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Some time ago, I had the impression that everywhere I stepped in the endless Java universe, I came across rather outdated technology. Things that were hyped years back, but for some reason had been left behind by mankind in the course of time. Disenchantedly roaming that programming desert I almost went depressive looking at all the rusty wrecks of former featured APIs laying around all along....
on Jan 1, 2013
It eventually happened that I had to ensure that a class of mine is annotated in a particular way (I didn't want to bind the whole framework that uses the annotation just to ensure this single issue, as this was a unit test but not an integration test). So I wrote my own Hamcrest matcher with few pieces of reflection inside. Short time later I noticed that Hamcrest co-owner Nat PRYCE already did...
on Sep 1, 2012
There are times in career when you get excited about having an experience for the first time. I well remember how I got excited about seeing my first self-coded shell node popping up in the Windows Explorer (a.k.a custom shell namespace). A bit of excitement I noticed seeing my first reader's comment printed in iX. And I was really excited about receiving my first printed articles in...
on Nov 13, 2010
Mergers and Acquisitions became part of the business model of every mid size to global enterprise: If you're grown big enough, you'll have to either acquire and merge, or you will get acquired and merged. Sun Microsystems for some time tried to acquire and merge to survive this business hell, but some day the man came around in form of Lawrence Joseph Ellison, number 6 on the Forbes list of...
on May 1, 2010
For meanwhile more than 25 years I am writing computer programs. More than a decade I spent with programs accessing databases, virtually always relational ones. I soon learned that this is rather hard work. Not only that you need to know about the theory behind RDBMS iself, but also you need to know the technical APIs (like ODBC, ADO, RDO, JDBC, JDO, JPA, CMP, ...), the structure of...
on Feb 28, 2010
For many years I am using XSLT now for a lot of tasks in both, development and runtime environments: Source generation, creating HTML from XML data, or even rendering SVG vector graphics from XML finance data. But what really bothered me was that the XSLT transformer contained in Java (even in Java 6's latest release) was just able to do XSLT 1.0 but not XSLT 2.0. XSLT (and XPath) 2.0 comes with...
on Feb 6, 2010
So finally, after endless nights, my new web site Head Crashing Informatics is finished. Learned a lot on XHTML and CSS by coding it completely by hand (yes, really, did not use any design tool, as I love to code and always want to see what's going on behind the scenes). In the future you'll find my latest stuff there, research results, code snippets, background information on my projects, and...
on Jan 29, 2010
Over the past decade, OpenSource became a big hype. At the peak of the hype, big stakeholders like IBM, Oracle and Sun (and even Microsoft and SAP) turned a lot of their previously proprietary code into OpenSource. While they tell us that they do it because they are so noble and like to exploit the community's knowledge, typically the open sourced software is only for free in part or is still...
on Dec 10, 2009
So here I am: Yet Another Java Blogger. Some more guy that you never have heard of ever before. One more guy convinced his weird thoughts are worth getting published. One more feed to subscribe. But who the heck is that strange guy and why does he think that anybody will ever have interest in his distorted view of the world? Well, first of all, sorry for shocking The Empire with my subversive...
on Feb 1, 2009