Coding Java

Google I/O 2008

I had the pleasure of attending Google I/O in San Francisco this year.  I’m only getting to posting about it now because work has been far too insane for me to even stop and think about all the glorious things I heard about during the conference.

In fact, I still find it hard to come up with any one outstanding part of the conference.  It was all so awesome, and all so in depth.

If there is anything that I brought out of it, it’s a desire to learn more Java and figure out some ideas to deal with GWT and Android.  Those are two pretty hot topics in my mind right now.

I was also impressed with the Google Earth and Google Maps API integration.  That’s a pretty sweet package right there.  I love maps, and man making maps with Google is fun.

Hopefully I’ll be able to put together some cool things for work in the near future.  I’ve got one project requiring maps and travel data right now, so we’ll see what that brings.

I also have a desire to actually figure out a Rubiks Cube.  Thanks Google, it was a blast.  See you next year, I hope.

Coding Java Linux

Eclipse and Ubuntu 8.04

I was having some trouble running Eclipse 3.3 Europa on Hardy Heron.  It was unstable, crashing a lot, and hogging way more ram than it normally hogs.

Then I realized what I’d forgotten to do on this fresh install.  I forgot to simply ‘sudo update-java-alternatives -s java-6-sun’ and voila, it works like a charm.

Eclipse doesn’t work well with the gjc java (the ‘free’ and default) Hopefully this little thing won’t be an issue in the future when sun java 7 (open java) is ready to rock the free world.


Useless: 10 body parts with 3 letter names

eye, ear, lip, hip, toe, rib, jaw, arm, leg, gum

And now for slang, because it’s so much more fun…

tit, ass, bag, vag, nip, cap, rod, rim…


Subversion on the Mac

Why does subversion on the Mac have to suck so bad?

Sure there’s apps, SvnX, SCPlugin for Finder, and a few others that typically suck — and unfortunately I always end up using Eclipse and it’s Subversion plugin.

But really, the user friendliness of it all is making my stomach turn.

Coding Java Linux PHP

Installing PHP Java Bridge on Ubuntu

Source Install

First, make sure all php packages are updated — if you update PHP after installing this, it will likely segfault.

For the purpose of this, I’m using Ubuntu 7.10, and Java 6 (sun-java6)

First, get the build essential, as well as php5-dev, sun java and automake

# apt-get install build-essential php5-dev sun-java6-jre \
    sun-java6-jdk sun-java6-source automake

Second, get the PHP/Java bridge source.

# cd /usr/src
# wget
# tar xzfv php-java-bridge_5.2.0.tar.gz

And, install.

# cd /usr/src/php-java-bridge-5.2.0
# phpize
# ./configure --with-java=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun-,/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun-
# make
# chmod +x
# ./

Answering the questions for the install script is fairly simple. It looks for some tomcat stuff for the servlet portion of the Java Bridge, but we won’t be using it.

Copy *.inc to someplace it can be found.

# mkdir /usr/share/php/java
# cp *.inc /usr/share/php/java


# php test.php

By default, java is only enabled in the command line php; to enable it in the global instances of php, edit the php.ini file and add the extension.

;; java.ini: Activate the PHP/Java extension

;; zend_extension = "/path/to/"
extension =

;; If you have installed the java-servlet.ini leave this file alone,
;; edit the servlet or standalone ini file.  Otherwise uncomment the
;; following java section and one of the following options:

There are no other options required. Make sure the java.hosts and java.servlet are disabled. If logging is desired, that’s another story.


Installing Leopard on HFS+, Journalled, Case Sensitive

I’m a big geek, and I love case sensitive file systems. It means a file LikeThis.txt is not the same as a file likethis.txt and that really helps with consistency in a developers world.

Oops! What a horrible Idea. Well, not really – There’s only one thing wrong.

As it turns out 3rd party applications still live in the stone ages. Adobe CS3 will refuse to install. There are a few other apps that apparently go sour as well (popcap games). Of course because Adobe CS3 is a sack of shit – and you cannot install it to another volume (wtf is with that?) – I may just not bother installing it at all. At least the games will still run from their respective DMG files.

My only other real option is to format again and do a full restore of what I’ve got installed right now using Time Machine…

All I can say is lame lame lame. Get with it Adobe (and you few others, PopCap games for example)