Category Archives: Tools

NetBeans 7 has no UML tools?

After mentioning earlier that I am using Omnigraffle to create UML diagrams, I remembered that NetBeans once had a decent UML tool. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find anything for the most recent NB 7 or 7.0.1 version. Oddly, the NetBeans page itself refers us to JDeveloper for UML support. Why point me to… Read More »

Omnigraffle and UML?

Some coworkers recently recommended Omnigraffle to me as a UML diagramming tool. After installing a copy, I discovered that although UML “stencils” are available, the tool is not in fact a dedicated UML tool at all. Ahem…obviously I should have read the description a little better. Now that I have Omnigraffle, however, I will need… Read More »

NetBeans vs Eclipse for Maven Projects

I thought yesterday that I had pumped up NetBeans unfairly without regard to other tools. To be fair, I decided today that I’d try to open up the very same project in Eclipse, just to see if it matched NetBeans’ ability to immediately understand the project. First thing I noticed was that Eclipse did not… Read More »

Using the Virgin Mobile 2200 as a USB modem

  I recently purchased the Virgin Mobile 2200 MiFi device. You can read about the device all over the ‘net, and reviews are generally favorable. The device is primarily advertised as a wifi hotspot for up to 5 devices, but I’ve discovered that I can also tether it to my laptop. Why do that? Well,… Read More »

Picking a scripting language

I’ve been working with Java for a dozen years now, actually more. I don’t really want to learn another language, or forget one. I’ve already forgotten perl too many times. But the problem is that I actually do need to learn another language. Java just doesn’t do everything for me. For example, when I need… Read More »

Mac OS X and server-ish software

I’ve owned a Macbook Pro before…it wasn’t a great experience, but it was acceptable. It was during a period of my career when my primary job was to communicate with other developers and to evangelize Java. The Macbook worked in that environment. Now my needs are different, but I find myself using another Macbook Pro.… Read More »