Archive for March, 2006

New Host up and Running

I have now migrated my blog over to wordpress and changed my web host in the process.   I changed over to InterAdvantage who I have to say have been fantastic with regard support.   I had to contact them during the week as I was still seeing my old web site.  It turned out that my ISP was caching the old DNS reference.  Every time I emailed the support I got a reply back straight away.  They even helped me out when an issue I was having was entirely my making.   I now have the ability to deploy J2EE application which is great as it will allow me to test all those great AJAX tools that have been popping up lately.

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AJAX and JSF Visual editor

Exadel have just released a JSF editor with AJAX support.

JSF, a Web component framework, is the only standard Java Web framework,” said Richard Monson-Haefel, senior analyst for Burton Group. “AJAX, which makes Web sites more responsive, is enjoying an avalanche of grass roots support because of its portability and seamless integration with HTML. Together, JSF and AJAX offer the benefits of standardization with a rich internet experience; a combination that will be attractive to many organizations

Unfortunately, it is a bit pricey at $799 per annual subscription license. I am going to download the trial at the weekend and have a look. I have been using the exadel Studio for eclipse and found the it very good. (Thanks Colin for the recommendation on this one.) I had been looking for a good JSP visual editor plugin for eclipse for quiet a while and this seems to be one of the better ones.

On a different note, I have decided to change my hosting service to InterAdvantage. I have got a pretty good package and will be transferring over this blog to WordPress as soon as the domain transfer goes through. I will post all new RSS feeds here before the change over.

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Are we all Cynics?

I was reading the comments on The Register regarding what Web2.0 means to people. The majority of the comments are pretty negative. Some might say that they are right to be cautious about the new “Next Big Thing” as so many people were burned in the post millennium downturn in IT. I would err on the side of caution in most situations but there is one thing that should be embraced by the Web2.0 wave.

When people constantly approach things in a negative light is very hard to be inspired to push yourself and create something new and inspiring to others.
It is very easy to say:

Web 2.0 is the air for the next bubble

Web 2.0 is …
“These marvellous new clothes that only the emergent can see.”

If while looking at the internet’s new clothes a few people are inspired to develop something wonderful,interactive and Web2.0 then I think it was worth it. When this does happen I’m sure that all those people that were standing by with pins ready to burst the bubble with have something else to dismiss.

Is Web2.0 surrounded by hype and clever marketing?
Yes, it probably is but maybe just maybe all this hype might be a catalyst to something great.


Calling all techies….

I was talking to Dave Lawless of Infinite Agent last night at the Dublin Java meet up group about the lack of community spirit among developers in Ireland. He agreed that there is definitely a void here.
There are many developers in Ireland that feel very passionate about the work that they do. A lot of the time they are buried deep in side organisation where the status quo is to just get it done and no appreciation for the technologies they are using. A techie conversation at lunch would be out of the question.

For those of you out there that would like that odd techie talk, I would encourage you to join groups like the Dublin Java meet up group. Maybe Java is not your thing, if so create your own group!

Lets try to build developer communities in Ireland, I know there people are out there feeling isolated, lets just get them all together.

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Google to pay out $90 Million

Google are set to refund up to $90 million to Google ad network partners that can show that they were improperly charged for advertising clicks in the last four years.

Google’s advertising works by displaying adverts on many host web sites throughout the internet. When an ad is clicked, the advertiser is charged a fee by Google. The web site who hosted the advert will also receive a commission.

The problem lies with rival companies continually clicking on a companies advert. This increases the advertising cost for the rival company. Click Fraud as it is called is seen as a major treat to this form of advertising.

It will be interesting to see how this works out as advertising is Google’s main source of revenue.

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