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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.

2008 - A Year in Review

In 2005 and 2006, I did "A Year in Review" entries. 2007 was the year I got divorced, which probably motivated me to write a bit less. This year I'm back and ready to spend the next few hours writing, copying/pasting and linking like a madman. Hope you enjoy!

Workin' on the Feedlot 2008 was the year I traveled the world and developed a true passion for skiing. In January, my good friend Jason Miller moved back to Denver after quitting his job at Bear Stearns in NYC. We spent the first weekend in Nebraska working on Cletus's feedlot. The next week, my car stereo got stolen and I wondered if my bad knee would make it through the ski season (the good news is not only did I ski the rest of the season, but my knee healed itself over the summer).

Abbie and Jack on Green Mountain At the end of January, the kids and I hiked to the top of Green Mountain and Don Brown made Maven not suck. Then I wondered if there was room for both Rails and Grails at a company and quickly learned both.

February started fantastically with a 14" Powder Day at Steamboat. I wondered if there is no "best" web framework and reviewed Grails and Rails books. After spending an awesome weekend in Tahoe, I took the kids on The Ski Train and learned more about Selenium at Google.

Breathtaking Miller and Vial Lake Tahoe - Last Run

This brings us to one of my favorite posts of all time. On February 28th, Jack got a bead stuck in his nose. After taking him to the ER and paying $800, we found out magic recipe for bead removal is to "hold one nostril and give him a CPR-type breath/blow into his mouth". The reason I love the post so much is it's solved the problem for other frantic parents when they Google for "bead stuck in nose". Whenever I get a new comment, it always makes me smile.

March started out with a Powder Day at Whistler. I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the weekend with good friends Jarvis and Korn Dog. After returning to Denver, I was allowed to blog about building a UI Frameworks Team at LinkedIn and posted my thoughts on Grails vs. Rails.

View from Our Condo In mid-March, I achieved an all-Mac family and traveled to Lake Chelan for my sister's birthday. Shortly after, The AppFuse Primer was released. At the end of the month, I attended TSSJS in Vegas and moderated a Web Framework Smackdown.

In April, the LinkedIn Denver office opened and we all celebrated by attending the Rockie's Home Opener. The ski season came to an end and I wrote a howto for configuring Apache with mod_proxy and SSL on OS X. Then I discovered the JavaOne parties and wrote about running Spring MVC Web Applications in OSGi.

April ended with 82°F and May started with snow. I attended JavaOne (or at least the parties), released AppFuse 2.0.2 and figured out how to do extensionless URLs with the UrlRewriteFilter. The kids and I spent an afternoon in Rocky Mountain National Park and I did some coding in my backyard.

Jack's Special Rock Nice Trail Beautiful Smile Here's Hoping for another run in October

On Memorial Day, I enjoyed a liver-wrenching, Rockies-filled weekend with my sister her girlfriend Mya and Mr. Miller. I also contemplated making AppFuse Struts 2-specific.

June started with some mountain bike riding, planning some excellent vacations and getting a dream machine. I rode the annual trip to Big Head Todd at Red Rocks with Matt and Bruce. I took the kids on their first camping trip for Father's Day and had a blast. It took us several hours to find the campsite and my car kept starting all night long. It's sure to be a family tradition from now on.

Catchin' Bugs

The next weekend, I attended the American Craft Beer Fest in Boston. To end the month, I embarked upon Raible Road Trip #12 with Abbie, Jack and my Dad.

Grand Tetons In July, the bus project began and I posted pictures of the trip to Montana. This year, I hope to spend the whole month of July at the cabin. I bought an iPhone (one of my best technology-related purchases to date). OSCON was fun but the week after wasn't.

Nice 'n Snug August revealed my favorite birthday present. I didn't blog much the rest of the month, revealing why later.

Jack on his 4th Birthday Jack's Birthday Weekend was an outstandingly fun mixture of old friends and good Colorado beer. In September, I went to see the bus at MotorWorks, Abbie lost her first tooth and co-workers and I performance tested Memcached.

What followed was wonderful. Miller and I headed to Oktoberfest for the Best. Vacation. Ever. We still talk about how much fun we had on that vacation. October finished with the Colorado Software Summit and a hunting trip to the cabin.

November was a crazy month. I got laid off and celebrated Abbie's birthday on the same day. Jack got a mohawk and I traveled coast-to-coast in the same week. To close the month, I announced what's next and headed to Costa Rica.

