Mar 28

Eclipse 3.3 M6 runs on Windows Presentation Foundation

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Milestone 6 of Eclipse 3.3 development runs on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) as you can see on the New & Noteworthy page. Furthermore, SWT now uses native Vista features for improved performance. I haven’t tried it yet, but since I’m running Vista on my work laptop, I will probably look into it soon.

Oct 05

Google Code Search

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Google has a new service for searching source code that is publicly available in .zip, .tar.gz files or even in repositories such as CVS or Subversion.

The search can be constrained e.g. by language or even by license (GPL, BSD etc.). The use of regular expressions is possible, too.

By the way, comments are included in the search of course, so have fun ;)

Sep 17

From Java to .NET…

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It has been quite some time between now and my previous post. And in this regard quite some things have changed, too. After developing in Java/J2EE/Eclipse RCP for about 4 years now, I’m currently on an excursion in the land of .NET. It’s also some kind of time travel, since the project environment requires the use of .NET 1.1 and therefore Visual Studio 2003.
While I’m pretty spoiled from coding in Eclipse 3.2, VS 2003’s editing “capabilities” seem like stone-age…
Maybe I can leverage some of the information issued in this article on about the add-in architecture of VS .NET to increase comfort at least a little bit… if there is time though…

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.