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GitHub User Pages and HTML5 Slides

Posted: November 2, 2010 in Tools
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I think I figured out how to include HTML5 slide decks in GitHub user pages. Since you do not want the slide files(py md html) processed by Jeckyll its best to exclude the slides dir. Than you should be able to do regular href reference to each slide deck in the slides directory assuming that you are naming each slide deck a unique html file name.

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Eclipse Helios Downloads

Posted: June 23, 2010 in Eclipse
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Eclipse Helios Downloads here.

Eclipse Classycle Plugin gone

Posted: June 20, 2010 in Eclipse
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The author of the eclipse Classycle plugin has let his site reg lapse.   The current version for Eclipse 3.5 and 3.6 is at my dropbox, link of:

Eclipse Classycle 1.1.2

The Atlassian eclipse Jira Mylyn plugin directions are somewhat confusing. fro eclipse 3.5 you need to use the non-weekly update url of:

http://update.atlassian.com/atlassian-eclipse-plugin/e3.4

For Eclipse 3.6 which has Mylyn 3.4 and not Mylyn 3.3. you need to use the weekly update url of:

http://update.atlassian.com/atlassian-eclipse-plugin/weekly/e3.4/site.xml

but on that page there is no mention of this, I guess we are suppose to be mind readers.

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Enterprise, DOA 2010

Posted: January 5, 2010 in Tools

I have been going through a re-evaluation process. As TBray has pointed out; Sun, IBM, etc have spent billions of dollars attempting to convince others that Enterprise has to be complicate and very expensive and yet very enterprise systems such as WordPress.com, facebook, twitter, etc prove that C# and Java are not the answer.

In Java’s case with the Google’s Nexus One announcement you have to remember Java’s roots are embedded small device programming. It was never meant to an enterprise systems development answer and EJB has been refactorered 3 times already and its still not right.

In the android Java mobile case its going to be those firms that build a social service platform that happens to have an android client front end and web scripting back end. Given having to server millions of users that back-end even though in php, ruby, or python is certainly enterprise sized in sense of complexities.

Look at this way; php, ruby, and python have enterprise components in terms of message queue frameworks. You can write daemons in php, ruby, and python. In all those languages there are faster  web serves that are faster than ApacheHTTPD. Waht can enterprise C# or enterprise add? Certainly not development speed as it takes 3 times as long in development in both C# and Java as it would in php, ruby, or python.

I think the strongest items that web 2.0 could contribute to enterprise infrastructure everywhere would be the concept of do the a small core feature set first in fast iteration using better computer language tools designed for the development tasks at hand. Why a fast iteration?

Well lets borrow form web 2.0 startups, Breck Yunits has defined bubble as:

The bubble is the early, early product development stage. When new people aren’t constantly using and falling in love with your product, you’re in the bubble. You want to get out of here as fast as possible.

If you haven’t launched, you’re probably in the bubble. If you’re in “stealth mode”, you’re probably in the bubble. If you’re not “launching early and often”, you’re probably in the bubble. If you’re not regularly talking to users/customers, you’re probably in the bubble. If there’s not a steady uptick in the number of users in love with your product, you’re probably in the bubble.

That same concept also applies  when you have an internal set of customers as you have the same professional pressure of will this satisfy all stake holders, etc. And the answer is the same, the faster you get answers(feedback) the faster you can change it. On long development cycles pick a feature to launch and launch that.

Its not the computer language itself that is the expensive silo, its the culture of re-purposing that set of tools into development domain in which those computer language tools are not really a good fit. Not to mention the culture of entitlement that forms on top of the adoption of any complex set of tools in the first place.

To signify Enterprise’s demise we should just start using Webprise as a term as its more descriptive of the actual development tools that we are using.

Eclipse Perfect Install

Posted: January 2, 2010 in Tools
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This is a rough draft of the prefect eclipse251 install steps. It will save you  some pain in installing Eclipse.

Chrome Migration

Posted: December 25, 2009 in Tools
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So I have been doing a migration of my tools from Mozilla FireFox to Google’s chrome Browser.

I only had one plugin that was crashing and once I disabled that no more crashes. This is what is showing for memory use:

That is about at 350 Megabytes about half what FF would use with the same amount of tabs open. Plus all the tools I sue are on the right top bar ready to be used.

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