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Archive for June, 2007

Not Phoney. It may look like a cheap gadget, riding on the iPhone craze all over the Internet. But for Mac loving web developers and designers, it’s a great way to test your designs on limited screen estate: iPhoney. And with the added features like zooming in the 1.1 version, plus the open sourcing of the project, there’s nothing to stop you to try it out on your favorite web pages.

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Fresh Air. I attended the JavaOne Afterglow, organized by Sun Microsystems Belgium, today, to get an overview of what was announced at JavaOne in San Fransisco a few weeks ago. A busy day: lots of abbreviations, more than a bit of code, a few new things, more details about specs of particular interest – call it fresh air for Java developers. Luckily the venue has an beautiful garden, even in the rain…so I sneeked out a few times to breathe some real fresh air as well.

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A Rainy Pond

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Cynical? I Guess So… But it’s so damn funny too: Asshole driven development. And if you’re a developer, don’t tell me that you have never seen at least one of the methodologies presented in Scott’s blog…

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Perhaps Next Year? “As a RIA that can operate offline and outside the browser, Adobe Digital Editions exemplifies the kind of next-generation application that the Apollo runtime will enable 3rd party developers to create“, explains Adobe itself. I do like the idea of the application: managing an electronic library is a good idea, and ADE does it better than my current “dump ’em on a memory stick” strategy. But ADE isn’t ready yet: to be truly useful, I need such an application on my memory stick, so that I can run it on my Mac as well as on my employer’s PC’s – without losing any functionality, let alone data, of course. Perhaps next year?

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2007-06-22

I Admit It: I succumbed to techno-lust and bought a GPS-device, the Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket LOOX N100. But hey, how many maps can you buy for 149€? And do those maps tell you how to drive when you’re alone in your car? Ah, the excuses we can find if we need them…

[2012-11-20 I had to change the URL from the Belgian Fujitsu product page to the UK PDF manual…]

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2007-06-18

Not Just Another Wiki. Well, of course it is just a Wiki – but for a non-IT public (although some of you might argue that it is precisely very much destined for an IT-minded public): Jedipedia. Das Star Wars-wiki (in German).

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2007-06-15

For Gadget Lovers. A classic in the genre: Cool Tools is indeed a fine compilation of … cool stuff.

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Roll On. JRuby is out. I have always wanted to try out the Ruby language as well as Ruby on Rails, the web application framework. As someone pointed out, having JRuby around means that there must be a way to grab the generated Java code and deploying that as a WAR ile to any Java application server. Just that feature alone might be what’s needed to make Rails apps even more popular – especially within enterprises that are not so fond of anything but Java apps on their servers. So here’s what neede to get started on that path: Get JRuby onto the Rails on Mac OS X.

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Surprise? Apple Inc. is now making software for PC’s, too: Safari 3 Public Beta. The World’s best browser. Now on Windows too.

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Ajax Will Need This. Web Design Patterns are not yet mainstream resources for developers and designers, and to put it bluntly: a lot of so-called Web 2.0 applications could use some advice on the subject. Luckily some excellent information is already available, but not always targeted speicifically to web sites or applications:

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2007-06-09

Why Didn’t They Think Of This Sooner? On the eve of the parliamentary elections in Belgium, there’s a sudden panic about the reliabilty and security of electronic voting – mostly from parties in the southern half of the country, where electronic voting is still the exception. If these parties really wanted to do something about it, why did they wait until now? There is an organisation in Belgium that fights for the reestablishment of a non-electronic voting process: www.vooreva.be. I can see their point, but I’m certain there must be a way to make electronic voting as transparant and democratic as a paper vote (or better: remember the Bush election?).

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Not So Thin. Like many web developers, I thought that Google’s Web Toolkit was the first Ajax kit where you write your UI in Java. But today I found ThinWire, a project which has gone the open source road about a year ago, after having been used for an extensive period (more than a year, if I’m to believe the blog) within the company that sponsored its development. I haven’t tried it, and I’m not sure I like the visual part of it, but it certainly looks good from a technical point of view: you can use all the possibilities and libraries of Java and still get a web app out of it. That’s worthy of further investigation.

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“Chiclets”? Old? OK, so my “icebook” isn’t exactly new, but it still serves me faithfully. 640 Mb of RAM is enough for OS X; it runs all the Java server apps I throw at Geronimo; and travels with the family on holiday for occasional web surfing and daily photo handling in iPhoto. What more can you want?

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