Investigating Apache Ivy
I love working with Maven but am finding myself using Ant in order to play nice with the way IBM RAD and WAS seem to dictate a directory structure. We need an automated build and I think I have that now but we are still missing the dependency management that Maven provides. In enters Apache Ivy which provides a set of Ant tasks that can be used to manage depenencies much in the same way as Maven...
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Starting up a Developer discussion group
At work someone else had the idea of starting a book group and I am so excited to be helping getting that off the ground. I am working on the JUG which requires a lot of time to prepare for (largely because I am the only one who is willing to present) and I hope to keep going as well. Education and improvement is important to me and I hope I can instill some of that passion in more developers at...
I am finally reading The Pragmatic Programmer by Hunt and Thomas. It is a great set of essays on ways to become a more productive and pragmatic developer. I am not quite finished but I would easily add it to my list of required reading for aspiring and rookie developers along with Code Complete by McConnell and Practices of an Agile Developer by Subramaniam and the same Hunt.
Really loving SafariBooksOnline
I just extended from the 10 day free trial of http://safaribooksonline.com. It is the effort by O’Reilly (largely) to have a great online library setup. The book selection is great and the user interface is fantastic. I do wish it was easier to view stuff off line but you do get to pull down a set amount of chapters to PDF for that purpose. The “HTML View” is terrific and...