Archive for May, 2009

San Francisco – first impreshunz

Sunday, May 31st, 2009 | Java, Tech-savvy | 2 Comments

Touchdown! Despite all my concerncs the journey to the US was all pleasant! The people are friendly and everybody seems to be quite relaxed so far. Enjoy a couple of shots from the first day abroad:

Bikers protest against cars in central city

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JavaOne – here we come!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 | Java, Tech-savvy | No Comments

Okay, the headline’s rhyme is quite feeble, I just wanted to express my excitement about attending the JavaOne conference in San Francisco this summer. It’ll be the first time for me, talking about attending the number one Java conference and visiting the US/San Francisco alike.

I’ll take my wife with me to spend a few days after the conference. I wonder what we will be doing after the conference, because I told her to do all the cultural/shopping stuff while I am listening to tech talks. 😀

I guess I’ll just enjoy myself by letting the city impress me:

I’d like to thank my employer codecentric for making this possible! If you want to apply for a job after reading this, please refer my name in your application! :mrgreen:

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eclipse doesn’t want to build – at least not automatically

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 | IDE, Java | 1 Comment

Every once in a while eclipse disables the “Build automatically” setting from the “Project” menu for no obvious reason. This is quite annoying, because sometimes it takes a while before you start blaming your IDE to be the reason for your code not working as expected.

Most often I become aware of the missing “Build automatically” feature while in debugging mode. Normally editing code while in debugging mode makes eclipse drop to the current (just replaced) frame to continue debugging with the recent changes. If the debugger just sits there without dropping – you know the automatically build flag’s most probably gone again …

Right now I am using eclipse 3.4.1, but I experienced this odd behaviour since 3.2 at least. Google told me about a few other people, who experienced the same oddity.

The only thing I found was this bug report from the m2eclipse plugin (which I am currently using) bug tracker:

The bug should be fixed since version 0.9.8 (got released May 1st) – I’ll update my plugin and see whether the problem will be gone. As I cannot force the problem to occur this may take a few days of testing.

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New word: scurvy

Thursday, May 21st, 2009 | Language, Quirks, Vocabulary | No Comments

I came across this one watching “The IT Crowd” (hilarious, don’t miss out on it even if you are only remotely connected to an IT job) – Jen is babbling about herself being the employee of the month, when Roy asks Moss about a former employee of the month, Richmond:

Roy: What ever happend to Richmond?
Moss: He got scurvy! (looking aghast)

Well, I have to admit that I didn’t get the joke, maybe because I am not a native speaker … is scruvy used for kids only? Or is it a word used in a specific situation? Whatever, I just learned a new word … even if it just for my passive vocabulary due to not fully understanding the meaning.

eclipse IDE Subversion integration – Ganymede SR2 still foobared

Friday, May 15th, 2009 | IDE, Java, Tech-savvy | 5 Comments

Today I set up a fresh dev environment, and guess which step made my stray again? Right, the frickin’ SVN connection. I reread my own blog post to set it up, but even though I am (just) using the current service release of the eclipse Ganymede release I am stuck again!

First, the “Subversive SVN Team Provider” URL is no longer provided by the software update process. Come one guys, why are you making the process even worse?

After installing the Subversive plug-in and the SVN Kit connector I restarted the IDE – but I got

Selected SVN connector library is not available or cannot be loaded.

I didn’t dig too deep after that, this issue took away far too much spare time already, so I just installed the whole “Subversive SVN Connectors” tree.  Still no connector available in Window – Preferences – Team – SVN – SVN Connectors. The dropdown list is just plain empty. This is really freaking me out… damn, I just want to work!

After that I installed all the stuff both the SVN Connectors and the Subversive site offered. Still no luck. This sucks big time! I’ll now consult Google trying to find some blog post similar to the one I wrote for the initial Ganymede release.

Okay, done it. Solution: clean install (unpack) of eclipse Ganymede SR2, add both the SVN Connectors as well as the Subversive update sites:

Install (I installed them all at once):

  • Subversive Site => Subversive SVN Team Provider Plugin (Incubation) => Subversive SVN Team Provider (Incubation)
  • SVN Connectors Site => Subversive SVN Connectors => Subversive SVN Connectors
  • SVN Connectors Site => Subversive SVN Connectors => SVNKit 1.2.2 Implementation (Optional)

Restart eclipse. After that I was good to go! Easy when you know how it’s done! 😉 Thanks to Universität Karlsruhe for providing the information. Another hour wasted for no good reason. Anybody tried the brand new M7 of eclipse Galileo already?

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Here we go again!

Saturday, May 9th, 2009 | Misc | No Comments

Finally, I am online again. Almost all my tools where longing for an update, just like a glass of water after a long walk through the desert. It’s been a month of doing different things than dubdubdub-somewhere, klick klick snoooze… but now I am back!

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, I am sitting in front of the computer, been doing this and that for almost an hour now, eating junkfood – g! and I like it! But still, I’ll shut this machine down now. Gotta go play Midnight Club instead, hahaaa! 😀 (I really like being an adult thus having the right to behave like a child. Coke at night? No problemo!)