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Jetty and Eclipse Integration

Posted by indroneel on June 18, 2007

The Jetty web server is a standards compliant J2EE container that is regularly updated to conform with the latest servlet and JSP specifications. Because of its embeddable nature, it is a popular choice with developers who need to incorporate a servlet container /web server in their applications. It is also a natural choice to quickly debug and test web applications that are being developed using the Eclipse IDE. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted in desktop, development, productivity, programming | 7 Comments »

The Portable Workspace

Posted by indroneel on April 21, 2007

The term ‘workspace’ means different things to different people depending on the context in which it is used. In this article we shall use this term to denote the set of applications and associated data pertaining to an user’s daily activities on a single computer.

The user’s workspace is a dynamic environment. Applications are added or removed, usually using installation processes defined by the underlying operating system. At the same time, data associated with those applications are continuously modified. Workspaces tend to get fragmented over time with application files and user data spread across multiple folders in totally unrelated paths such as user profile, system and application root directories. All these factors make the workspace non-portable.

A portable workspace is one that can be moved across multiple computers without requiring repeated installation, customization and data setup. Such repetitions can be quite an overhead if your workspace includes applications that are non-trivial in nature (e.g. office suites, Web browsers, mail clients, multimedia tools and development environments to name a few). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in desktop, open source, productivity | 5 Comments »

Scripting Web Graphics

Posted by indroneel on April 18, 2007

Creation of even the simplest graphical elements can be a tiresome experience without a prior background and training in visual design. Most developers would rather work on the next application functionality than fiddle around with Photoshop and similar imaging tools. Usability and aesthetics are considered to be the prerogatives of Web designers as a distinct and separate group of professionals.

This article takes a closer look at some of the major issues faced by programmers with image manipulation and proposes a developer-friendly solution for the same. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in development, graphics, productivity, programming, web | 2 Comments »

Browser on Steroids

Posted by indroneel on March 14, 2007

The last couple of years has been an era of unprecedented information growth. In 2006 alone, 161 billion gigabytes of digital information were created and copied. Even if we were to take a small percentage of this information as ‘relevant’ and ‘useful’, it still is a staggering volume to digest.

If you are a power surfer embarking on an information safari online, the default browser that comes bundled with the operating system proves to be inadequate even before you start. To be sure you will need a variety of additional stand-alone tools, but first, it is time to beef up that web browser. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in browser, desktop, feed reader, internet, knowledge base, open source, productivity, search, software, syndication, web | 4 Comments »

I Know I Read It Somewhere

Posted by indroneel on March 5, 2007

An Internet clipbook is a collection of Web page snippets, documents and links organized for easy browsing and quick accessibility. The imagery is drawn from a “real” paper scrapbook that contains among other things, photographs, handwritten memos, newspaper and magazine cuttings. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in desktop, internet, knowledge base, productivity, software, web | 2 Comments »