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Blog Archive for johnreynolds during April 2005

NetBeans 4.1 Update: Hurrah! NetBeans 4.1 has "fixed" the replace dialog problem that I blogged about last year... Eclipse could limit "search/replace" to the selected text and NetBeans couldn't. The new "Replace" dialog allows you to limit the scope to the selected text: Many thanks to the responsible party. It's a small change, but one which really makes a big difference (to me). On...
I am a big advocate for Process Driven Design. I was disappointed that PD4J didn’t turn out to be all that I had hoped for, but I still believe in (Business) Process Driven Design as the key for delivering solutions that are good for both business users and IT departments. People tend to focus on details. If you approach someone and ask them how to improve an application, they will most likely...
I came across a disturbing factoid this morning: "U.S. students earlier this month made their worst showing in the 29-year history of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest." By pure coincidence, I had a chat last week with a friend who is an adjunct professor at a well known university. For some reason the topic drifted towards discussing the relevancy of computer science...
The current approach for scaling J2EE applications is to cluster application servers. Some really good work has been done and clustering has improved to the point where it's a basic commodity. Even “free” products such as JBoss and JOnAS offer complete solutions that include clustered caches to keep servers in sync. The process of setting up and deploying applications across J2EE...
Every coin has two sides... I recently blogged a lament regarding obstacles to the use LGPL'ed software, but that pales in comparison to Jonathan Schwartz's recent assertion: (the GPL)"exports a form of IP colonialism to nations seeking to create their own means of production.". Here's the other side of that coin: If you are a small software provider, like JBoss for example, the GNU licenses...
My wife and I are not the most practical people in the world. We live in Austin, which is in central Texas, and my wife’s family lives in El Paso, which is as far west as you can go in Texas (El Paso is actually closer to Los Angeles CA then it is to Houston TX). Roughly 500 miles west of Austin and 200 miles east of El Paso there is a desert mountain range called the Davis Mountains. Its...