Last Day

11 PM December 21, 2006

Well, after four and a half years, I’m leaving this job. It’s been a blast. For such a little company, it’s amazingly stuffed with talented, interesting people. Amongst my colleagues are Keith, David, and Neville. Other alumni include Charles Miller (who taught me what a ‘blog’ is) Daniel Bradby and the now famous Gavin King. (Speaking of Gavin King, there are several people here who claim they were in the room during a particular meeting when Hibernate was born. They should blog about that meeting.)

As you might imagine, I have mixed feelings about leaving. I’ve learnt a lot while I’ve been here – about Java, about programming as a craft, and about working with people. I’ll miss the staff and management, and I’ll miss working with the fire brigade. However, it’s time to take on new challenges, so off I go.

The shiny new job starts on January 15, meaning three weeks of relaxing unemployment between now and then.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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World's Top Brands for 2006

3 AM December 20, 2006

World’s Top Brands for 2006. Microsoft is #2, IBM is #3, Intel is #5 and Nokia is #6.

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Distracted by Pretty Things

3 AM December 20, 2006

I’m still working my way toward rewriting this blog’s software. It would be a lot easier if I weren’t distracted by, say, Pyglet.

Meanwhile, here’s a funny TV ad, with cats.

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Secret Automotive Test Tracks

3 AM December 15, 2006

Car test tracks from around the globe. Strikingly pretty pictures.

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Rails vs Django Paper and Slides

10 AM December 14, 2006

Following in the steps of beautiful people such as Mary, Keith, Andy,
and Anthony, I’m posting the paper and slides for Ben’s and my OSDC presentation.

For looking at the presentation, I recommend the Open Office version so you can see the animations. Press F5 to start the presentation, then keep pressing space. I should also mention that, during the conclusion, where the slides point to Rails or Django, it’s not an exclusive recommendation, so much as a recommendation to investigate Rails or Django first. Read the paper and use your brain.

The talk itself went over well. Quite a few people mentioned that seeing Rails and Django code side by side was helpful. Here are some photos from Andy, Keith, Wen Lin and Karen Askins. I quite like this one of Ben, but this one of me is just inexplicable. We made everyone stand up during the audience participation section.

Thanks again to everyone who sent us feedback, and a big thanks to Ben for making it possible.

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JUnit 4 tutorial on Java.net

8 PM December 12, 2006

Java.net has a neat little JUnit 4 tutorial. I hadn’t checked before, but JUnit 4 includes a whole bunch of new features.

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