Dave Johnson on open web technologies, social software and Java
For the first time since three-year-old Leo was born, Andi and I dumped *all* of the kids off with my parents (thanks Mom and Dad) in Chapel Hill and headed out to movie, dinner and a show. We saw Walk the Line, the Johnny Cash bio-pic. Ebert gave it the thumbs up, Rolling Stone says its Oscar material and we both loved it.
After the movie we were hoping to try Panang again, but we didn't have time for dinner. We had to meet Andi's brother and head back to Raleigh to see Carbon Leaf at the Lincoln Theater. Carbon Leaf put on an enjoyable show, but the music didn't really grab me, at least not enough to inspire any CD purchases. If I had to triangulate (using my out-of-date reference materal), I'd say they were Connells-style white-boy jam-pop, with celtic influences (penny whistle included) and Phish-like sing-along lyrics.
All and all, a very nice and kid-free night out.
I hate to be a party pooper, but what's the big deal with the "Red October" announcement?
In case you haven't heard, Sun has made it's entire software stack free and is bundling it all under the name Solaris Enterprise System. Big chunks of it are open source and some pieces are not, but now everything is free. It includes everything: operating sytem, database server, identity server, messaging server, collaboration server, portal server, SunRay server software, C/C++ IDE, high-end Java/UML IDE, web-centric Java/JSF IDE, office productivity suite and more.
Why is that a big deal? Jonathan Schwartz has already told the world that all Sun software will eventually be open source. So free and open source is not news. In fact, what's the hold up! And if you want any form of support, you still have to pay for licenses (contrary to what The Register thinks). Nothing new about that.
So what's the big deal? Is this going to get more customers trying our software, buying services/support and our mighty servers? Are we doing something that Microsoft, IBM and others are afraid to do? Does Solaris Enterprise System beat the crap out of Red Hat Enterprise system? I'm just an engineer, not hooked into Sun marketing strategy and I'm speaking for myself (as always here) but I bet the answer to those questions is yes. That's the big deal.
I ported another one Rebecca Wei's beautiful Wordpress themes to Roller, Ocadia You can see the results on Carl's blog. It was an easy port because the underlying HTML is almost identical to that in Almost Spring.
Comments are back, by the way.
It's really not that hard to do, but a couple of new Roller macros would make it a lot easier. After an hour or so, I ported Almost Spring to Roller. It's running on Otto's blog. I think I'm going to try a couple more.
I case you're wondering, most Wordpress themes are licensed under GPL. That means we can't include them in Roller (since Roller is Apache licensed), but somebody could offer a separately downloadable theme-pack.
One thing I noticed during this exercise is that Wordpress themes are dangerous. They're written in PHP, so you don't want Joe average user to edit them. As the Wordpress.com FAQ says templates are "untrusted code that we havenât verified" so template editing and importing are banned. Contrast that with Roller, where templates are written in Velocity and are therefore safe for end-user customization.
Roller 2.0 is now available on Roller's Java.Net download space. Roller 2.0 is a major release that includes:
This is a new release, but the Roller 2.0 codebase has been in use for weeks at a number of production sites, including blogs.sun.com and this site. Here are links to the updated documentation:
Happy Thanksgiving everybody and a big thanks to everybody who helped out with this release!
Last weekend, I helped Alex finish his first model: a 1/48th scale replica of a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt fighter. Alex did everything except for the putty/sanding work and some of the finer painting. I spent a *lot* of time building models and painting miniatures when I was a kid. I entered hobby store contests and even convinced my parents to buy an air-compressor and an airbrush for me. It's cool to rediscover some of that fun with Alex.
We've got the final build and the votes needed to release, so expect the Roller 2.0 release in the next couple of days.Update: Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005 -- Happy thanksgiving!
bash-3.00$ svn copy \ https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/roller/trunk \ https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/roller/tags/roller_2.0 \ -m "Tagging Roller 2.0 release" Committed revision 348727. bash-3.00$
The weekend is over so I suppose I should blog something to move that awful underwear experiment post down of the page. So how about this. As Rich Sharples asks, why would anybody use Websphere Community Edition rather than Glassfish/Sun Java App Server? Know why? Leave him a comment.