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It is now one week since I upgraded my primary desktop system to Windows 7. I had been an early adopter of Vista and had a number of problems, even an occasional BSOD in the early days. I delayed putting Vista on my school computer because it did not support Novell which is used at Dawson College where I teach. Today I upgraded my school computer and I am fully integrated into the Novell structure. Here is the what and why of what I did, part one. My department at Dawson College subscribes to a program at Microsoft called the MSDNAA that is a subset of the MSDN subscription program for commercial developers. This gave me access to Windows 7 on August 6th. The first decision I had to make was whether to do an upgrade or a clean install. In the days of DOS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 an upgrade involved replacing the hard disk boot code and creating a new directory for the DOS ... (more)

My First Week With the Amazon Kindle

Amazon EC2 Session at Cloud Expo New York I received an Amazon Kindle for Xmas. It wasn’t a surprise as I put it on the Xmas list my family insisted I provide. My wife had me order it with her credit card to make sure it was exactly what I wanted. The order was placed at the beginning of December to ensure it would arrive on time. It took just four days to arrive here in Montreal from Amazon in the US. Originally I had the Sony PRS-600 reader on my list. I made the list in mid-November and the Kindle was not available in Canada. But at the end of November Amazon announced it would... (more)

Creating JavaServer Faces Maven Managed Projects with Eclipse

Step 1 Create a project based on my blog “UPDATED Setting up a JEE 6 Web Profile Maven Project in Eclipse using TomEE”. Step 2 Eclipse reveals its special capabilities such as specialized editors based on the project’s facet. As it now stands the project you just created will allow you to create Servlet/JSP applications. You need to add the JavaServer Faces facet to the project. Right-mouse click on the project and select Properties and then select Project Facets. You will see: You now need to add the JavaServer Faces facet version 2.1, change the Java version to 1.7 and unchec... (more)

Is Eclipse Faster than NetBeans? By @OmniProf | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Is Eclipse Faster than Netbeans for Arquillian Testing on a Remote GlassFish Server? Part 2 While putting my test code up on GitHub and writing the readme.md, I ran my NetBeans test code on my 2011 early MacBook Pro. To my surprise the times for both embedded and remote testing were between 25 and 35 seconds. My original blog was based on working on a much much faster Windows 8.1 system that took 16 seconds for embedded but 100 seconds for remote. So I guess we blame: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Java on Windows You can download the Eclipse version of the code at: https://github.com/o... (more)

Configuring the PHP Version of Eclipse 3.5 RC4

Step 1: Download and install WampServer Download the latest version of WAMP from here. As of this writing the current version is 2.0h dated 04/16/09 and file you will download is called WampServer2.0h.exe Run the file WampServer2.0h.exe You will be asked to agree to the software license, approve the choice of directory, select the default browser, and decide if you want a desktop and/or quick launch icon. For the directory the default is c:\wamp but you may change to whatever you like. In later steps in this document it will be assumed you selected c:\wamp so change this to your ... (more)