Apple – iMac G5

Apple – iMac G5

Call me crazy, but I’m getting one of these. I’m just waiting for the keynote of Apple’s CEO on 11 januari, maybe they’ll have some new stuff for their product line. Would be a shame to buy something and two weeks later hear that something better is coming out real soon.

Yes. it’s an Apple. But did you know James Gosling works on Apple too? So it should be a reasonable alternative for me as a Java Developer.

New project assignment…

After a couple of months working on a project going from bad to worst it’s a relieve to finally be on a new assigment. The project I’m in is about building a logistic planning application. It involves planning manpower, material and tracks. Oh did I mention that making the plan for one year takes 200 people nine (!!) months to complete. Talk about a complex process. 🙂

Anyway, I’ll be doing all kinds og GUI related work based on Eclipse 3.0.1 RCP (Rich Client Platform). Never done that before… 😛 This will look good on my resume.

Continuous Integration & Design patterns

As I mentioned in a previous blog I am doing some work related to Continuous integration in Java. It’s nothing fancy, but still people are not doing it because they are unaware of the benefits.

Yesterdag evening I had my first take on the presentation. It’s comming together quite nicely, but still I’m in doubt about the ammount of demo versus the ammount of theory. But that’ll all come together after a while.

Now for my Msc on the other hand I have to do an assignment about some game called Mankala. It’s focussed around the design of this game. It’s not my cup of thea and I think that whatever me and my colleague are going to deliver will be an overengineered piece of ehr…. work. You know the drill, a simple application burdened by it’s heavy weight enterprise design.

But on the otherhand it’s a nice short assignment on which I can brush up aquintance with the gang of four and friends. 🙂

Java 5.0 Tiger: A Developer’s Notebook — Online Catalog: Java 5.0 Tiger: A Developer’s Notebook

Recently I bought this book. It’s an excellent read. Do note that you have have some experience writing software in Java releases prior to Java 5.0.

The book introduces the new language features in a code oriented approach. This results in a very quick and solid introduction into the new language features of Java 5.0. Don’t forget about the other new features of Java 5.0 though.

Christmas party at work…

Last night my employer threw a christmas party. The invitation said “Tenue de ville”. So almost everybody was dressed classy. Anyway, I almost got blasted 😉 Usually I never drink any alchohol, but sometimes… (like once a year or so) Anyway, I only had 5 or six “Hertog Jan”. It’s a beer, but not just beer like buds or heineken. Noooo…. This is a bit stronger. It’s a dark beer.

Anyway… Had lots of fun, but this morning my head was a bit painfull, couldn’t eat breakfast. So I just skipped all that and checked out and went home.

Good to see my colleagues in a different setting. One thing though… Yesterday evening I had a minute to myself and was looking over the dance floor and I thought… “My my, gorgeous women… Wow!! Wait… Party.. Work… Colleagues… Tech company… Women = Colleagues partners. Shit!! I think I’ll get another beer.”

As I said, lots of fun.