Jul 20

I just installed the Palm Pre SDK which includes the emulator.  I also installed the eclipse plug-in.  I have to say.  It is so far so good.  Palm has  a good website to guide you through: http://developer.palm.com/index.php .  I am going to play more and see how easy it is to develop an application.

Jul 17

I am reading Erlang programming by Francesco Cesarini and Simon Thompson.  The book show you how to start up a debugger. by typing debugger:start(). in the erlang shell.  However, that is not enough.  The book implies that you will see the modules automatically.  Not true.  You will have to type ii(YourModule). in the erlang shell to load it up in the debugger window.  After that, you can have call iaa([init]).  Then you can run your module’s function in the erlang shell.  So here is an example:

13> debugger:start().
14> ii(test2).
15> iaa([init]).
16> test2:fac(3).

Jun 18

Add these two sites through help->software updates

Name :RDT
URL : http://updatesite.rubypeople.org/release
Name :RadRails
URL : http://radrails.sourceforge.net/update

Jun 10

I am learning scala and erlang the same time to get an idea of FP.  So far, I like Erlang better in term of syntax.  Scala is good but its syntax is just getting too complicated.  It is trying to replace java but the its syntax is no simpler than java.  I think if Scala is not static type, the syntax would be simpler.

Jun 8

I am starting to learn Scala. This will be my first step to Functional programming world (even though Scala is not a pure functional programming language, it supports OO too).  I highly recommended this article for anyone who wants to take the first step: http://www.artima.com/scalazine/articles/steps.html .

Jun 8

As if the great firewall of China is not enough, they want to put a Dam on its people’s computers to reduce the flood of  porn (so they say). The software is called “Green Dam-Youth Escort”.  However, I really don’t think Chinese Communist/Capitalist government really cares about blocking porn.  They require every new computer to install this software because they want to block other political websites and control the information flow.   China wants to have its cake and eat it too.  It likes to get the benefit of modern technologies and internet but also want to control information flow.   I think they are fighting a losing battle.  Sooner or later, they will lose.

Jun 4

Eclipse is a great tool but like any great tool with long history.  I think Eclipse is getting bloated.  It is so easy to break by just doing a simple upgrade.

May 16

Finding nursing homes for your elderly can be difficult.  There are not many good site out there that is easy to find by simply typing in an address.  So I decide to create one using Medicare’s free data.  It is call US Nursing Home Finder .   I think it is the best site to find a nursing  home in US.

May 13

I need to find if there are some duplicate class in the a list of jar files.  Here is what I did:

Go to the directory contains the jar files, can run this command:

find . -name “*.jar” -exec jar -tvf {} \; > list.out 2>&1

Then run:

cat list.out | grep Somepattern

May 4

I got this error when deploy and redeploy a service: java.lang.IllegalStateException: Endpoints already been registered or something like that.  Google it without much luck.  I will have to go to server/default/work directory and remove the jbossws folder and also the particular web service folder and then restart jboss.  Then the problem will go away.  JBoss sucks!

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