Archive for July, 2005

You have to check this link SCIGen: An Automatic CS Paper Generator. What is: SCIgen is a program that generates random Computer Science research papers, including graphs, figures, and citations. It uses a hand-written context-free grammar to form all elements of the papers. Our aim here is to maximize amusement, rather than coherence. You simply […]

In the last three weeks I am following the production set-up of a big enterprise system and the client ran function acceptance tests on the platform. Our part of the system implemented many rpc calls to the rest of the system, but it is also the front-end console used by “human-users”. Being a new customized […]

Since some days I am using a nice utility, Unlocker, that helps to find program that, while running, prevent you to get write access to some files. The only strange thing is that on every run it tries to access the network (update check or spyware?). Anyway, I just blocked it on my personal firewall, […]

There are several files under /etc that enable customization of the login process. For example, in some Countries it is important to warn the user that any activity is monitored to prevent unauthorized use. To do that it’s possible to edit /etc/ as following: ————- W A R N I N G ————- THIS IS […]

Do we really need assertions?

Yesterday, an interesting post about Abusing assertions for debugging purposes! come from DaVinci’s Code blog. If you read comments, you see that I don’t think that assertion are somehow so much useful. That’s because I never used assertions and I never seen assertion used. I rarely heard discussing about assertion, and this is the 2nd […]

Hibernate and Database Views

I never used - and liked - so much database views, but after last experience I had to change my mind. Now I think that database views can be very helpful in application development, and system integration. Our last application is a sort of web based Console to an heterogeneous systems, in which great part […]
Today I faced a configuration bug in my web application, that can be made easier to detect if xwork does some more checks loading its action mapping. I have my xwork.xml as following: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?> <!DOCTYPE xwork PUBLIC "-//OpenSymphony Group//XWork 1.0//EN" ""> <xwork> <include file="first.xml" /> <include file="second.xml" /> ... <include file="last.xml" /> […]

A funny news on Microsoft site about Javaprxy.dll (a Microsoft JVM component):A COM Object (Javaprxy.dll) Could Cause Internet Explorer to Unexpectedly Exit. A way to scare people about Java? “Microsoft will take the appropriate action to help protect our customers” Are they thinking about closing development on Internet Explorer and Outlook? :-)


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