Watch lists trial

posted: 27 Dec 2007

I was going through my inbox tonight when I realised that I am keeping a lot of emails, just because they have links to stuff that I want to look at. They are resources that I might not necessarily want to keep in but I don't want clogging my inbox and I don't yet want to delete. So I have created a feature on bluemini called watchlist. It's basically a link list of things that I want to look at, but as yet haven't had the time to. I don't know how it will progress. Whether I actually use it, I don't know. If I do, then I'll need to figure out some kind of workflow for those links once I've vetted them but exactly what that might be, I don't know.

For now, I have a bookmark shortcut that posts the site url and title to a form that I can edit and send to my database. I also output them to a list if you're interested in seeing the list (sort of) so far. I'll keep you posted how it goes.


Eclipse and Subversion

posted: 26 Dec 2007

I've used the Eclipse IDE for ColdFusion development for a few years in the guise of CFEclipse but in the last year, my invovlement in Java, particularly for web applications, has increased and with Eclipse installed on my desktop already, it seemed a perfect fit to carry on using the same familiar IDE for the Java development as well.

However, we are a big user of Subversion for our version control and I found that I was suffering predictable but unhelpful functionality from the Java build process in Eclipse. The basic problem is that during compilation, particularly a full build, the IDE would strip out the build output folder and then replace it with the freshly comiled contents of my src directory. This has one major flaw when using Subversion; Subversion uses a folder (.svn) and sub folders/files to control the version control information for the contents of that folder, in particular the url into the repository where these files live. During a rebuild, this information was being replaced with the Subversion information from the src folder, including the repository location of the src files. Trying to commit the compiled classes to Subversion (I know, probably not the best thing to do) would result in my compiled classes being pushed at the Subversioned src folder in the repository, this would break Subversion and I couldn't commit anything to the repository.

I Googled this problem and I found one posting about excluding the subversion files during the compilation but no help in how this could be done. But this morning I figured it out and thought I would post it here for my own use and to help anyone else with a similar problem.

The settings can be done either local to a project or globally to the IDE (I chose IDE wide). To do this, select Window from the main IDE menu and then 'Preferences...'. In the left menu expand the 'Java' node and then expand the 'Compiler' node. Now pick on the 'Building' node, this brings up the Building preferences in the main pane and scroll down to the 'Output Folder' section. I modified two settings to make this work for me:

1. Uncheck the 'scrub output folders when cleaning projects', otherwise your .svn and other control files will be removed 2. Enter two (extra) terms to the 'Filtered Resources' text box. '*.svn*, *svn/'. This should stop any svn folders or files from being copied.

Then hit Apply or OK and rebuild your project.


What to implement next...

posted: 11 Dec 2007

Who's got the bug with the coolest plate? I hope they are something to do with development.


'Tis the season

posted: 05 Dec 2007

To be jolly, well that's what the Christmas song says anyway. And I want to thank the pupils and teachers of St Patrick School (somewhere in the North Bay area probably) for spreading a little bit of that joy to the ferry I ride on every morning.

The ferry in question is the Mendocino, one of the Golden Gate Transport's high speed boats that run between Larkspur (Marin) and the city of San Francisco. With the festive season gathering pace, the boat's decorations have followed suit. This morning, the snowman diaramas have been complemented by paper chains, brightly coloured ferry pictures, candy canes, angels, snowmen, stars and trees.

As a non native, I have just one word to say on the subject: AWESOME

(Oh, and thanks)


Fake moon landings

posted: 04 Dec 2007

I just got reminded of this, the most conclusive evidence yet provided that the moon landings of 1960's were just a big hoax.

link to exclusive pictures