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Disabling the Firefox DNS cache

If you, like me, make frequent changes to your host file, for instance because your staging and production environment both listen to the same vhost. You will have probably noticed that it takes Firefox a while to pick up on the alterations you made. This is because in order to improve performance by default Firefox […]

JIRA firefox plugin

For all the JIRA users out there. I just created a very simple JIRA plugin that allows you to add your JIRA instance as a search site in the Search Bar in the upper-right corner of Firefox. Who knows you may find it useful. You can find out more about it here

XGL and java

A couple of months back I tried out a very nice opengl based x server called XGL. I followed the instructions outlined at http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=131267 and had it working in record time. However there was one catch. Java applications would not render properly. For instance when I would start intelliJ Idea all the dialogs , menu […]

Crashing notepad

Crashing notepad

Even though it’s kind of cheap to point and laugh at Microsoft’s “industrial strength” products I didn’t want to deny anyone this screenshot. I created a shortcut that automatically opens my hostfile using notepad by specifying the following target : %windir%\system32\notepad.exe %windir%/system32/drivers/etc/hosts and then tried to save my hostfile under a different name using save […]

Integrating Spring and GWT

I just completed my first shot at integrating Spring with GWT. You can check it out here Here’s what you do to expose a simple service. 1) Write the remote service, note that the service no longer extends RemoteServiceServlet however HelloService should still implement RemoteService public class HelloServiceImpl implements HelloService { public String sayHello(String name) […]

Google WebToolkit remoting

Last week I started playing around with the google webtoolkit an Ajax framework that allows software engineers to develop complex ajax web interfaces in java rather than javascript. I found the google webtoolkit not without it’s limitations, most noteably it is very hard to style / layout pages compared to jsp templates etc. But I […]

EasyMock2 in a Nutshell

The essential tool for unit testing, EasyMock, has come to a new level. This blog entry introduces the new EasyMock2 release. While it is still in pre-release stage, I do recommend using EasyMock2 for all your Java 5 projects. To quote Tammo Freese (Project Founder) from the EasyMock project: ‘I plan no modifications other than […]

Your first cup of DWR…

Important: this post is fairly outdated. Take a look at my more recent blog post on DWR and Spring integration. Ok, so you want to create a more intuitive and responsive web application? And you’ve decided to give AJAX, HttpXmlRequest, DWR or any other buzzword of the last few months, a try? Now, if you’re […]