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Monday, February 23, 2004
       

Top 15 Ant Best Practices
This article summarizes several of my favorite Ant tips or best practices. Many were inspired by mistakes made on previous projects, or from horror stories relayed to me from other developers.
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Understanding JAXB: Java Binding Customization
Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB) is a specification (or standard) that automates the mapping between XML documents and Java objects and vice versa. One of the primary components of JAXB is the schema compiler. The schema compiler is the tool used to generate Java bindings from an XML schema document. If used in its default mode (for non-trivial applications), the compiler usually generates bindings that are awkward to work with. This article will look at various methods you can use to customize the generated bindings.
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What's New in Tomcat 5
On Dec. 3, 2003, the Apache Tomcat developers released their latest version of the popular open source Java servlet and JSP container, version 5.0.16, as the first stable release of Tomcat 5. If you're already running Tomcat 4, you'll be happy to know that Tomcat 5 is easy to migrate to, and has many new features that make it advantageous to upgrade. In this article, we'll take a look at the latest features in Tomcat 5. To start things off, we'll offer some insight into the goals established for version 5.0, which in many cases impacted the development of these new additions. In reviewing 5.0's new features, we found it helpful to look back at how they evolved, so we'll very often provide a nod to their roots in versions 4.1 and earlier. But first, let's take a look at the significance of this latest version numbering.
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Pragmatic Programmers, Pt2
Pragmatic Programmers Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas talk with Bill Venners about a gardening metaphor for software development, the reasons coding is not mechanical, and the importance of getting feedback during development by firing tracer bullets. This article features some highlights from a sequence of conversations between Andy, Dave, and Bill that originally appeared on Artima.com.
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Pragmatic Programmers, Pt1
Pragmatic Programmers Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas talk with Bill Venners about software craftsmanship, the importance of fixing the small problems in your code (the "broken windows") so that they don't grow into large problems, and making design decisions that are reversible and adaptive. This article features some highlights from a sequence of conversations between Andy, Dave, and Bill that originally appeared on Artima.com.
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