Making sense of JavaScript (1)

Well I am unsure if I’ll ever really enjoy using JavaScript. But, good thing is that I do not really need it so far, am in the comfortable situation of just trying to do so out of curiosity and for my own entertainment. And after all, given my earlier rant on this, I have to

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JavaScript Library Hell

After being into software development now for almost 20 years, counting in student days, these days I have to admit I spent most of this time, and especially most of my “productive” work on the server side using Perl and Java, with Python and shell scripting always being around as tooling things but never as

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HTTP caching and unirest-java

In one of our modules we make use of unirest client library for Java in order to access remote REST endpoints. As, right now, this involves quite some communication, we were looking into response caching which seems both an obvious idea and yet something that is defined pretty well in HTTP and, too, implemented pretty

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Profiling OSGi applications using VisualVM

Recently been into working with OSGi modules built on top of Apache Felix using the Eclipse bndtools. This ain’t fun all the time, but it works. However, I am then and now using visualvm for profiling and monitoring issues. With OSGi, at least the VisualVM profiler doesn’t work out of the box but instead causes

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elementary OS “Luna”: Linux UI, revisited?

After making it through the usual social media channels for quite a while now, elementary OS 0.2 “Luna” has been released a couple of days ago. There is an in-depth article on that on the elementary OS blog which is really worth reading. Personally I stumbled across elementary a while ago on Google+, partially because

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AltaVista: Mountain nightfall…

As of today, altavista.com has been officially shut down and is just another redirect to your “local” Yahoo! starting page. Who cares? Not many. Which possibly is one of the problems, considering altavista.com used to be the predominant search engine for quite a while back then before we saw the rise of Google. And, all

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