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I was invited to present a short introduction to Scala, to the Johannesburg Java Users Group last night.  The presentation covered some basic language  syntax and features of Scala.

Big thanks to Micheal Williams  and the JJUG members hosting me.

Introduction to Scala : Jozi JUG

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2011 in Scala

 

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CloudFoundry.com

CloudFoundry.com

VMWare has started beta testing their PAAS (Platform as a service) offering via Cloud Foundry.

What is quite appealing about Cloud Foundry’s offering is that they support a number of languages: Java/Spring, Scala, Node.js.

I’ve signed up for an account and have had it approved, so we’re all set to start evaluating this offering against the likes of Google’s AppEngine and Amazon’s EC2 and BeanStalk

Cloud Foundry

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in SAAS

 
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Polymorph Systems

Polymorph Systems

A great highlight from AppsWorld – Africa 211 for me has to be Herman Lintvelt’s (@hermanlintvelt) presentation on Domain Specific Language programming using the XText framework and Applause.

The idea behind this method of application development is to abstract the device specific (boiler-plate) code from the business code to avoid having multiple code bases for each device, model or platform.

Domain Specific Language : Programming with Purpose

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2011 in Site News

 

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Code Commit has a great series called Scala for Java Refugees that helps introduce Scala concepts to Java developers.

Coincidently, this week The Java Posse are having an deep discussion on Scala Adoption.

Scala for Java Refugees

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Reference, Scala

 

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My QwikInvoice CRM Google AppEngine application is still under development as time permits.  I’ve been using the JDO api, but it appears the Objectify is the more efficient way of working with the datastore.  So, i guess I’ll be refactoring QwikInvoice to use objectify-appengine.

Objectify-AppEngine

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in SAAS

 

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 Another facet of my pursuit of code nirvana is reading up on HTML.  I got the Introducing HTML5 ebook for some more light reading.

I’m Reading ‘Introducing HTML5’

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in HTML5

 

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Ubuntu

So, I finally had the time to make my 2007 MacBook (2.2) Pro useful again by installing Ubuntu 11.04 on to it.

My vision for the MBP is that it will become a development/coding machine…portable and geeky 🙂

How did I do it?  Well, I first killed off the OSX (10.4 I think it was) and repartition the whole disc.  I had a lot of junk on there so I thought of it as a clean sweep.  I re-installed OSX and then installed rEFIt that would help me dual-boot and install via the Ubuntu Live disc.

The process of install Ubuntu was quite straight forward and without issue.  Ubuntu appears to work straight outta the box.

Ubuntu 11.04 on MacBook Pro (2.2)

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Ubuntu

 

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