Archive for June, 2009

meet the experts @ codecentric

Sunday, June 28th, 2009 | Java, Reviews, Tech-savvy | No Comments

“meet the experts” – that is the title of a great series of small highly specialized conferences organized by my company codecentric. The goal is to bring together experts to share their knowledge and experience, followed by a so called open space, where everybody can start discussion groups about a related topic – experts included. Share your thoughts with the guys who are the top notch players – you don’t get a chance like that at a “normal” conference.

The first event (focus on performance) is over and it was great! My colleague Rob was faster than me in writing his review and I basically share his experiences (Kirk Pepperdine talks on performance and his history lessons on “community driven” eclipse as well as Toplink vs. Hibernate, Heinz Kabutz talks about performance as well, Crete and why he refused to play Guitar Hero, Alois Reitbauer talks about the Titanic from a software development POV and assures the audience a few times “This is not a sales presentation”). So go on and read Rob’s blog post about the event. More are to come, so make sure you keep any eye on the meet the experts web site and join in for one of the next sessions, they sure will be great experiences as well. The next event will be about agile software development, which will be a topic with highly esoteric open space sessions to come. I am really looking forward to this event and share my experience with other pros.

Last but not least: catering was first class and the event went on till late with not everybody going home sober. A great event off the beaten track! Thank you, codecentric.

Check out the slideshow at flickr!

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Speedtesting my a$$

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 | IDE, Tech-savvy | No Comments

I just moved into a new flat and as soon as my provider got me hooked up again I was keen on measuring the DSL speed I pay for. I tried a few so called speed tests, but they gave me awkward results.

There is a way to test the speed of your connection that worked for me. Download a recent release of eclipse (Galileo was just released) using a BitTorrent client. Whoooha, full throttle at the expected download rate. Now I am assured that I really get what I pay for.

I’ll never try to use some speed testing websites again… what a waste!

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eclipse builds automatically, again

Saturday, June 20th, 2009 | IDE, Java | No Comments

As I wrote in my previous post “eclipse doesn’t want to build – at least not automatically“, the “Build Automatically” feature of the eclipse IDE got disabled from time to time for no obvious reason. After googling a little bit I found a bug in the m2eclipse plug-in and tried working with an updated version. No more problems occurred after the update. If you experience the same oddity try updating your m2eclipse plug-in to the latest version. Cheers!

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San Francisco – JavaOne 2009 and surrounding areas

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 | Java, Misc | No Comments

JavaOne 2009 is over and after meeting up with some fellow co-workers from a codecentric partner (dynaTrace – Hi to Andreas and Alois! We had an awesome time together 🙂 ) we decided to team up and explore the San Francisco area together. We’ve been to the north (Sonoma, Napa) and south (Half Moon Bay west coast till Santa Cruz). Enjoy the ride!

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San Francisco – where is that frickin’ bridge?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 | Java, Misc, Tech-savvy | 1 Comment

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