Costa Rica, courtesy of Rob Misek

I had a fantastic time in Costa Rica and was impressed to see Abbie is a blue skier shortly after. I did a Dojo/Comet Research Project for a week and enjoyed the location of my newest client last week. A small adventure turned into a scary adventure and I enjoyed telling my stories to fellow Java Enthusiasts in Portland.

Phew! It's been quite a year. For 2009, I'm still hoping for what I tweeted shortly after Costa Rica. I'd like to visit 3 foreign countries, take 3 months of vacation and spend 1 month in Montana. I have technology goals too, but those aren't nearly as much fun to dream about. ;-)

Happy New Year!

Posted in Roller at Dec 31 2008, 04:56:32 PM MST 2 Comments

Added a Tag Cloud

I added a tag cloud to this site tonight. Thanks to Rich Sharple's Hacking Roller : Tag Clouds, it was pretty easy. It's currently located in the bottom-right corner. Here's a glance at this site's most popular tags:

acegi appfuse denver grails gwt hibernate ibatis java jsf maven maven2 myfaces rails roller skiing spring springmvc stripes struts struts2 tapestry tomcat travel webframeworks wicket


Posted in Roller at Feb 12 2008, 10:04:07 PM MST 4 Comments

All my favorite Feed Readers are now free!

I've been using NetNewsWire ever since I started subscribing to feeds back in October 2003. A year or two later, I bought FeedDemon for my Windows box and synced them up using their online sync feature. When I got a BlackBerry Pearl almost a year ago, I bought NewsGator Go!. While the online sync hasn't worked very well between all these applications, I've generally been very happy with them and haven't been inclined to switch.

Now there's no good reason to ever switch:

NetNewsWire 3.1 is free!

By free I mean both that we've released it from its cage and that it costs no money. Zero dollars.

Upgrades are free. It's free for new users. It's freeware.

You can download it right away. Here are the change notes.

NetNewsWire is not alone -- we've also made FeedDemon, NewsGator Inbox, and NewsGator Go! free.

Thanks NewsGator!

Posted in Roller at Jan 09 2008, 04:09:14 PM MST 4 Comments

Tech Meetup in Silicon Valley next week?

Dave's going to be in California next week:

I'm going to be traveling to California next week (Jan 13-18) to sync up with my co-workers at Sun HQ in Santa Clara. I'll be in town Sunday through Friday and though my days will be pretty busy, I'll probably have some free time in the evenings for a meet-up or two.

Coincidentally, I'll be out there as well (Tuesday - Friday @ LinkedIn). Sounds like an excellent excuse to meetup and have some beers. Wanna join us?

Posted in Roller at Jan 09 2008, 03:16:40 PM MST 3 Comments

Upgraded to Roller 4.0

This site is now running Apache Roller 4.0. If you see anything funky, please let me know. As part of the upgrade, I did a bunch of spring cleaning, so it's possible I deleted some files I shouldn't have. As far as upgrading, the only issue I know of is this one where my categories are no longer in the same order. Since it didn't seem possible to fix easily, I decided to not worry about it and go ahead with the upgrade.

If you'd like to take Roller 4.0 for a test drive, you can use the Test Blog on this server. Username is test, password is roller.

I dig the new entries and comments counter:

Blog Stats - December 09, 2007

Posted in Roller at Dec 09 2007, 09:40:25 PM MST 8 Comments

This is the Hottest Blog on Programming

I received an e-mail this morning that said the following:

Congrats! Your blog has made it into the TOP 50 of The All Night Coder blog community, powered by SocialRank!!!

Then I clicked on the link they supplied and discovered I'm #1! Since I know it won't last, I figured I'd better take a screenshot. ;-)

Hottest Programming Blog

Posted in Roller at Dec 06 2007, 09:46:59 AM MST 3 Comments

Apache Roller, Acegi Security, LDAP and JA-SIG CAS

Earlier today, I delivered my talk on Apache Roller, Acegi Security and Single Sign-on. As part of this talk, I put together a couple of tutorials you might find useful:

NOTE: These tutorials are using Roller's trunk as we found some things to simplify LDAP integration tonight.

You can download a PDF version of my presentation from my publications page.

During the presentation I did a number of demos:

  • Installing Roller on Tomcat
  • Integrating Roller with Apache Directory Server
  • Integration Roller with CAS
  • Integrating CAS with LDAP

Rather than saving the demo for the end, I did it as the first part of my presentation. This worked extremely well - especially since I didn't have to worry about running out of time.

If you're using Roller, have you integrated it with LDAP or another SSO solution? If so, is it working well for you?

