Some free resources for source control & build management tools that I use regularly:
- Git http://progit.org/
- SVN http://svnbook.red-bean.com/
- CVS ( for posterity :) http://cvsbook.red-bean.com/
- Maven http://books.sonatype.com/mvnex-book/reference/index.html
I've always wondered what the differences were and someone has gone through a TDD explanation - nice! :)
Incidently, using the @Resource + mappedName attribute is a nice shortcut to map to JNDI properties.
yay - word wrap in eclipse editors! :)
Someone recently asked me for some advice on resources for Python so I thought I'd write up a list :)
- http://www.python.org/ - the obvious source
- http://www.jython.org/ - python implemented on top of the JVM giving you the best of both worlds
- http://www.diveintopython.net/ - an excellent free book for programmers who know other languages already
And here's what I use to write code in python:
- good ol http://www.vim.org/ and the command line :)
- http://pydev.org/ - eclipse based
- IDLE which comes in the download
happy python'ing =)
A couple of freeware or cheap high productivity tools if you're stuck in windows =)
- Launchy - launch any application with a keystroke
- BBLean - replace the boring shell with a port of blackbox from *nix
- Lookout - fast search in outlook
- Servant Salamander - powerful 2 pane file manager
- Winmerge - merge and diff tool
- Kitty - replacement for putty
- Vim or Textpad for basic file editing
- Corkscrew for ssh tunneling through your http proxy at work :)
There's probably others that I use which I can't remember off the top of my head but these are my favorites.
My buddy Will Iverson had recommended this book to me a while back and I really enjoyed reading it. Each chapter goes best with your favorite drink, ideally the one that the chapter is talking about :)
I've been working on a command line java app at work which is part of a cron based batch process which updates some data between systems. Using maven, spring and mybatis means that I had the framework up and running within a couple of hours to pull data from backend DBs and output a file with some data.
Then I ran into a problem when I wanted to package it all up as a jar file which could be run directly from the command line via cron. The tricky part is in packaging up all the jars that are included as part of spring, mybatis, etc. and be able to run them in a way that they are all available on the classpath without munging each other.
Well, OneJar to the rescue! Everything packaged up all nice and neat. Just run 'mvn package' to get the jar and then use the usual 'java -jar app.jar' to run it. Works like a charm. Even has a Maven plugin to minimize the work needed to get it up and running.
Looks like a couple more inches fell last night. We're upto almost a foot now methinks. Here's a couple of snapshots. Time to stay indoors, drink hot drinks and prep for that major software release tomorrow :)
Day 1 of the snowmageddon. Around 8" so far outside with more expected tomorrow. Supposed to be as bad as '96 - I remember snow drifts as tall as the house back then when we lived further up north :)
We practice Continous Delivery at Dynacron. That's the main reason why we've been able to push out a lot of new functionality for the last few months at a major local healthcare customer at a steady clip via a fairly automated deployment process which enables deployments anytime.
Dynacron has a free seminar if you're interested in learning more:
We've been using TeamCity at work for a while now and it's working out as well as Hudson, etc. It has some really nifty integration features available via an eclipse plugin ( netbeans, idea, etc are also supported I believe). Love the remote run functionality!
Happy New Year!!!
I hope the new year brings you lots of joy & happiness! 2011 certainly brought us a lovely bundle of joy =)
boy the last few months have been a blur! baby + work == no time for other things. It's been a very busy & productive year so far. Gonna try to find the time to post random things on here.
Speaking of which, read a really cool book recently - Rogue Warrior, who was the founder of seal team 6.