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Programming

Recently I was in urged to do a web project with the latest and coolest web framework Ruby on Rails. That's just one line of code grabbed from somewhere:       next if entry =~ /^\./ Ruby is said to read like a natural language, but for my eyes this is just a cryptic sequence. Maybe I have the wrong natural language. So to clarify what it means I translated it to some...
on Jul 19, 2010
When reading http://www.eclipsezone.com/articles/what-is-iadaptable/ I got the impression that certain solutions always come back, are quite universal and independant of domain, language or environment. The question here is about getting certain aspects of an object that are not statically declared in a yet typesafe manner. The Eclipse world came up with IAdaptable, as it seems. public interface...
on Feb 26, 2010

Business

How often have I read about cool new technologies where, after all, the programmer can now 'fully concentrate on the business logic'. This meanwhile happens since at least 20 years so I wonder why still anybody does something else than concentrating on the 'business logic'? One reason might be that it always has been a lie. Using any web framework still ends with tracking and analyzing HTTP...
on Mar 4, 2010

NetBeans

I recently got pointed to that link: http://java.dzone.com/news/ant-18-scanning-leaves-171 I read the news with some pleasure reminding me that I still like Ant based builds very much over Maven in many cases. Of course there are a lot of well maintained projects on the web that work very well with Maven. You never know how many enthusiasts-hours have been spent to make that happen. However, in...
on Feb 17, 2010

GUI

In my famous company innoQ I currently have the opportunity to work on a real cool tool: Bundle-Bee. It claims to be able to take any OSGi bundle and distribute the computational load to an ad-hoc grid (e.g. all machines in an office) without special setup or configuration. We just released version 0.5.3 which is still very restricted and far from feature complete - we don't even...
on Jan 28, 2010
Happy New Year folks! In 2002, I wrote a highly specialized, very small Q&D tool for my brother to support him in his oncological doctoral's practice. They are three physicians sharing a common room with some unique ultrasonic device. They needed something showing them at their desk wether the room is available or is currently occupied by somebody else. The name 'dokma' is a German pun....
on Jan 1, 2010