Posted in Roller at Oct 23 2007, 01:38:40 AM MDT 5 Comments

Roller Themes

Eugene Strokin has been doing an excellent job migrating Free CSS Templates to Roller Themes. So far, he's done 10 and it doesn't look like he's stopping any time soon. Well done Eugene! IMO, nice-looking themes for Roller has been one of its biggest missing features.

Now if we could only use Roller to power the Apache project site...

Posted in Roller at Aug 03 2007, 12:26:56 PM MDT 2 Comments

Webinar on Wednesday: Introduction to Apache Roller

If you're not doing anything this Wednesday, you might want to checkout my Introduction to Apache Roller Webinar. It's sponsored by Covalent and has the following agenda:

11:00: Introductions
11:05: What is Apache Roller 
11:10: Installing Roller
11:20: Roller Architecture
   - 11:25: Blog Customization
   - 11:35: Server Customization
11:40: Other Features: Using Weblog Clients and Planet
11:50: Q & A

Heck, even if you are doing something, you should still check it out - especially if you're planning on installing Roller for yourself or for your company. Here's the details and how to signup:

When:Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Time:11:00am PDT (2:00pm EDT)
Where:From the comfort of your home or office
Technical Level:Intermediate Technical Track

To register, click here and follow the provided steps.

About Covalent and Roller
Covalent recently announced it is offering full commercial support for Apache Roller, the open source blog server from the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Apache Roller drives the Covalent blog, Sun Microsystem's blogging site, IBM DeveloperWorks blogs, the Javalobby's 10,000 user strong JRoller Java community site, and hundreds of other blogs world-wide. Roller is a Java Web application that is run on any Java EE server and any relational database.

I think it's important to point out that JRoller and Roller are not the same thing. JRoller is a service provided by JavaLobby that provides free blogs, whereas Roller is the software that powers it. There's been a lot of negative press about JRoller in recent months and from talking to folks, it sounds like most of it is well-deserved. The service is down a fair amount and when it's up, it's extremely slow.

The good news is these problems should go away in the near future. From Matthew Schmidt in a recent JavaLobby Newsletter:

DZone Network Server Upgrades Coming
Over the weekend, Rick and I started the long and painful process of finally upgrading our three-year-old servers to some hardware that should let us scale and meet the needs of the network for the foreseeable future. With these new servers, comes some upgrades that many of you have been trying to beat into my head for months now, including an upgrade to a recent a version of Roller (powers JRoller) as I can find, and an upgrade to the latest and greatest Codebeamer (powers JavaForge). In addition, there's also going to be a much-needed make over to Javalobby and EclipseZone. Of course, these changes won't happen immediately and we'll be migrating to the new hardware first, but keep your eyes open for some nice updates to nearly all our communities. These upgrades have already started and we'd appreciate any feedback you have on whether things like Javalobby and EclipseZone are working properly. Drop me a line if you notice anything not working properly or feeling slow.

IMO, JavaLobby has been mostly mute about its stance on JRoller, and I've heard from folks there's virtually no support. My guess is this is because they've been concentrating on DZone so much. Maybe they need some volunteers to make JRoller more robust? Or maybe it should be moved to other servers that can make money off the service and re-invest it (like Hopefully nothing has to change and JRoller can become a higher priority for JavaLobby in the near future.

Update: The webinar went quite well - thanks to everyone who attended! You can download the PowerPoint (or PDF) and audio from Covalent's Webinars. Also, I mentioned a couple of Dave's presentations in my talk. You can download those by clicking on the links below:

Posted in Roller at Jun 18 2007, 04:13:28 PM MDT 4 Comments

RE: 5th anniversary of Blogging Roller

From the Blogging Roller himself:

Today is the fifth anniversary of this blog, which I started on April 11, 2002 to promote the Roller blog software that I had just finished writing.
Now, five years later, Roller has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become Apache Roller, blog-tech is my full-time job at Sun and I'm still Blogging Roller. Thanks to Roller users and contributors everywhere for helping to make this possible.

Congrats Dave - 5 years is 20 years in Internet Time isn't it?!

It's hard to believe I've been reading Blogging Roller for that long. Thanks to Dave for getting me into blogging and creating Roller. It was his article that got me interested in blogging and inspired me to setup this site. Thanks to Roller, I met Lance, who got Dave and I the Pro JSP deal, which lead me to create AppFuse.

Thanks Dave! I owe you a beer or 12 for all the good things you started.

It's funny to think back when there was only a handful of Java Bloggers: Russell, Dave, Lance, Erik and good ol' Mike. Remember Mike and his "Java blogs" blogroll? ;-)

Posted in Roller at Apr 11 2007, 09:27:41 AM MDT 1 Comment