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Resources For Pitching GitHub Enterprise

Recently GitHub announced GitHub Enterprise, a way to have all of the goodness of GitHub behind your own companies firewall on your own servers. GitHub in general is an obvious win for developers, but when trying to pitch why it’s … Continue reading

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CFAkismet Has Moved to GitHub

This is just a quick note to mention that one of the first open source projects that I wrote, CFAkismet, the ColdFusion based Akismet client, has finally moved to GitHub. Read more about it’s new location on the CFAkismet Project … Continue reading

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Running Jetty 7 on Port 80 With Maven

I think Jetty is one of the best kept secrets in the Java world, in particular for getting a quick container up and running with full integration with Maven for local testing of Java based web applications. I was doing … Continue reading

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How To Install Dig in Ubuntu Linux

One tool I’m used to having without installing (it’s included by default in FreeBSD) is Dig (which is short for Domain Information Groper). Dig is a really handy tool for checking and troubleshooting DNS related issues once you learn how … Continue reading

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Maven: Including Axis2 Artifacts into EAR’s

I’m going to skip over a rant about how much Axis2 sucks in order to pass a tip on how to include Axis2 artifacts (AAR’s, MAR’s, etc) into an EAR file using the Maven plugin to package EAR files, maven-ear-plugin. … Continue reading

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Development in Mac OS X: How To Fix the Lame Default Font in Eclipse

The default Eclipse for Mac OS X font is kind of annoying since it’s way too big and reminds me of MS Comic Sans. If you try to replace it with one of the wonderful ProggyFonts without tweaking them first, … Continue reading

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My List of Favorite Firefox Add-ons

Between many machines at home, Virtual Machines, a work laptop, etc, I always seem to manage installing Firefox from scratch at least once a month. There are several add-ons that I pretty much require for Firefox to work for me, … Continue reading

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Drinking The MacBook Pro and OS X Kool-Aid

This past Friday marked the end of the second week at my new job which has brought many changes for me. I left a good sized development team at large company for the uncertainty for a VC funded start-up without … Continue reading

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How To Reduce the Size of JAR Packages

Adam Bien covers how to reduce the size of JAR packages in Java 5 & 6 here. An example he shows starts at 44 MB and gets reduced down to 6 MB– impressive!

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