML library a pleasant solution for unpleasant XML format conversion jobs. In those jobs, I had to completely transform the document from one grammar to another. When you need to make small tweaks to a document, the library a bit more of a hassle. This page by Burak Emir, the author of the Scala XML library, states: “The Scala XML API takes...
A few months ago, I had one of those unpleasant format conversion jobs. I had about 1,000 multiple choice questions in RTF format and needed to import them into Moodle. RTF is, as file formats go, somewhere between the good and the evil. It looks like one should be able to write a parser for it, but that seems like a dreary task. The miracle of open source came through for me, though, in the...