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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Your Amazon Wish List is Public!

I'll bet you didn't know that! I sure didn't.

Just go to http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/search and search for your friends & enemies.

Hours (well ok, minutes) of fun seeing what everyone desires.

We're number 1!

I found a neat app called RankForest, which simplifies an authors task of checking their Amazon sales statistics every 20 minutes. Looks like Pro Web 2.0 Application Development with GWT is doing well! (Ok that's #1 out of GWT books and not #1 out of all books on Amazon, but still, considering there's no magic wands in the whole book it's not bad. Amazon Top 100)

The book also got it's first review on Amazon the other day and I'm pleased to report that that was positive as well. Whew.

Thanks to everyone who came to my talk on Real GWT Applications at TheServerSide Prague. If you missed it, the presentation is up on ToCollege.net's download section. I focussed on the three stumbling blocks that I've found when using GWT. Design patterns for integration with a web framework, Hibernate, and Security.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

MySQL Apology

I need to apologize for recommending MySQL in my book Pro Web 2.0 Application Development with GWT.

I didn't realize it didn't support DDL in transactions.

I thought it was a real database.

Please forgive me.

I promise never to do it again and to always use PostgreSQL.

Seriously, migrations have been one of my favorite parts of working with Rails at my new company and using the transactional_migration plugin made working with them all the sweeter. Not being able to do this on ToCollege.net without a switch to Postgres is really bumming me out.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Maven & GWT a new simple plugin

One small part of the ToCollege.net site is its Maven / GWT integration. While there were a number of projects that tried to make this work I found them either overkill or dead in the water.

As of today, I've released the net.tocollege.gwt_maven plugin as open source on Google Code.

See how to integrate this into your pom.xml here.

See the source code here.

And check out Pro Web 2.0 Application Development with GWT for some 400 pages of walk through of the ToCollege.net project.