Sunday, October 10, 2010


Today is a very special day! To begin with, today is also a very binary day: 10.10.10
But as it happens, 101010 is the binary representation of the decimal value - right: 42! Also widely known as the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything! So whether today someone finally knows how the world could be made a good and happy place or whether the earth has to make way for a hyperspatial express route or whatever happens today: Always know where your towel is and DON'T PANIC!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

News from the Software Smithy

I recently released a new version of the SoftSmithy Utility Library. I added new utility methods and classes for locale-sensitive sorting, JPA and more. Have a look at the changelog at the end of the README file and at the Javadoc for more details.

Alongside the SoftSmithy Utility Library (lib) I recently published the SoftSmithy Development Utility Library (devlib). The difference between these two libraries is the SoftSmithy Utility Library (lib) contains classes, which you usually want to deploy with your program, while the SoftSmithy Development Utility Library (devlib) contains classes, which are useful at development and deployment time etc., but you usually won't want them on the classpath of your program. Currently it's quite small. I just added a few utility classes for database population with JPA and for unit testing which are still subject to change while I keep looking for best practices. Have a look at the Javadoc for more details.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

YANPA: Remote EJB Monitoring Application on the NetBeans Platform

Geertjan Wielenga, an Oracle/ Sun employee and a technical writer of the NetBeans team, blogged in his YANPA (Yet Another NetBeans Platform Application) series about a pilot project of one of my customers where I could introduced the NetBeans Platform. You can read more about it here.