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Blog Archive for fabriziogiudici during May 2007

I've previously said that I'm working with NASA World Wind for Java (also check out Geertjan's blog for more information about integrating World Wind with NetBeans). This is the most recent work, where you can see a trip path painted in purple and photos pinned on the map. The whole thing can be rotated in 3D and zoomed in and out. As soon as I'm able to fix an annoying flickering problem, I'll...
When your application becomes large, and it starts requiring a non-neglectable compilation time, it's high time you profiled your environment. Now, compiling blueMarine on my MacBook Pro requires more than 2 minutes, so I started thinking about tuning the environment. As usual, tuning starts with a measurement. Now, I have to say I believe my MacBook Pro has some problem: sometimes it sits down (...
Paul Buchheit criticized Java imaging APIs as they require "closer to 100 lines of Java" just to do a simple image resizing, that in Python can be done in three lines: i = Image.open("/tmp/c.jpg") i.thumbnail([220, 133], Image.ANTIALIAS) i.save('/tmp/c-thumb.jpg', quality=90) He also criticized the over-use of the factory pattern in Java since it would be part of the stuff that is overly...
The news is circulating since a few days, but I was suprised to not see discussions about it but in a few forums. It should reveal the real Microsoft's attitude towards open source (think of .NET, Mono, SilverLight etc...) - no criticism here, I believe in freedom, including the right of corporates to pursue their own strategies. But when we, weaker or stronger opensource advocates, criticize...
(the title of this blog is related to the one of my previous post...) Geertjan and Ken have started blogging about Nasa World Wind, so it was pretty easy for me to embed it in blueMarine. I actually redesigned my Map module into a Geo module, that can display maps with JXMapViewer as well as 3D sceneries such as NASA's. I think that Geertjan and Ken will keep on blogging on World WInd and as soon...
I don't know whether the expression "Buridan's Donkey" has the same meaning in english as in italian (I've just recenly discovered that the latin "qui(d) pro quo" has nowadays different meanings in english and romance languages). In any case, the history is about a donkey that starved and died since it had a lot of alternate foods to eat and it couldn't decide which was the most tasty to start...
A few days ago I blogged about the way we can now deliver a more robust .deb installation of our application on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. Now that I've released a first non-snapshot .deb package, I ran some more tests and discovered a little quirk. The good thing is that by just downloading a .deb file you can automatically invoke the package installer (and this is the default choice). If for some...
Well, everybody is now thinking of JavaOne, and a lot of people are already in San Francisco. Too bad this year I'm not able to go there, again. But there are other conferences on the horizon. For instance, Jazoon '07 in Zurich. I'll be speaking in a technical session and showing a software demo - and the conference agenda has just been published: 880 - Parallel Computing Scenarios and the new...