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Developing Java Software on a Mac: version control clients

In previous installments of this series, I’ve covered text editing, file management, command line and copy & paste. This time, I will tell you my experiences with version control clients. Fortunately, there’s quite a selection of good clients available for … Continue reading

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JFall 2011

Last Wednesday, I visited JFall 2011. As expected, it was a very good conference again. I tried to tweet about some sessions I attended, but I had some weird problem with both of the Twitter-apps I have on my iPhone… So, instead I’ll give my take on those sessions here, in retrospect.
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Developing Java software on a Mac: text editing

For the largest part of the Java development work, you use of course an IDE. As I mentioned in the previous article in this series, the major IDEs, such as Eclipse and NetBeans, run on a Mac without problems. But apart from an IDE, a lightweight but capable stand alone text editor comes in handy quite often. Of course OS X comes with TextEdit, that is comparable to WordPad on Windows. It’s a simple word processor with the capability to edit plain text files. It can do the job, but it lacks some programming-oriented features.

So I started looking for an additional text editor. Since I use such an editor only as additional tool besides my IDE, I’m not willing to pay (much) for it. On Windows, there is a plethora of free or cheap text editors available and although the number is lower, there are quite a few good options for the Mac as well. I picked a few for evaluation…

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Back from Vienna

I returned from Vienna yesterday evening. After the CONFESS_2011 conference, I enjoyed the city for two days before heading home. I’ve just unpacked my stuff, so now I have the time to post my slides online at Slideshare. The source … Continue reading

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ExtVal talk @ CONFESS this Wednesday

I will be giving an interesting talk this Wednesday at the CONFESS conference in Vienna, Austria. I will be talking about ExtVal and how it can help us to prevent repetitive validation code in Java EE 5 as well as … Continue reading

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Coming up: ExtVal session @ J-Fall conference

I’ll be speaking about MyFaces ExtVal at next week’s J-Fall conference in Nijkerk, The Netherlands. J-Fall is the most important Java conference in The Netherlands, organized by the Dutch Java User Group, NLJUG. As always, the J-Fall program is packed with interesting talks, including some by internationally recognized speakers. The J-Fall is a one-day conference, this year at Wednesday, November 3rd.
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Repair a corrupt JDeveloper

It happened to me two times over the last couple of months. In the morning, when I fired up JDeveloper to work on the ADF project at my current client, JDeveloper suddenly “forgot” which project workspaces were open and lots of other settings were lost. Apparently, some settings files are corrupted for whatever reason. In this state, it is not possible to do my normal work with JDeveloper. As I don’t want to spend half the day with re-installing JDeveloper and all plugins and re-doing all my settings, I figured out a way to “repair” the JDeveloper settings. I thought I’d share this, so if you ever encounter a similar situation, you can safe yourself a lot of work by just repeating what I did.
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New ExtVal release

Last week, a new version of Apache MyFaces Extenstions Validator (ExtVal) was released. ExtVal is a validation framework that allows us to keep our (JSF) View layer free of any validation code and instead put our validation rules as annotations in the Model layer of our application. These annotations can either be JPA annotations, ExtVal annotations or JSR 303 (Bean Validation) annotations. Even a combination of different types of annotations is possible. JSR 303 support is added to ExtVal since last weeks release.
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Win a free copy of MyFaces 1.2 Web Application Development

This week my book, MyFaces 1.2 Web Application Development, is featured in the JavaRanch Book Promotion. That means I’ll be anwering questions in the JSF forum of JavaRanch’s Big Moose Saloon the whole week. Everyone who asks a question in that forum from today until Friday, March 26th 2010 has a chance to win one of four free copies of the MyFaces 1.2 Web Application Development book. Some interesting questions have been asked already; I hope to answer many more the next few days…
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New skin for Trinidad

Apache MyFaces Trinidad is a widely used JSF component set. It is featured in the upcoming book on Apache MyFaces, written by me. The benefits of Trinidad include a large choice of components, built-in Ajax and extensive skinning possibilities. Until now, one of the shortcomings of Trinidad has been the lack of a good looking open source skin.
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