31 March 2009

Last Day to Get 40% Off of ActiveMQ in Action

Today is the last day to get 40% off of ActiveMQ in Action (either print+ebook or just ebook). Just use the coupon code activemq40 to get the discount at the time of checkout. Hurry!

UPDATE: I've just been informed that the code above was mistakenly deactivated for a short time and has since been corrected. Now this code will not expire until tomorrow. So now you have an additional day!

30 March 2009

The Sheep Market

This has been around the internet for a few years but it's still neat. If you haven't seen The Sheep Market yet, you should check it out. My kids love it and enjoy looking at the sheep drawings. Not only that, but the app itself is kinda cool.

17 March 2009

Apache Camel and EIP at JavaOne 2009

Looks like I'll be headed to San Francisco to speak at JavaOne in June. If you're at all familiar with the wonderful Enterprise Integration Patterns book, then this will be of interest to you since it's focused on using the EIP patterns in your applications.

I'm doing a session titled Enterprise Integration Patterns In Practice with Andreas Egloff from Sun. Andi is going to speak about Fuji and I'll be talking about Apache Camel. Both software packages allow you to make use of EIP patterns in their own way. We're planning to discuss the patterns themselves and where they might fit into your applications, the use of Domain Specific Languages to express EIP patterns, the relation of EIP patterns to items such as Message Oriented Middleware and Service Oriented Architecture and we'll do a demo of both Fuji and Camel.

12 March 2009

Direct Linux Kernel Input

CAUTION: Wicked powerful feature in Linux

I've worked with Linux since back around 1995 or 1996 and I was not aware of this feature until yesterday. Did you know that you can send commands directly into the Linux kernel via /proc/sysrq-trigger? You can instruct the kernel to perform such tasks as rebooting the kernel and crashing the system among many others. This winds up being very handy for testing purposes (and incredibly powerful).

Just don't invoke this command without first checking with your sysadmin or you might be heavily flogged.

10 March 2009

40% Off of ActiveMQ in Action!

Starting today Manning is offering 40% off ActiveMQ in Action (either print+ebook or just ebook) redeemable at checkout. You can use the coupon code activemq40 to get the discount. This offer expires on Tuesday, 31 March 2009.

Your Mom wants you to buy this book!

05 March 2009

Web Designer/Webmaster Position at SpringSource

Please DO NOT APPLY for this position if you:

  • Are a talentless hack whose best skill is procrastination

  • You crumble under pressure

  • You disdain collaborating with coworkers

Please DO APPLY for this position if you:

  • Enjoy working in Flash, Illustrator and Photoshop

  • Live to hack CSS, Javascript and PHP

  • You are enthusiastic and focused on users and their experience on your websites

  • You enjoy working with an incredibly talented group of folks

  • You want to work for a company whose products are incredibly popular and have been adopted far and wide

At SpringSource we're looking for somebody who lives to handle everything about websites from graphic design to technical infrastructure to marketing to support to site analytics.


Systems Integration Has Done It Again, Mein Furer

Below is a clip from a film about Nazi Germany named Downfall(Der Untergang in German - thanks Emmanuel). The subtitles were added so as to relate the entire clip to systems integration and the seeming battle over control amongst teams inside of a company (as well as a little hat tip to my friend Ross and his system integration product named Mule). This had me laughing out loud a few times - absolutely hilarious!

For some reason the embedded video is a bit chopped so here's the link to YouTube.