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I’ll be heading to Agile ITX this summer

For a long time my career had me doing a whole lot of product installations and integrations where domain models and agile development didn’t necessarily fit.  Any conferences or training I attended was based on specific product issues

Posted in Agile, code, java

Project Breakdown in [Eclipse] Workspaces

Yesterday, I was doing some refactoring on some code in Rational Application Developer (a derivative of eclipse) and I ended up creating a couple of new projects to house some of it.  When I told my colleague he’d need to

Posted in java, SoftwareDev

Database: Intelligent (Natural) keys versus Surrogate (Blind) Keys

I’m not a data architect or DBA, but in my current and past positions I, like most software developers, have been responsible for designing schemas for both simple and complex databases.  One thing I always waffle about is whether to

Posted in SoftwareDev, Uncategorized

Checking out the dynamic language scene (Briefly)

Here in the midwest we were inundated with a massive snow storm this weekend.  I took the time I was stuck inside to finally give Groovy (and Grails) a day long once over.  Recently I have checked out Scala and

Posted in code, java

Hibernating with WebSphere and a non-journaling DB2/400 system

A few years ago, I worked as a consultant at a company that used DB2/400 as its main database platform.  The company did not have journaling ‘turned on’ so their database platform did not support transactions/commit control.  This did seem odd

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Posted in code, java, OpenSource, Portal, SoftwareDev

Open source application servers. A tough decision ahead for us.

One of the cool things about the new job I will _officially_ be starting in November is that we are going to look to use open source tools first.  The biggest choice we have to make on that front is

Posted in code, java, OpenSource, ProfessionalStuff, SoftwareDev

I got a new job!

I have accepted a position at a company in Dayton.  The position is with a company that I have been working for as a consultant off and on (mostly on) for the last three years.  I will be a ‘Technical Architect’ in

Posted in java, LifeLessons, ProfessionalStuff, SoftwareDev

LinkedIn vs FaceBook? Even for career/professional stuff?

I’ve been ‘LinkedIn’ for several months now.  I’ve made contacts with enough of my current and past colleagues to feel like its useful.  I’ve also gotten several serious employment inquiries.  I am a firm believer in the whole ‘web networking’

Posted in LifeLessons, ProfessionalStuff

Having a server ‘blip’ and Im at a client site…

… so my site will be down until I can get to the server and check it out.   Another reason to think about paid hosting. 

Posted in Uncategorized

My blog will be down for a little while.

We had some pretty bad storms last night and the power went out.  I forgot to head to the basement to fire the server back up.  I guess that’s one reason to think about paying for a hosted blog.  It

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