First Impressions of Cassandra

Recently I attended a Sacramento Java User’s Group meeting for the first time in many years, and saw an excellent presentation by Jega Aravandy on some work he’s doing with Casandra, Solr, Spring, and Angular.js. It was exciting work in its own right, and Jega came equipped with plenty of swag that someone from Datastax […]

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Using Gradle to Build Java Selenium Projects

In a recent article, we showed you how to start working with [Selenium in IntelliJ Idea](http://localhost:4000/selenium-and-intellij-idea-part-two/). As we’ve often done in the past, we started our Idea project with a Maven build script (a pom file). Well, all that worked well enough, but as Jenniffer was beginning to make some really good progress on her […]

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Testing the Rake Post Task

I just merged some tasks from Ellen Gummesson’s cool Rake Boilerplate, and once that was done, started this post based on nothing more complex than ‘rake[“Testing the Rake Post Task”]’. Very cool. Nice job, Ellen, and thanks. My Rakefile with David Ensinger’s work on building Jekyll sites locally and working around the fact that Github […]

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Translating Application.html.erb to Haml

As part of my [latest pet Rails](http://johnlockwood.com/2012/11/07/learnapp/) project, I’m sharpening up my nascent HAML skills a bit. If you’re thinking about learning HAML, let me assure you a little: it’s not that hard. Compared to programming generally, Rails in particular, HTML, and all the other stuff you learned before it occurred to you to learn […]

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