Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta. developer.okta.com

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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.

Upgraded to Tomcat 5.0.19 + thoughts on Resin

I spent 5 minutes tonight and upgraded this site to use Tomcat 5.0.19. Everything seems to be working fine, save for a couple of new messages in catalina.out:

24-Feb-2004 7:48:34 PM org.apache.jk.common.HandlerRequest decodeRequest
WARNING: Error registering request
24-Feb-2004 7:48:44 PM org.apache.jk.common.HandlerRequest invoke
INFO: Unknown message 0

After talking with Rick last weekend, I'm going to try and migrate to Resin as my main dev appserver. The motivating factor was hearing Resin and Orion are so much faster than Tomcat. Sure I've heard this many times before, but mostly from Jakarta-haters. Rick's opinion holds a bit more water for me. Of course, he mentioned that his findings where based on Resin 2.x and Tomcat 4.x. I'd love to see a performance comparison between the latest versions of Orion, Resin and Tomcat.

I hope to modify AppFuse so it can easily run with Tomcat or Resin with a simple property switch. I've already started that process, but I hit a small snag.

I also hope to migrate this site to Resin 3.x soon. If nothing else, it'd be nice to learn more about Resin - and we all know the best way to learn a new technology is to interact with it on a daily basis.

Posted in Java at Feb 24 2004, 08:01:10 PM MST 11 Comments

Spring 1.0 will support iBATIS 2.0

According to this post on the Spring forums, Juergen has just added support for iBATIS SQL Maps 2.0. Very nice!

Posted in Java at Feb 24 2004, 05:49:41 PM MST 6 Comments

NYC: DisplayTag and Struts Menu

At the NYC Conference, I'm going to be talking about The Display Tag and Struts Menu. I figure the best presentations are ones that cover new features or introduce something new. So I'm hoping to add the following features to the two libraries in the next month. Please let me know if there are other's you'd really like to see - or ones that'd make the audience go *wow*.

DisplayTag: I'd like to add this pagination enhancement so you can get easy interaction between the records displayed and the records fetched. I'd also like to see sorting by property, not be contents. Lastly, I hope to add an example that does CRUD on a table using JSTL and simple checkbox and input fields.

Struts Menu: A lot of users are interested in seeing a menu that's created from a database table. This shouldn't be too difficult because examples are out there. I was also thinking of adding support for the Joust Outliner, but it doesn't look like it's still developer or actively used. If there's interest, I'll add it.

If you think I'm blogging a lot today (don't you work Raible?), it's because I'm on babysitting duty. Abbie is sick with a fever and Julie had to go to work - so my work day starts when she gets home. I've got the little one tied up with a little Winnie the Pooh action right now...

Later: The DHTML Kitchen has some nice menus, but they're not free. Anyone know of open source menus like these?

Posted in Java at Feb 24 2004, 02:41:26 PM MST 33 Comments

Construction on our house starts next week!

We finally closed on our construction loan to double the size of our (675 square foot) house this morning! It took us 2 months to get a loan because of some credit issues our builder had. We stuck with him because we interviewed a bunch of builders/architects and he seems like the best fit for us. He also came highly recommended from the folks he's done remodels for. So while I'm pumping out code this spring, I'll get to listen to a team of construction workers tear this place apart.

We will have to move out about a month or so after they begin. Luckily, our neighbors (who are wicked cool) just bought a new house and we're in negotiations with their landlord to move in there. Hopefully it all works out as planned. I expect this place will be done when Munchkin #2 is about 2-3 months old - or right around Abbie's 2nd birthday. Happy Day!

Posted in General at Feb 24 2004, 12:03:39 PM MST 1 Comment

Speaking at MySQL User Conference

MySQL User Conference Speaker I've been accepted to present a 30 minute session on AppFuse at the MySQL User Conference in Orlando! I would have never thought to even apply, but Mark Matthews sent me an e-mail and convinced me to give it a shot. Now I'm pumped that I did. Here is the abstract for Easy Java Development with MySQL:

Using my open source AppFuse application, I will show how easy it is to setup a MySQL database using Ant, create the Tables using Hibernate/Ant and populate it using DBUnit.

Other events I'm speaking at in the next couple of months include a one-day conference in NYC on Developing Webapps using Open Source Tools and a Basic Concepts presentation on AppFuse at Denver's JUG in June.

Now the only question is - should I use PowerPoint/Keynote or enhance my simply preso app to write these presentations?

Posted in Java at Feb 24 2004, 11:45:40 AM MST 11 Comments

Java.net vs. SourceForge

I think it's about time I moved AppFuse from the Struts project on SourceForge to its own project. That way, I'll have more control over controlling spam on mailing lists, adding developers and other such stuff. So the question is - should I stick with SF or move to java.net? I'm fairly happy with SF, except for their recent CVS hiccup and regular CVS outages. It's cool that java.net gives you a wiki, but I doubt I'll convert all my JSPWiki wiki pages to java.net's wiki syntax (whatever it is). So I guess the question is for you folks that have used both (i.e. OpenSymphony developers): Is java.net better than SF?

Dave asked this same question in June of last year - and Roller still lives on SourceForge. I wonder if that's any indication?

Posted in Java at Feb 24 2004, 09:18:56 AM MST 6 Comments