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Blog Archive for johnsmart during January 2009

Some of the live presentations from last year's Devoxx conference in Antwerp are starting to be posted on their site. I've had a couple of requests for the slides from the Java Power Tools talk I gave there. So, for anyone interested, here they are. This is the first half - the second half will be posted in the coming days. There are many good tools out there in the...
Java Power Tools figures in Ted Neward's latest article on Essential Java Resources for junior and intermediate Java developers (and even more experienced ones). This article does a great job putting together a collection of the most useful web sites, weblogs, conferences, libraries, books and tools that every developer should know. On the book front, I would also include "Continuous...
Nexus guru Brian Fox, from Sonatype, has published some excellent entries in his blog on the Sonatype site about Nexus, and about Repository Managers in general. In this entry he puts together a great collection of tips and tricks for using Maven with CI. He describes several very useful best practices such as automating your snapshot deployments and purging your snapshots, among others. If you...
One conference that I'm really looking forward to this year is Agile 2009, which takes place in Chicago, August 24 to 28, and is run by the Agile Alliance group. The number of stages and topics covered is absolutely amazing, and there is a very I'm helping out Michael Hüttermann with the Tools for Agility stage, and have submitted a few talks. One of the cool things about this...
In Economics theory, you learn about capital investment. This is investing in more modern infrastructure, more productive factories or tools, and so forth, that let people produce more goods (and/or better quality goods) with the same amount of effort. Countries or businesses that fail to sufficiently invest in capital assets eventually fall behind ones that do, as they are simply less...
Last year, I had a lot of fun delivering the Java Power Tools Bootcamps in all sorts of different places, for all sorts of different organisations, and got a lot of very positive feedback. But people often wanted more. So this coming year, I'll be running them again, but in an expanded and updated form. The 2008 Java Power Tools bootcamps were tailored for organisations trying to get...
I'm not a big fan of social networking tools such as Facebook and the like (they seem like a great way to generate distractions, and I can do that easily enough myself without any extra help ;-)). However, after being invited by a few friends, I've decided to play around with Twitter. You never know, someone might say something interesting. And there are a few interesting things that crop up,...