Archive for July, 2004

The Future Is Bright – Or Not? IronPython is “a fast Python implementation for .NET and Mono“. That should be fun to play with! But I wonder what will happen with this tool: will Microsoft accept the distribution of Windows/.NET applications, built with an Open Source tool and licensed under GPL or another OSL? The fact that the author of IronPython starts working for Microsoft next week could be good or bad news for IronPython – we’ll see that in a few months, I suppose…

Something The World Does Not Need Right Now, but the owner probably would call it “cool”: Surf the net while surfing waves (via BBC News).

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The IDE’s of July. Yesterday and today i tried to find my way in the Mach II framework for Eclipse, using He3 (as in Helium) as an editor. Currently in beta, He3 is a specific version of the Eclipse 3.0 IDE, including specific editors for CFML and Mach II configuration files. It’s not (yet) perfect, but nevertheles a very productive environment, especially if you’re already familiar with all the riches offered by Eclipse.

A few weeks ago, the beta for BlueJ 2.0 came out. BlueJ is an excellent tool if you want to learn Java, especially now that it has been updated with all that Java 1.5 has to offer. And even seasoned Java programmers can benefit from BlueJ, when trying out new tricks or features.

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And Now For Something Completely Different:

Feldbergerhof, April 2004

(The picture dates from April 2004)

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Rats Again. Not only is my iBook still in repair, but now the “working disk” of my G4 has “crashed” – the G4 can no longer boot from it; Disk Utility is incapable of repairing the problems with the Catalog… That means a complete reinstallation.

Luckily, since my previous experience (see NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2003-04-01 and later) I have learned my lesson: I have an second disk in the machine, waiting to be used, and all my data are on a separate Volume (not 100% safe, I know) and on DVD-RAM and CD-ROMs. So, here is all I have to do in order to get the basics back up and running:

  • copy my special Additions folder to the new disk (that’s where I put my personal selection of applications, like SubEthaEditFireFox, and more);
  • copy the ˜/Library/Mail folder and the MailApp Preferences;
  • copy the AddressBook data (I’m still looking for the exact file(s) to be copied);
  • reassemble all the bookmarks in the different browsers I’m using (Safari, Firefox, Camino and Mozilla) – I know, I would have all that if I just copied the ˜/Library/Preferences folder, but first of all: this is a good moment to start those from a clean slate, and secondly: I’m not sure what to do with the access rights…

So yes, the process could probably be made even more speedy and complete (Carbon Copy Cloner seems the most evident solution), but I’m already happy not to be left without a computer!

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Cold And Hot. Since a few days, I can focus again onto the work I’m supposed to do. Currently, that means building an intranet application architecture in Coldfusion (and Java, just for good measure!). So I’m starting to find my way in the new (to me) Coldfusion community on the Internet. An interesting blog there belongs to Sean Corfield, the top IT architect at Macromedia. Sean Corfield also points to two development guides that seem well written and quite usable: the Coldfusion MX Coding Guidelines and the Mach II Development Guide. By the way, the second one is mentioned because Mach II popped up when I tried out cfcUnit, which needs the Mach II framework. And all that was more than enough for a single day at work…

And More. Since I prefer Eclipse to Dreamweaver, I’ll also have a look at the He3 beta, an IDE tailored to Coldfusion (and Mach II) and based on Eclipse…

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It’s Not Exactly Oral History… but it comes quite close to what I was taught about that subject while studying for my history degree. The development of the original Macintosh was and is remains an important milestone in the history of personal computing – even PC aficionados should acknowledge that. Folklore.org has a series of anecdotes about the Mac that are well worth reading, even if it’s only to get a feel of the adventurous, or hacker-ish, spirit that lived in the people who made the Mac happen. I suppose a similar fountain of stories could be told about other (hardware of software) projects – please write them up, ’cause I’d love to read them!

Scripting Languages Day? It must be the position of the stars: today I was confronted with the outcome of not one, but two scripting (sorry, I mean programming) languages that aren’t very mainstream. There’s Python, the language Andy Hertzfeld used to write Folklore.org. And then there’s Ruby. Ruby was used to write Rails, which is the basis of Basecamp (Basecamp is an excentric but very usable form of project management tool, of which I’m very fond).

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World Premiere? “Deutsches Gericht bestätigt Wirksamkeit der GPL”, writes heise online. “Die Kammer teilt die Auffassung, dass in den Bedingungen der GPL keinesfalls ein Verzicht auf Urheberrechte und urheberrechtliche Rechtspositionen gesehen werden kann“. In other words, a German court ruled very explicitly that the GPL is a valid licence, which protects the author(s) of (parts of) a work in terms of intellectual property and copyright (I hope I’m using the correct terms here!).

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