Apache Felix – Apache Felix Maven Bundle Plugin (BND)

Apache Felix – Apache Felix Maven Bundle Plugin (BND).

Very handy way of creating an OSGI bundle out of an otherwise normal Maven project.


Installing Grails from Source


Having converted the customer-facing pages of Wotif.com from a Freemarker/WebWork/EJB stack to a Grails/Spring3 stack earlier this year, I’m now officially a huge Grails fan. In setting up a new dev box, I wanted to install it – but who wants to install a download, huh? I wanted to build it from source (you can tell I’m a former Gentoo user!). Here’s what I did.

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Selenium Trick: Using a different DNS

I love Selenium. It’s a great tool, that does a damn fine job. But one thing I’ve been wanting to do for a while is to get it to use a different DNS server to the box it’s running on.

Here’s how you do it:

java -Dsun.net.spi.nameservice.provider.1=dns,sun -Dsun.net.spi.nameservice.nameservers= -jar selenium-server.jar

(Caveat: may not work on non-Sun JVMs. Does work on OSX, though…)
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Maven – still giving me the shits

Some months ago, I wrote about how the Maven Eclipse Plugin 2.7 release didn’t fix a bug introduced in 2.6

Well, neither does the newly released 2.8 version.

Guys, I know you didn’t hear me earlier, but for pity’s sake – DO NOT RELEASE SOFTWARE while you still have critical bugs open. If you don’t want to fix the bugs, edit the issue so it’s no longer bloody marked as critical.

OSGi Diaries – Creating A Bundle

Covers turning the simple web app from the first installment into a simple web app using an OSGi Bundle.

In the first installment, I outlined a simple web application. In this post, I will be turning that application into two parts – an OSGi bundle, with a client web app.
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OSGi Diaries – A short series

I’m going to be spending some time over the next couple of weeks learning about OSGi – there is an application at work that we want to try and make more modular. In particular, we’d like to be able to share the back tier with more front end clients. The more conventional modularisation techniques, such as EJBs, have been tried and didn’t work fairly well. Simply creating more deployments is prohibitive, due to hardward And before someone asks “why not just stick a web service on it and share that way” – some of the front end clients will be those web services. To cut a long story short, one of the options we want to check out is OSGi.

The only problem is that there isn’t much in the way written up on the web about writing OSGi components – at least not without invoking magic tools (e.g. Maven plugins) that don’t work on any version of any tool developed six months later. Which is odd, because OSGi, as a spec, doesn’t look that hard to write too. So, I thought I’d write up a series describing the initial investigative spikes, starting as close to the metal as possible and working up.
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Hudson Plugin for Eclipse

Lusting over the Atlassian Connector’s support for Bamboo made me decide to check out what support there was for Hudson in Eclipse. So I checked out the Hudson Eclipse Plugin. My thoughts: not bad, but not great – a lot of potential is there, though.

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