28 Jul 2000 matt   » (Journeyer)

Ho hum. Watching my crufty old SPARCstation 20 (at work) crawl along doing an Oracle 8i install; we plan on moving to 8i here at work late this year or early next. The machine itself is really quite a sight, especially since in lieu of new hardware, I scrounged up three external 2GB drives and concatenated them into a 6GB volume. I am geeked about one thing -- with Oracle iAS (which we'll also be deploying; getting sick of the italics yet?), just about everything is dependent on Java in some way, and the idea of finally getting a chancel to figure out servlets and JSP at my job instead of yet another project at home is cool. I'd played with Tomcat some, and thought it might be cool to pick up sometime (especially considering my frustration with Zope's bugginess and shortcomings). Of course, it looks really good on a resume too :-)

While I'm talking about Jakarta, I should mention that they have some really cool stuff there that Java's been missing for some time. Daniel Savarese, formerly of ORO, Inc. has donated ORO's software to Jakarta. ORO's regex package is pretty much the de facto standard for regular expressions in Java, especially considering they're Perl 5 compatible. I hope more software donations like this come up, and especially under more friendly licenses like Apache's; Java stuff as of late has been (IMO) very well-engineered and useful, and contributions like this make it more so. Now maybe we'll see Java moved away from that icky SCSL and into an Apache-style license... :-)

Committed a few ports changes last night; got maintainer approval for kaffe to FAKE it and clean it up, and also grabbed ownership of the previously unowned enscript port, cleaning it up in the process. I think I'll stick to easier ports like these for awhile until I'm more comfortable, and to minimize the permanent etching of my mistakes into the OpenBSD source tree.

nymia: I'm not sure if you'll ever see this, and I really, really wish there was some way for people to see whose diaries are linking to theirs (sometime I'll have to look at the code and contribute that feature, I suppose), but glad you were impressed, and you seem to be on the right track.

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