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Software review: TeXnicle LaTeX editor

TeXnicle is a relatively new free Mac OS X TeX editor. I just had a go at it (for about an hour) to wheedle out some of its basic features and possible flaws. It is of course (i.e. conforms to current trend in LaTeX editors) one of that “all the things in a big window” […]

Instructions: first open the box then read the instructions

I’m using Scrivener to organise my PhD research, and it will end up being used for the first draft of the actual PhD as well. But Scrivener does not have an iPad app, which make a bit of sense.┬áSo I have been looking for an editor that will work with Dropbox (even though its quite […]

The Ordeal of Installing Oracle Service Bus on a Windows-based developer workstation

This is a genuine installation procedure which I wrote, but you might want to read it for its other values. Overview OSB installation in a development environment consists of a completely separate Weblogic instance and yet another ‘special installation’ of Eclipse. You can’t use existing Eclipse installations. Nor is it recommend to use one of […]

JAOO Brisbane 2009 highlights and thoughts

I spent last Monday and Tuesday at the JAOO conference in Brisbane, and I have a couple of things which I want to say I thought interesting. (‘JAOO’ btw, because I see people asking about it on Twitter, is pronounced a bit like “yow” but with the “j” from German/Dutch like “jah”). Firstly, I found […]

Building Oracle 10g portlets in a continuous integration environment

Ignoring all the hints (to use wizards and manual deployments) from the Oracle information as to how to go about creating JSR168 portlets for the Oracle 10g Portal server, we have successfully designed a continuous integration environment for the Oracle portal environment for a client. The Oracle 10g portal server is the old-school Oracle app-server […]

Making Maven work through a web proxy

Client has a vicious network policy installed with prevents access to the rest of the world’s internet, unless you use the web proxy. How to make Maven use this proxy? Well, the documentation for Maven is perfectly easy to search, and you’ll find that it says to add the following to your ~/.m2/settings.xml: <settings> … […]

Upgrading to Maven 2.1.0 on Macintosh OS X

Recently I found a Maven plugin that wouldn’t run under Maven version 2.0.6, and I had to upgrade it on my Macintosh. I quickly discovered the usual *nix upgrade (unpack, then update ${PATH}) didn’t seem to work, as the Macintosh OS X 10.5 comes with Maven pre-installed in /usr/share/ directory. Tip – I found where […]

GUI builders, modern development practices, and vendor lock-in

The Paranoid Engineer has declared ‘Screw All Gui Builders‘, with an excellent example of the genre of code that can be produced by one such tool, contrasted against the much nicer hand-written code. Now I can certainly sympathise with his pain. The thing that really gets my goat up, and the subject of this post, […]

Incremental test running with JUnit Max

Well looks like Joel Spolsky’s ignorant rant about Test Driven Design (TDD) resulted in some good after all. Kent Beck posted a brief response to Joel, which was pointed out in a mailing list discussion about the issue. But that’s not what I wanted to talk about here. Anyway it turns out that Kent is […]