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Michael Nielsen

Michael Nielsen is a full-time software developer/manager, part-time consultant/instructor, working in Java development since, well, the beginning. Promoting cross-platform solutions, open source & usability.


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NetBeans 6 - my first 24 hours

Posted by michael_n on December 5, 2007 at 2:14 AM PST

My first 24 hours with NetBeans6.0 (final). I'm going to color a little outside the lines here, and soapbox a bit about "tools I use" (in NetBeans). Specifically: Spring 2.5, "vim", and Maven2.

arrival of the 2.0's, tech term musings

Posted by michael_n on November 12, 2005 at 10:35 PM PST

So... I've been out of town (& country, actually) for the past couple weeks, & am just now catching up on news & events. These days, I go for weeks at a stretch practically incommunicado (traveling, work), which makes time move at a strange (Vonnegut-esque) pace / direction.

cross-platform (er, ide) challenges

Posted by michael_n on September 26, 2005 at 11:49 PM PDT

Once again, a company (to remain nameless... in fact, let's call this a hypothetical situation) made a broad, sweeping decision to commit all of its in-house developers to a single IDE platform for all internal development. Let's just say that it's either Eclipse or Netbeans. (No need to get all holy-[ide]-war in this post; that's not the point.)

another "future of java" entry

Posted by michael_n on July 6, 2005 at 1:18 AM PDT

These are kinda fun threads, where people can take a break from lengthy involved religious discussions on such topics as "Are Generics Bad?" (A: only if you use them) and/or "Does .Net have a future?" (A: yes, but not in computing).

Maven & multiple source trees

Posted by michael_n on May 9, 2005 at 2:43 AM PDT

I had heard recently from someone, yet again, that "contorting" maven to allow for multiple source directories was inconvenient, if not an outright chore.

GPL vs LGPL vs Invention rights

Posted by michael_n on April 29, 2005 at 4:04 PM PDT

Well, as most the audience of can probably attest, starting a new position w/ a new company is more akin to an initiation than orientation. (Also the cause for my recent blogio silence.) After the first week, I finally got the paperwork done to gain access to the forms I need to start the paperwork.

Hello, Ogg

Posted by michael_n on April 24, 2005 at 10:22 PM PDT

Recently there've been a couple posts on the future of JMF (or lack thereof), and subsequent (and informative) post (and comments) arguing that future developments in media should support of MPEG-4 ; in particular,

new vocabularies for new problems

Posted by michael_n on April 18, 2005 at 1:44 AM PDT

Increasingly, I feel like being a good, responsible Java developer no longer means merely being able to write solid code in Java, but rather increasingly it means knowing when not to program in Java. And that's a lot more work.

Y2K, redux?

Posted by michael_n on April 12, 2005 at 3:07 AM PDT

A story on NPR this morning about
congress wanting to expand U.S. daylight-saving time by two months (to help reduce energy consumption) made me wonder.... Don't you think this will affect any running systems?

Moving away from build.xml (and towards Maven2)

Posted by michael_n on April 11, 2005 at 4:17 AM PDT

A little background: At a conference some time ago (ommitting details, protecting innocents), a self-proclaimed Java / Open Source advocate Speaker was commenting on his build process: with a gleam of pride in the eye, he described a complicated (and "cool") system of symbolic links to keep things organized and current. End users?