Sonne und Staub

Der dritte Monat des Jahres ist verstrichen. Die letzten Tage in Dresden-Mitte waren sonnig und mild, eine Stadt erwachend aus einem grauen, aber nicht besonders kalten Winter. Die Demontage des Gebäudekomplexes jenseits der Bürofenster schreitet langsam, aber kontinuierlich voran. Mittlerweile ist aus dem Hochhaus ein Skelett aus Beton und Stahl geworden, Schutt überzieht die Baustelle, … Read moreSonne und Staub

Statische Websites. Back to the roots?

Der Schockwellenreiter (der schon seit Ewigkeiten in meiner Blogroll liegt) hat vor einiger Zeit einen Artikel ins Rennen geworfen unter dem Titel Markdown, statische Seiten und die »digitale Teilhabe«, der bei mir erst später gewirkt hat. Erste Reaktion waren bei mir eher ein ungläubiges Kopfschütteln – was für ein Quatsch. Nach etwas Reflektion hat sich … Read moreStatische Websites. Back to the roots?

Small-scale microservices in the wild (1): Anachronistic monoliths

Microservices are all over these days. So are frameworks to build different “microservices” from scratch, and so are infrastructure and runtime components to help getting real-life application environments built out of microservices. Using small components to build larger, more complex applications seems so incredibly much the de-facto standard of how to work these days that … Read moreSmall-scale microservices in the wild (1): Anachronistic monoliths

XMPP? Nice, but …

I keep on repeatedly promoting and suggesting people to take a closer look at XMPP for their messaging needs instead of falling back to “proprietary” and disputable (yet astoundingly widespread) messengers such as WhatsApp, and repeatedly I fail. And, from some point of view, I have to admit this “failing” doesn’t just happen because of WhatsApps user base being so extremely large. It also happens because, rudely speaking, while providing a load of technical advantages, XMPP is not at all anywhere near WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal or Threema from an end-user point of view. My background here: Professionally, I run an internal XMPP server (on top of openfire) for corporate instant messaging, server alert notifications and group chats for particular purposes. Personally, at some point I tried getting close contacts, family, relatives to use XMPP as a full replacement for any other messenger because I use an XMPP client on the desktop anyway and would like to cut down the amount of tools required for communication…

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Bridges

Soundtrack: The Grey Tapes – ‘noirworx I excerpt’ Shooting out late at night close to Dresdens Alberthafen. Strange to see the quietness in such places after dawn.

merge-(un)sort.

Not wanting to go meta-blogging again, this is just a short note for some who might end up here: As of now, node.zimmer428.net (which used to be my own photoblog) just directs here. So does wanderer.zimmer428.net, started out as a collection of strange scribbles, images, things found all along the way. Having been through several … Read moremerge-(un)sort.

C# and mono: getting some feet wet…

Well, some of the readers of these pages will have noticed that, carefully speaking, my enthusiasm for Microsoft technology is pretty limited. “Limited” indeed is the right way of putting it: While I have a clear opinion about most of Microsofts monopoly regarding desktop and office software (which, in the end, makes me avoid both as good as I can, and thanks at the very least to Ubuntu GNU/Linux, right now I can do that pretty well… 😉 ), I then and now always considered Microsoft .NET, as a development and runtime platform, a pretty good thing, maybe the best technology the Redmond folks came up with to date, and definitely a technology that could have offer wholly new options to both Microsoft and the rest of the world if licensed and distributed a little more openly. Anyway, leaving licensing and personal considerations related to this aspect aside: These days I earn a living mainly off working with Java and overally am pleased with this as an environment. However, as “integration” is what I mostly deal with, I finally had the chance of dealing with Microsoft .NET and C#, and had a rather pleasant trip…

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“Hooking” a Spring Java application

I’ve been looking at the implementation / support of the concept of aspect-oriented programming in Spring for quite a while now, unsure to see a meaningful use of it (except for logging and caching, maybe). But maybe viewpoints like this generally grow out of lack of simple, straightforward examples close to ones day-to-day life. So, recently I looked at it again and found something to indeed use it for: Extend a given Spring application using “hooks” and scripting languages.

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