Monday 21 January 2008

[LazyWeb] using Subversion as a front end to Confluence?

I hack a lot of Confluence spaces as part of my job. I've been working on the UFace project at Google Code so I've been getting used to the Google way.

One of the great things about google code is that the wiki is in subversion as *.wiki files; so you can edit them in any text editor (and TextMate comes with great MoinMoin syntax support, you just have to install the bundle...). So you can grab your wiki content, jump on a plane, hack it with your favourite editor then check in your changes when you're next online.

I wonder how hard it'd be to sync Confluence content with a subversion repo; so folks could still use the online Confluence site to edit content, which would get mirrored to an svn repo as *.wiki files - then folks could commit to the svn repo to update the confluence database? Anyone ever tried?

Friday 18 January 2008

bored of your OS X desktop? Try DeskLickr

DeskLickr rocks! Have your desktop change every few minutes/hours using a nice new picture from flickr using tagged queries. Neat!

Thursday 17 January 2008

Quick review of Leopard, the latest OS X

I finally bought and upgraded to Leopard. Am liking it so far; Spaces is nice (though with a 30" and my 17" screens, I don't need many spaces, am mostly using a separate space for mail). The neatest thing of Spaces is when you use Expose to view your spaces (I'm using the move the mouse to the bottom right corner gesture), it shows both my 2 screens aligned for each space where I can drag and drop between both screens and spaces.

I love the new look and Cover Flow on Finder; don't much use the Dock as I use QuickSilver so the Stacks stuff doesn't get used.

I've gotta wait for me to buy a TimeCapsule before I can try out TimeMachine which does look cool. Apple are so good at sucking money out of my pocket :). Am gonna have to buy an Apple TV now too.... Wonder how long before they'll support the UK on movie rentals.

So far I still prefer iTerm to Terminal due to it being able to have preconfigured named shells & starting directories (I've often got tons of shells open).

The upgrade was great; I just installed the DVD, kicked off the install and came back later and it was all completed.

So far the only real nit was bash shells lost their prompt, so I had to add this to my .bashrc
export PS1="\w> "
Not an amazing upgrade or anything, but I am preferring Leopard.

Update : I've just noticed TextEdit now opens OpenDoc files natively - nice!

Wednesday 16 January 2008

OpenSnoop is pretty handy!

See the details of how to use it on Leopard. I just used it to track the progress of my S3 online backup which was most useful.

Thursday 10 January 2008

Develop rich UI applications in Eclipse/JFace, Swing, GWT, GWT-Ext or MyGWT using the same code via UFace

UFace is hot! Its early days & needs more work, but check out Tom's post on UFace progress - or even better come along and join the fun :)