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Blog Archive for johnsmart during December 2008

When organisations first set up a Continuous Integration environment, distributed builds are often fairly low down on the list - more in the "nice-to-have" category, or considered too advanced to look at initially. However, distributed builds are actually more than just a "nice-to-have" - once you start using them, they become quite addictive! There are two main scenarios where distributed...
The Java Power Tools book has been named a finalist in the 2008 JOLT Awards! The JOLT awards have been referred to as the Oscars of the software industry, so it's a huge honour to have been selected in the finalists. Java Power Tools appears in the Technical Books category, along with 4 other compelling high-calibre works, including: High Performance MySQL by Baron Schwartz, Peter Zaitsev,...
This is a short article I wrote for the Devoxx conference, and which appeared in one of the Parlays magazines that was distributed during the conference. The Devoxx conference is a fantastic conference, the European equivalent to JavaOne - if you can ever get to attend one, do so! Yes, I know we already have one, an old one that some teams are using on their projects. It’s a pretty basic...
There is a known bug related to Subversion clients and the Maven Release plugin that can take some time to resolve if you aren't aware of it. Sometimes, when you run the mvn release:prepare operation, you will get a strange Subversion error saying that a file already exists in the repository. This can be either because the release tag _has_ already been created (usually due to human error, such...