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Testing

As the year draws to a close, I wanted to give everyone a heads-up about some of the Wakaleo training sessions already lined up for 2010. The next big training dates are in Europe - in collaboration with Skills Matter, I will be running the Java Power Tools Bootcamp in London (February 15-19) and Paris (February 22-27), and then in Wellington in March (March 22-26). I'm also lining up sessions...
on Dec 21, 2009

EJB

NetBeans 6.8 released coordinated with GlassFish v3 today. NetBeans 6.8 can be considered a fine step ahead of NetBeans because Sun is officially supporting the NetBeans RCP platform as a product from now on. NetBeans 6.8 features are as follow: Java Enterprise Edition 6 support Web Projects with JavaServer Faces 2.0 (Facelets) JavaFX 1.2.1 support Kenai.com: Connected Developer Full support...
on Dec 17, 2009

Tools

In the past weekend I've been able to improve the settings for automated Maven releases that I've blogged about about ten days ago. Peter Mount complemented the information with some practical examples on how to use that stuff invoking Maven with the proper parameters. I've been able to significantly clean up and improve the Maven configuration, so now a staged release can be performed...
on Nov 9, 2009
After the latest upgrade of my Hudson instance, I noticed that a new option in the security matrix appeared: it allows anonymous visitors to have a (read only) look at a job configuration, if the administrator allows it. I think it's a great feature (that I was asking for some months ago), as it allows to share our knowledge about our favourite CI tool. So I've opened most of my jobs and you can...
on Nov 9, 2009
As a programmer, I spend a lot of time fixing bugs. And a considerable portion of that is the time spent on reproducing a problem. Here is how a typical such session goes. Your user reports that your program doesn't work and throws such and such exception. Or given the symptom he's describing, you suspect some "if" statements to be evaluating to false. If you are lucky and experienced,...
on Nov 8, 2009
Today I've made some improvements with my Mercurial + Maven + Hudson setup - and reached a new level of karma, being able to do automated releases. Let's go in order. First let me recap what happens with the Maven release plugin (mvn release:prepare release:perform) and Mercurial: A check is performed that there are no uncommitted changes and a build is performed as a validity proof. All the...
on Oct 29, 2009
I'll be doing a webinar and Q&A sessions on Hudson tomorrow. One of the problems of doing a presentation for the general audience is that I normally can't spend too much time on the advanced topics. So in this webinar, I'll be talking about several topics that are oriented more toward people who have already evaluated Hudson and/or are already deploying Hudson. The topics include:...
on Oct 13, 2009
One of the awesome things about Hudson is the sheer number of plugins available. In fact, if you use Hudson, make a habit of checking out the list of available plugins every month or so - there's bound to be something new that you could use! In this article, I explore two relatively new ones: the Setenv plugin and the Description Setter plugin. The Setenv plugin Many build scripts use environment...
on Oct 6, 2009
During my last years before getting the master degree, I have been working at a free flight simulator. It run under DOS and was named FGFLY. It was written in C++, initially Borland C++ and later Watcom C++, in order to use a memory extender to bypass the infamous 640k limit. At the time I just was a student able to earn a few money with programming, and couldn't allow to spend a lot in hardware...
on Sep 18, 2009
Java Power Tools Bootcamp sessions are coming up fast in Sydney and Wellington - come see what the buzz is about! For those in Europe, sessions are scheduled for Paris and London and in February next year. The Java Power Tools bootcamps provide a great way to give your Java development a boost and introduce some kick-ass tools, techniques and tricks into your daily development routine. This...
on Sep 14, 2009
At JavaOne 2009, Sun demonstrated a new JavaFX designer tool. You can even view the demo online. To shortcut right to the section that shows the tool, move to about 23:00 minutes into the video. There are obvious questions that are not answered. So obvious, in fact, that I'm slightly baffled that I can't yet find an answer: Where is this new tool? Is it a standalone tool separate from...
on Jun 10, 2009
As I mentioned in my previous blog, the guys over at IntelliJ are working hard on getting Java EE 6 support in, including JSF 2. It's now available as part of an Early Access Program, and is available for download. As a very early release, so expect bugs - but this is still exciting news.
on May 26, 2009

Deployment

With the newcomer Vaadin module I updated the Arena Project script to support builds on Windows platform. Not a big deal in terms of configuration but it is worthy a notification in case you had tried to build the project before and got frustrated with the Platform Classifier restricted to the UNIX-family. Why to use Platform Classifiers? The lack of a good Maven support for the Glassfish...
on Nov 9, 2009
In this two part article, I will explain how to configure a web application built with Maven to support "branding", or skinning. That is, support different distribution skinned with particular images, logo, background, text. In the end we just want to keep separated the static contents and choose the right set when we package our application so that the result is a war with just the...
on Nov 7, 2009

Mobility

Entry posted to my new blog.
on Oct 23, 2009
Update: JavaFX Mobile development now also available for Mac OS! Caveat when using NetBeans 6.7.1: After installing NetBeans 6.7.1 with JavaFX you should be able to build and run JavaFX applications on the Windows Mobile EA just fine. However, NetBeans 6.7.1 prompts you update JavaFX though the update center. Do not perform this update as there is an incompatibility between this update and the...
on Jul 27, 2009

Programming

When I started the mavenization of my projects, in July, I really didn't figure out that it would have been such a painful and long process. It is literally consuming me - also because I'm longing to see the end of the conversion, so I can resume the development. The first mavenized projects, BetterBeansBinding, jrawio and Mistral, were reasonably easy, also considering that I had to...
on Sep 25, 2009

Databases

If you are reading this blog it means you want to use JasperReport with dynamically programmatically generated images. An example of such use cases in generating complex charts using JFreeChart and then including these charts into reports. Each report in JasperReport uses a datasource to populate the fields, we need to use JRBeanCollectionDataSource which can be considered as a simple collection...
on Sep 21, 2009

Community

I'll be leaving the bay area on Monday to give a talk about Hudson in JavaZone 2009. The talk will include both the general introduction of Hudson, as well as some of the advanced topics. Europe has a lot of Hudson adoptions (possibly better than in the U.S.), so I'm hoping to meet with many of Hudson users and developers there. I'll be back next Friday. I was hoping to take a few days off in...
on Sep 4, 2009
Bonjour, Comment Java? This coming Thursday(08/27/09) 'll be at GooglePlex (Mountain View) for an Eclipse Day...The entire genda is at http://wiki.eclipse.org/Eclipse_Day_At_Googleplex_2009. 2 presos seem to be very interesting so far: OSGi for Eclipse Developers Deploying Successful Entreprise Tools and possibly others...The Google crowd is impressive. There is a waiting list for people who...
on Aug 24, 2009