I can’t believe I’m writing about this, but here goes…
Offshoring is part of a continuing trend of economic displacement. In its current form, it’s been going since about the mid ’70s, when cheap bulk transportation (ocean-going cargo ships) combined with an increase in industrialisation in undeveloped countries (specifically: Japan and Taiwan at the time) started to result in manufacturing jobs heading to cheaper countries. This trend continued, and now the vast bulk of manufacturing work occurs along the Asian Pacific Rim (though I’d expect Africa to pick up if the political situation there ever stabilises).
Continue reading “When offshoring can work”
Jon Eaves of Thoughtworks was writing on managing Eclipse updates and how to preserve your environment between upgrades.
Continue reading “Eclipse Update servers”
I got asked a very simple question today: how do you go about adding unit tests to an already existing J2EE app? In particular, so you can test your logic standalone, without needing to go through a deployment cycle and test it in the server?
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I saw a post on Dion Almaer’s blog on named parameters, and I thought I’d add my 2 cents worth.
Continue reading “Named parameters (aka Let’s Join A Bandwagon)”
In many ways, the essence of my role at work is to foster a learning community. This is more than just a “learning environment” – all a learning environment does is to supply resources for learning. Essentially, it’s passive, just like any environment is.
Continue reading “Learning communties – damn, they’re hard to grow”
I encountered a lovely piece of Classpath Hell thanks to Weblogic (7.0) today. Or rather a colleague of mine did; I just helped him figure it out.
Continue reading “A Weblogic “Kitchen Sink” episode”
I hit a really stupid problem today, and I’ve only got myself to blame (as usual).
The problem was really simple. I was making an object that needed to know when it was created. This creation date wasn’t necessarily “now”, so I was passing a Calendar object in to the constructor of the object to represent the creation date.
Continue reading “Aliasing problems and final member variables”