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Alan Green Writes

Published: 2008-03-03T22:55:02+00:00


Java Nerd-Shirt


Charles is getting together a bunch of T-shirt slogans for Java nerds. Here's what I'd put on mine: dup iadd iconst_0 ior Groovy That'll ramp up the nerd quotient of just about any gathering on the face of the Earth.

Lies, Damn Lies and Dam Statistics


Apparently, weve had a lot of rain lately. The water board reckon that it hasnt made much difference: Warragamba Dam had received just 30 millimetres of rain since Friday, a spokeswoman for the Sydney Catchment Authority said. The rainfall weve had...

Phase Playlist Sync Bug


I recently downloaded the game Phase for my shiny new iPod Nano and immediately hit a bug synchronizing the Phase playlist. If you just want to know how to solve the bug, skip down two paragraphs while I tell everyone else about Phase. Phase is one ...

Give me the damn source!


After taking a much-needed break, Im back programming Java. Much to my surprise, Im enjoying it. However, there is still one wound that time hasnt healed: JAR files without source. Oh, the hair Ive pulled out, staring at Javadoc, trying to divine wh...

Ruby for Java programmers


My good friend Keith says hes not starting a language war, but he wants to tell Java programmers whats so great about Ruby. So here are the reasons: Generally speaking, Ruby is much quicker for development than Java, and for some projects, time to ...



Paul King, co-author of Groovy in Action is speaking on Grails, the Groovy version of Ruby on Rails. Grails is rip-off of Rails. Development in Grailsis much the same as Rails. It even has the same folder layout. There is IDE support for Grails. Gr...

The rest of OSDC day 2


Caught a number of interesting sessions yesterday: Adam Kennedy spoke animatedly on the topic of CPAN 1.5. I have only an abstract interest in the CPAN as a colossal piece of software engineering, but Adam is always amusing. Josh Heumanns Intermedi...

The State of Python


Anthony Baxter, Python release manager, filled us in on the state of Python: 2.5.2 is coming and will be a bug-fix release. Moving from 2.x to 3.0 There will be a -Wpy3k flag for 2.6 which will warn of constructs incompatible with Py3K. 2.6 will h...

The Broken Web


OSDC day 2 kicked off with Rasmus Lerdorf talking about security problems on the web. Highlights so far are: Pointing out the that many browser plugins are URL handlers. If you can find a bug in a plugin that handles a URL, then you can compromise ...

In which I write a Letter To The Editor


Andrew Bolt presented very calmly on Insiders on Sunday, and I thought, Hooray! The culture wars are over. But no. Today Andrew Bolt is back denying the Stolen Generations. In summary, his argument is that, because Robert Manne couldnt name ten peop...

The Consumer View of Technology


Well, its after lunch, and straight into The Consumer View of Technology by Steve Ellis and Cherie Carbines from OpenMedia, a New Zealand company thats build a MythTV based PVR. There seems to be problems around communicating with customers. Both ex...

Behaviour Driven Design


Tom Adams Better testing through Behaviour on the topic of Behaviour Driven Development. BDD is an offshoot of Test Driven Development and Domain Driven Development. The central idea is that you first specify the behaviour that youd like your code to...

Here at the Open Source Developer's Conference


OSDC just started. Great to catch up with Keith and Mark. Its great that Google could support the conference by sponsoring the dinner, but it feels little weird having Sponsor on my name badge. The conference opened with a nice little speech by Scot...

Why United is better than Qantas


United are better than Qantas in all these ways: They have moisturiser in the bathroom, in addition to the soap.

The Sydney Declaration of Convenient Aspiration


The Australian Prime Minister is so proud of The Sydney Declaration on Climate Change and Energy, the agreement he shepherded through the latest APEC meeting. He says, This is the first such agreement involving the major pollutersthe United States, C...