Another Update

The CJUG election has not happened yet. Only myself and another person were up for the four positions. But I spoke to a couple of people afterwards, and they agreed that a regular mailing list might help bring some publicity to the group. One said he never checked the Yahoo Group.

Also, I am still working on Shelf Unit. I am testing out the Struts and JSF versions. I am also looking into JUnit and adding some tests. It looks like unit testing database operations is a big pain. I asked a few people at CJUG last night about this, and they mentioned Hypersonic, DBUnit and JMock. So it looks like I have to learn five things just to do one thing.

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Quick Start on getting involved in James Development

Here is a quick guide on getting involved in helping develop the Apache James server and project.

First you need to fill out a Contributor License Agreement, which you can find here. I mailed it in, and it took two about two weeks until my name showed up on the committer list here.

Then get some accounts on the Apache tools: Confluence and  JIRA issue tracker. The James Wiki is here.

You will also need to get the code. You can get a list of the SVN directory by typing this at a prompt: svn list

The current version of James is 2.3. You can get that here:

svn checkout

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President of CJUG

The Chicago Java Users Group is having board elections. I put my name in for president.

I have been going for a few years. For a while there were a lot of people. They had some pretty big names come in: Gavin King, Martin Fowler, Marc Fleury. Then for a while it was pretty bare. Sometimes it was just me, a guy named Rakesh (the acting president) and the presenter. Now there are 20 people or so at each meeting. So Rakesh has done a good job of building it back up.

I have a few ideas about building CJUG up. I would contact other Java Users Groups for some ideas for one thing. I would move the mailing list from Yahoo Groups to a regular list. I spoke to someone who spent a year in Salt Lake City. He told me that he got a lot of reminders about presentations in Salt Lake City, and not much from CJUG. I know you can have Yahoo Groups messages emailed to you, but I still think that the site and the list should be connected. Making the list more accessible might bring a few more people in.

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Shelf Unit

A while back I made an app called “ShellfSpace”. It was available as It was a Java app that allowed users to enter information about websites (URLs, file extensions) and specify whether or not a site worked on Linux or other Unix-based OS with a browser other than IE. This was back when dot NET started and Microsoft was starting to push Trusted Computing.

I also did it so that if I ever needed to look for a job I would have something to point to. Well, now I am looking for a job, and I need to have something to show off. So I may bring it back to this site. I will also post on my blog about it as well.

I  called it “ShellfSpace” as a joke. I spelled it with two L’s as a pun on the fact that Unix-based systems are accessible via a shell. But I got tired of explaining that, so after a while I just let the domain expire and I just abandoned the site. Now I will call it “Shelf Unit”.

I may also post the source code to it as well. I first wrote it in servlets, then in Struts, and then in JSF. I may post the source code to every iteration.

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Joining Apache James

 I decided to become involved in an open source project: Apache James. The goal is to make a mail server in Java, as well as provide some supporting libraries.

I will have to learn some more about Maven and svn. I think that my first contribution will be to the documentation. It is a bit hard to get started, both as a user and as a contributor.

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Intro Post

As people brag on Slashdot: “First post!” Granted, it’s just me, but at least I get to say it this one time.

My name is Eric MacAdie (muh-KAY-dee). I am a software developer in Chicago, Illinois, The City That Matters, and this is my blog.

The purpose of this site is to help me improve my Java skills and keep an eye on what is going on in the Java world. It will also advocate the use of Java, not only for the web but in all environments. I will post content with some Java tutorials for some applications, including some of the Java technologies that I will use to create content for and run this site.

That is all I will say for now. I thought  about what I would say in the first post, but I decided to keep it short. I can always have an “About” page that I can update as needed.

Lastly, as they say on Slashdot: In Soviet Russia, Beowulf cluster of dying BSD machines imagines you!

(Originally posted 2008-08-01_02.05.33)

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