May 14

New toy: Sony Ericsson Z520i

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Yesterday I got a new toy, namely a Z520i mobile phone from Sony Ericsson. The overall impression is pretty good so far, though I have to get used to the slightly different way of message writing, compared to my previous phone, a Siemens S55.
But, of course, the new phone is a lot cooler than the old one, since it has indispensable features like lighteffects and polyphonic sounds ;)
However, the camera was already useful, as you can see in my updated profile…


PS: You can even make calls with the phone ;)

May 13

JAX 2006: CruiseControl, Part 1: Continuous Integration made easy (Translated from German)

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Actually I was at the JAX in Wiesbaden (Germany) this week to attend the power workshop Eclipse RCP Clients with J2EE Backend for Enterprise Applications, but after the lunch break I decided to better watch the talk about Cruise Control, a tool that enables automated continuous integration as described by Martin Fowler and Matthew Foemmel.
Cruise Control will be one of the next things that I will have a closer look at and use for my current development work if possible.
If the speakers were not exaggerating then it’s really easy to install and configure the tool for projects that can already be automatically built and tested e.g. via Ant.

Btw, Adam Bien’s talk about Patterns for Asynchronous Applications was also interesting and a good recapitulation of asynchronous principles, mostly with curious real-life examples, such as cranes in the port of Hamburg that communicate with their central via JMS.

May 13

Give it a try…

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Today (or better tonight) I thought, OK, give it a try…
And voilà: Here’s my first blog post.

Let’s see where this leads. I have no idea how often I will add new posts, but as I said, I’ll give it a try ;)

I’m also not quite sure which kinds of topics I am going to cover here – but primarily I think it will be about software development (mostly Java EE) and possibly Eclipse and further open source projects.