I’m sitting in training this week with our Solution Architects team and was talking to my long time colleague Scott Fehrman about a customer I recently met and a mention of the Open Provisioning ToolKit (OpenPTK) in one of the slides. OpenPTK is an open source project that Scott, Terry Sigle and Derrick Harcey founded at Sun Microsystems some years ago.
As we’re talking Scott realized that the website that hosted OpenPTK source code, issues and downloads (java.net) is gone. As he had a copy of the latest version, he put it back online on his github account.
If anyone is using OpenPTK and would like to get the code, or even better work on it, it has raised from the hashes and is now publicly available:
I’m one of the organisers of a developers’ conference here in Grenoble, France, the SnowCamp. The 3rd edition took place last week at Minatec. During 3 days, we hosted 10 University workshops, 40 presentations, 3 keynotes, and welcomed 375 attendees. And on the Saturday, we ran a smaller unconference with some of the speakers on the snowy slopes of Chamrousse, the closest ski resort to Grenoble.
It has been 4 very intense days, but I’m really happy with how smooth the event went, and I’m excited to help organising it again next year (no spoiler, but it should take place end of January 2019).
My photos of the event are on my Flickr account, but they are also aggregated with other photographers’ shots on the SnowCamp Flickr Album.
Today’s @CommitStrip carton made me laugh… And hopefully this is not how my colleagues think I can fix bugs :
When the PM fixes a bug…
IzPack, the open source, Java based, cross-platform packager installer project is celebrating its 10th birthday with 2 releases and an impressive list of companies using the technology.
In OpenDJ, we have our own Java based (Java WebStart based) installer, but if I had to redo it, I would definitely pick IzPack to build it, for its easiness, cross-platform support and great look and feel.
Long live to IzPack !
With the arrival of the App Store for Mac OS X, the first application I installed and tried is Twitter 2.0.
Twitter is the client that I’m using on the iPhone and I’ve heard good things about the Tweetie, Mac version, and a lot of expectations for the 2.0 version.
Twitter 2.0 has an new user interface that is a different than other OS -X applications, but it’s very easy to get used to it. It’s a single column app, with an icon toolbar on the side giving access to the timeline, mentions, direct messages, lists, searches… It supports multiple accounts and fits really well on the side of the screen with smooth scrolling when new tweets arrive or when changing view. It’s very lightweight in memory and on the CPU, which is a good thing for apps that are opened all day long on the desktop.
But Twitter 2.0 lacks some of the features that I’m used to with my other Twitter client application : Nambu.
The biggest and most important missing feature for me is the lack of notification on Searches. I understand that this is probably a design choice to prevent overloading twitter service, but I have a set of predefined terms that I’m tracking and for which I want almost real time notification.
The other missing features I noticed are notifications for lists, the auto-completion of user names, the possibility to translate tweets written in Foreign language, and most importantly the indication that a tweet has been read or not, especially between restart of the application.
For those reasons, Nambu remains my preferred application for reading and posting to Twitter. But I can see the Twitter application quickly taking over the desktop of the regular users.