Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Subversive 1.1.3 update for Eclipse on Linux

I prefer Polarion's SVN plugin for Eclipse to the default. It's always one of the first things I install when I upgrade or reinstall Eclipse. The auto-update feature notified me last week that version 1.1.3 is available, so I updated, only to have SVN access break. Following an emailed bug report to Polarion, Alexander Gurov kindly responded pointing me to this note. Starting with 1.1.3, non-Windows installations require an extra installation step (install SVNKit) and an extra configuration step (set the SVN client to SVNKit).

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Jena tutorial on DevX

I should have blogged this at the time, but DevX recently published a Jena tutorial article I wrote for them. Specifically, it focuses on Jena's Model abstraction, including the commonly used extensions and variants. It was fun writing for an audience other than the academic research community, which is more what I'm used to.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Save the Tara complex

In 1992, I had a wonderful holiday in Ireland. The Irish are warm, welcoming people, the countryside is fantastic and they have a wealth of truly wonderful archaeological sites. Preeminent among these is the Tara complex, a huge area including dozens of prehistoric henges and other sites, including Newgrange and the Hill of Tara. It's comparable in some ways to Stonehenge, since Stonehenge is also at the centre of a wide area of barrows, henges and other early sites of settlement and human activity. The British government is looking to seal a place in history by moving or hiding the busy A-class road that runs through the Stonehenge complex. The Irish government, I found out today, is looking to seal its place in history by building a motorway (a multi-lane highway for high-speed, high volume traffic) over the Tara site. Unbelievable.

Naturally, there's a campaign to save the site, which has been running for quite a while. To those campaigners, good on you! We from outside the country can help by signing the Save Tara petition. Please do so. And go there: it's a great place to vacation.