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Some code I wrote – a plugin that’s useful to you if you write Pandoc with Sublime Text. It’s on github but you really want to install it via Sublime Text’s Package Control plugin.

How to explain backend changes that support undelivered features

My current work environment is in a cost-pressured large national transport enterprise with a familiar internationally-recognised brand name. We have to build a lot of systems that model many real-world, highly-regulated, parameters and states. This data is often used to feed into other systems that feed the voracious information maw of an often severely critical […]

Xcode and its inability to handle simple things like renaming a directory

Why is it so damned hard to rename a directory in Xcode? When you open up Xcode and create a new Project, it creates a virtual directory – a “Group” into which your application source files go. If you look at the project with Finder or through the shell you’ll find a directory of the […]

The Frustrated Architect

An interesting set of slides by Simon Brown from a talk he gave about the role of the architect. A PDF is attached to the linked post or you can view the slides online. Wish I had heard the talk (see below). The Frustrated Architect: Software architecture plays a pivotal role in the delivery of […]

case “String” : still FAIL

You know, just because Java is going to gain a switch statement that works on java.util.String still doesn’t make it right. It’s still a code smell for an OO design fail. Although the diamond syntax and lambdas are way overdue (see article). Java is not the new COBOL | Craig Tataryn’s .plan: A switch statement […]

blog link: world–

world– by Robert Merkel at Larvatus Prodeo. Published October 14, 2011 at 09:02AM The technology world has just lost another giant, though one without the towering public persona of Steve Jobs. If you’re not actually a programmer, you’ve probably never heard of Dennis Ritchie. But the vast majority of software you use was built using […]

Dennis Ritchie: The Shoulders Steve Jobs Stood On | Wired Enterprise |

“Jobs’ genius is that he builds these products that people really like to use because he has taste and can build things that people really find compelling. Ritchie built things that technologists were able to use to build core infrastructure that people don’t necessarily see much anymore, but they use everyday.” via Dennis Ritchie: The […]

Spring, JPA/JTA, and multiple persistence units, with view transactions

I have grappled with this topic before. Tonight, after 13 hours of struggle, I finally got my web app perfected in this regard. It all started when I needed to start the Transaction out in the view, i.e. as soon as the resource is opened on the HTTP side (rather than when the database service […]

REST-based architectural style, a big winner

Recently been deeply stuck in building software (apart from starting my PhD part-time). A long time ago I wrote about dynamically loading Spring contexts and component discovery – this system I’ve been building is an evolution of that one. We decided to adopt an most REST-based style to integrate between our components. Now, “run-time” discovery […]

A terrible, terrible Eclipse bug

I found a massive bug in Eclipse – it has a copy and paste function. In Eclipse’s defence, Intellij IDEA and Netbeans also exhibit identical broken functionality.