29 Jul 2000 matt   » (Journeyer)

I love working with the window open during a thundershower. It's great. Everyone should have an openable window next to their workstations. Of course I could also go outside and get wet... that's always fun.

Gave in to curiosity and installed Tomcat on gamera, even though I was going to make it a work-only project. I figure, though, since work gave me a reprieve from the otherwise tedious pushing of the inventory data into our Oracle apps system through a terminal session -- we were going to do that tonight -- that I can do some semi-work-related stuff at home. (Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Oracle did not see fit to make interfaces for physical inventory, so we spent many $$$ a few years ago to have an interface written so a Perl script could talk directly to the human interface.) But now one of our DCs isn't going to do their third (cleanup of discrepancies between first and second) count today, so we won't be entering anything till Monday at the earliest.

Anyway, back to Tomcat. I'm pretty impressed with what I've seen so far. Obviously, Java developers are already really into the whole servlet and JSP thing. I haven't done any serious Java since I wrote half of a DNS resolver library in JDK 1.0.2 years ago, but the whole thing just screams well-engineered to me, especially when contrasted to last month's exponentially mounting frustration with Zope. I think what I like most is that it tries to do as little as possible and allows you to build your own framework (or use others') on top of it. Right now all I've managed to do some basic header/footer stuff, and automatically-generated breadcrumbs... but more is coming.

I'm noticing several people using the word "diarist". It's one of those things where I wonder if people started using it because I did, because it was one of those words I thought might be a real word but had to look it up. (It is a real word, for those of you who are wondering.) Then again, the rest of the world might have just been using it and I only noticed subconsciously, kind of like when you get a new car and for the first time in your life, you notice the other people driving the same model.

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