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Blog Archive for johnsmart during February 2009

Common wisdom has it that IntelliJ is unrivalled for Groovy/Grails development. (At least among IntelliJ developers). However, sometimes it is good to question common wisdom, and decide for yourself based on real-world experience. So, after some frustrations with the Grails support in IntelliJ, I decided to try out the latest beta version of NetBeans 6.7 with some Grails 1.1-RC projects. My...
This year, Wakaleo is teaming up with SkillsMatter to bring the Java Power Tools Bootcamps to the UK and Europe. The first course is in London from the 6th to the 10th of July. There are lots of tools, techniques and practices that you can use to speed up your development process, at all levels. But sometimes it's hard to know what tools exist, or how best to use them. And it can be...
Last week, I put the 2009 Continuous Integration poll online. However, at one point, I started to notice some major irregularities in the voting patterns - in short, some unscrupulous voters where apparently attempting to skew the results in their favour. This poll is intended to be an informal survey of real CI usage patterns, to help users learn what tools other people are using in the...
(Probably) more representative than an African election! With all the scientific rigour of an 8th grade science lab! Guaranteed to accurately represent the opinions of at least 100% of the people who voted! It's the 2009 Wakaleo Continuous Integration poll! Last year, Hudson was the clear winner, with 230 out of the 584 votes. Coming in second and third were CruiseControl and...
If you are a Java developer considering a new web development project, you may well be tempted to try out Grails, one of the most promising new frameworks to hit the Java development scene over the last few years. And you would do well! But, as we all know, book learning and online tutorials can only take you so far. If you are interested in learning about Groovy and Grails in more depth, and...
In February 2009, a series of bushfires devastated many towns in Victoria, Australia, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless. These fires constitute the worst natural disaster in Australia's history. Wakaleo Consulting is based in New Zealand, but has many valued friends in Melbourne and Victoria, and in Australia in general. All Wakaleo staff extend their deep sympathy, compassion and...
I just reinstalled a fresh version of Eclipse onto my workstation. I switch between IDEs a fair bit, depending on what I am doing. Eclipse is great for Maven work, mainly because of the m2eclipse plugin that just keeps getting better and better. IntelliJ, on the other hand, is king when it comes to Groovy and Grails. Here, I will run through how I typically set up my Eclipse environment. So,...
And now, a word from our sponsor... The Early-Bird discounts for the upcoming Java Power Tools Bootcamps in Sydney, Wellington and Melbourne finish at the end of February, so don't miss out! The 2009 Java Power Tools bootcamps are a great way to improve your development skills in a range of areas that will come in useful no matter what Java technologies you use. I've been getting very...
An emerging innovation in unit testing is the idea of Continuous Unit Testing, or having your unit tests run in the background whenever you modify your code. In this approach, whenever you save your code, the appropriate unit tests are executed in the background. This avoids the problem of committing changes with broken tests just because you forgot to run the appropriate tests before committing...
And here is the second half of the Java Power Tools talk at last year's Devoxx conference in Antwerp. There are many good tools out there in the world of Java development - the trick is to get them all to play together well. In this session, we will go through the key steps involved in automating a typical Java build process using Maven, Hudson and a large cast of...