Archive for July, 2004

I’ve had an opportunity recently to install and test Feature Pack 1 for IS and Developer.  These feature packs deliver the first Fabric-aware functionality to Developer. 

I’m polishing an article that explores these new features and that shows how to test the new dynamic discovery and failover capabilities using an IS web service connector.  I’ll post a link here when the article is finished.  In the meantime you can view details on Feature Pack 1 here.

Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to take a look at Modeler 6.1.5 soon as well.  It too, has many new Fabric-aware capabilities according to the Enhancements and Fixes document.


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At my old company, I would often receive urgent emails pleading for my help. If I would only let the sender deposit millions of foreign currency into my bank account, I could receive tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars for my trouble. Recognizing the scam, I would often reply, thanking them sincerely and letting them know that I was so excited about their offer that I wanted to share it with my good friends over at the FBI’s Nigerian Fraud unit.

This article takes this approach much further with a great deal more humor.

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I have recently enjoyed working with Eclipse plugins for webMethods Glue and webMethods Portal. The Glue plugin allows you to generate java classes from a WSDL file while the Portal plugin provides the functionality of the Portlet Generator Wizard that enables you to create portlets from a variety of sources including web services, JSP’s, applets and parameterized HTTP posts.

The Glue Plugin is so much easier to use than running the command line WSDL2JAVA utility. I like having the classes created directly in my java project and the ability to quickly create a new class to invoke my web service using Glue’s generated helper methods.

The Portal plugin (to be officially called Portlet Developer when Portal 6.1.5 ships any day now) provides all the functionality of the Portlet Generator Wizard, but makes it much easier to quickly customize the generated code to change the UI or add new functionality.

Working with these two plugins lead me to track down the MyEclipseIDE plugin that supports easier JSP, HTML and Struts development in Eclipse as well as providing the ability to manage a Tomcat servlet engine. I also found a plugin to generate java classes from WSDL files using the Apache Axis WSDL2JAVA utility which I needed to do to understand how Portal’s Axis stack was interpreting WSDL files generated from webMethods Integration Server.

What are your favorite Eclipse plugins and why? If you could have anything in an Eclipse plugin what would it be? How about a “good decision making plugin for CIO’s” or an “unrealistic, management-imposed deadline adjustment” plugin?

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Hopefully, the fruits of Graham’s ease of use evangelism efforts won’t take too long to make their way into the products.

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I finally broke down and ordered a new digital camera. My previous one, a Nikon CoolPix 800, is nearly 5 years old. That’s almost 100 in camera years. Back then it cost me over $600 and only took pictures up to 1 megapixel in size.

The one I received in the mail yesterday was a Canon PowerShot S410 Digital Elph. I picked this one for its 4 megapixel resolution, small size and attractive price. For another $100 I could have added one megapixel with the S500 model, but since this camera is just for casual use, I decided against it.

It may not make phone calls or send text messages like the Handspring Treo 600′s that Ray and Dan are bragging about, but I bet its photos are much better than the lousy VGA quality provided by the Treo. I mean, why even have a camera if its going to be that bad!

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