An Evernote backed Journal using Vim/Emacs

I journal quite a bit and my holy grail has been using my favorite text editor (Vim or Vim bindings) with Evernote to store the everything in a smart searchable format. Today I stumbled onto a neat little tool that makes … Continue reading 

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Ruth’s Story

Ruth Ann Svihla came into this world screaming and angry on October 30 2011 at 6:57 am. She was and has always been a beautiful, intelligent child that brought us a great deal of joy, but she was born with … Continue reading 

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Rail 3.1 CI setup with Jenkins, Test Unit & SimpleCov on OS X Lion.

I recently had to setup a build server for some rails work I’m doing. Still wanting to support my other projects I setup Jenkins. I ran into several issues. Running Jenkins as a hidden user First I noticed that jenkins … Continue reading 

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The difficult definition of professional software development

Here are some of the contradictory phrases (and a few paraphrases) I’ve overheard used to define what is “good” and “bad” code. Code should always be well commented Maintainable code has unit tests and well named methods therefore needs little … Continue reading 

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Java IoC containers and classpath scanning (or what I’ve been looking for from .NET for months)

Frustrated with the typical way I saw IoC used in Java where every example I found involved thousands of lines of XML and/or Java code to configure Java beans or components.  This is very different than IoC typically used in … Continue reading 

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Anti-Pattern: Too much of your application is about interacting with external resources

Firstly, what am I talking about? Applications that meet some of the following descriptions: Stored procedures with a fair amount of conditional logic or complicated business rules buried in a sub-query (some would argue sprocs at all). Web pages with … Continue reading 

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Project Management in Java: A Confused .NET Developer’s Perspective

When I was first introduced to workplace Java the amount of ways one could define a project appeared to be restrictive, confusing and a point of frequent friction. While those things may all be true, it’s a great deal better … Continue reading 

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MySQL 5 Performance Tuning Toolkit

Recently we’d played with table partitioning and because of the limitations of it and some decisions we’d made a very long time ago we ended up spending a couple of days tracking down hotspots. In the process I picked up … Continue reading 

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Java Dependency Management with Apache Ivy

Not wanting to ditch your already built well working ant scripts for the plugin-centric view of Maven, especially if your project structure doesn’t line up quite right with Maven’s point of view? Enter Apache Ivy which like Maven can automatically … Continue reading 

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Hibernate Connection Pooling: why isn’t the default one for production?

Hibernate unlike NHibernate comes with a variety of connection pooling options. The three primary ones of which I’m aware are Proxool, Apache DBCP, and c3p0 . I myself have only so far used c3p0 and it works quite well having … Continue reading 

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