· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · June
· · · · 20 (3 entries)

NetBeans · I’ve been using NetBeans to inflate the Zeppelin, and you know what, it’s not bad. The Mac integration could be a little better, but a whole lot of things I need to do are one keystroke away. It runs plenty fast enough on the PowerBook (mind you, only a few thousand lines of code so far). JUnit’s right there, which is nice. The debugger makes it a little too hard to to keep an eye on class variables, but aside from that does about what I need; when I was driven to “print” statements the other day I was fighting a complex socket conversation between two machines where one side suddenly started seeing EOFs and I couldn’t even tell which side was wrong, I’m not sure there’s a debugger in the world that would have been much help there. Now all I need is to get Jython integrated, and we’re making progress on that, stay tuned.
Sunbeams, Father’s Day Edition · A few days back, Jeff Dillon pointed out that on the face of it, Google and its ilk are violating the spirit of the GPL. Obvious once you read it. Man-Ching Wong is griping too, but in a mild way about pulling a customer-support shift on the weekend. It’s obvious that a company like Sun must have a ton of people like MC, but this is the first exposure I’ve had, it’s a different world. On the Solaris front, we have Eric Schrock showing cool Solaris tricks that I would have killed for back in my integration-geek days; how the hell do they do that? Then you might’ve heard something about Solaris and Open Source? On that subject Andy Tucker is da man (well, one of ’em anyhow) and he’s wrestling with what Solaris OSS means, don’t miss it. Finally, Norm Walsh has a lovely photo-essay; and if the pictures aren’t enough for you, start poking around a little bit in Norm’s site and read how he does it, maybe you think you’ve ever done deep metadata? Norm’s way ahead of you.
The Guy in the Tank · Lauren asks a real good question: I often wonder what happened to the person driving the tank at Tiananmen Square, the one who didn’t roll over the single protestor standing in the way?
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