July 12, 2008
There’s a few things that annoy me, the widgets in GWT don’t easily allow you set an id on them, which means when it comes to testing, Selenium etc. has difficulty. So I’ve started a project called Geez that aims to add a bit more of a fluent way of building GWT apps… find it here:
Please note, they are very young, and I haven’t spent lots of time on them yet – so don’t whinge too much! That said, I’m more than happy for people to contribute ideas, code, tea – anything, just ping me.
July 8, 2008
I had an interesting discussion with someone I work with over pairing sessions today, and I was very impressed with his conclusion. This was, albeit subtle – ‘there are some people that you pair with, where the best of both of you come out in the code, and there are others, where the worst of both of you come out in the code’.
Too true… there are definite boundaries when pairing, and allowing your pair to explore the code within those boundaries, before reeling them in, is a good thing. However it is definitely down to the pair as to where those boundaries lie. Sometimes there may be no scope for allowing debt / poor quality code in, and in others, it may be acceptable as the pair trusts itself to go back and fix the poor quality code before (or immediately after) checking in.
June 14, 2008
I’ve learned a lot in the few months I’ve been working with it, but I thought I’d share a application design pattern that a previous team I was on used to develop Swing applications.
It’s called PAC (Presentation-Abstraction-Control), and it lends itself remarkably well to GWT applications.
I’m working on an example screencast which runs through the basics – hopefully this will be followed by some more in depth stuff.
May 2, 2008
This is another toolset which I’ve been meaning to blog about for a long time. Currently we’re using JEDI throughout my current projects code base to remove the need to write a lot of annoying boiler plate code. We’ve also found when used in the right places, it actually improves the overall readability and power of the code base – enabling the developers to produce better code faster.
It works by doing code generation based on annotations added to the model classes themselves – producing Commands, Functors and Filters.
To give you some idea about when and how to use JEDI – there are some good examples on their website, that explain how to use the annotations.
March 5, 2008
Having been a long standing blogger on JRoller – I’ve decided to move my blog to here. The simple fact is JRoller is a pain in the ass to use when it comes to formatting text in a nice way, and I’m fed up with the restrictions on the file types you can upload.
For looking at my previous posts, I’ve left the other one up at The Saturday morning hangover on JRoller.
More to come shortly…