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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Out with the old, in with the older

We (finally) sold our house today. We've been waiting for an appraisal for the last couple of weeks - the appraiser did his work and went on vacation for two weeks - and everything got finalized today. We close on our old house on Tuesday, which means we have to move to the new one (which is actually 60 years older) this weekend. Aaahhhh, moving, how I missed it. It's been 4 years since the last move, which was from our one-bedroom apartment into our first house. This weekend will likely be a reminder of how much shit I can accumulate in a few short years. Julie will try to throw most of it away, and I will fight to keep a bunch of worthless junk. Should be a fun weekend! Here's the old and the new - old is on top.

Xenophon House

Marion (DU) House

Posted in General at Jul 23 2003, 03:07:08 PM MDT 1 Comment

Container Managed Authentication enhancements in Tomcat 5.0.4

When playing around with Tomcat 5.0.4 today, I noticed a couple improvements. I use container-managed security on all my apps, and there were a couple of things that annoyed me about 4.1.x:

  • When the user is routed to the form-login-page, the URL (i.e. "/login.jsp") appears in their browser's address bar. Therefore, when you try to do request.getRequestURL() (to find the URL they originally requested), you're SOL - you get "/login.jsp" instead.
  • I have a 400 (invalid reference to login page) error-page routing to index.jsp (which redirects to /do/mainMenu). This should allow a user to bookmark "/login.jsp" and, once authenticated, they will be routed to the mainMenu. In Tomcat 4.1.x, I get routed back to the login page, and the user has to login again to get to the mainMenu.

I'm happy to report that both of these bugs are fixed in Tomcat 5.0.4. When I'm routed to the login page, the browser's address bar says the URL I requested (/do/mainMenu), rather than "/login.jsp". Also, request.getRequestURL() does return the URL I originally requested, not the login page. This is awesome IMO b/c now users will not bookmark "/login.jsp". And even if they do type it in, my 400 error page routes them to "index.jsp" which goes to the main menu. All of this did not work in 4.1.24 and now it does in 5.0.4. I'm going to start using 5.0.4 for my dev environment. Oh yeah, Roller runs fine on it too. ;0)

Posted in Java at Jul 23 2003, 11:22:50 AM MDT 2 Comments