Sunday, February 29, 2004

Wow, so long time no write. Worth it though. We've finished all the work on the core code, now just a few more days doing the custom code for this project and we're done. I'm finally taking some days off, the first since ... well I can't remember when. The Craig is finally gone from my sofa to a better place, in fact a much better place, I'm somewhat jealous.

So I'm just in the office trying to recover my sense of self from the chaos that is the office move around. Just something to instill fear and uncertainty in the staff. Our CTO is the only person that hasn't change position, so in this case the world really has revolved around him.

Well I'm off now to see my nephew again....

Monday, February 09, 2004

Yeah......!!!! As of about ten minutes ago I am release complete for the first release tomorrow. This is the first time I've been in this situation on this project, even pending bug reviews.

Partly this is only becuase the boss has let some smaller stuff slide to the next release, but that's not the point. Still a reason to celebrate. So I'm testing for the rest of the day, and hoping that I won't find much else that's wrong.....

Oh what a glorious day :D

Sunday, February 08, 2004


So I went with the "Body & Soul" tulips in vase (with feathers...hasn't noticed that till just then)....

I panicked a bit last Friday, added to that I was a bit down and the fact that I've not sent a Valentines for 3 years caused a bit of a change reaction. Lucky I could depend on the cynical marketing people at Interflora to enable the impluse purchase funtions on their website. Within 5 minutes I'd booked flowers. They'll arrive in our office on the Friday, she will not be around for the 14th. They are anon of course.

Ah well, can't cancel them now.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

I LOVE GOOGLE, they are just the best people there, real geeky developers I'm sure. I'd love to meet them. We've been trying to find out what the minimum and maximum values for the Java Date class are.

Turns out they are 2^63 milliseconds either side of 1st Jan 1970, obviously we wanted to know what this would be in years. Mike broke out the Windows Calculator and started to work it out, but on a whim I wondered if the Google caluculator would manage this. So I tried it, see below.

2^63 milliseconds in year

God they rock.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Why is it that just when you're making a new friend somethings always happens to get in the way. The was a party in the building where I work, and all the companies here were invited. At the party I finally got to meet and get to know the people who, I'm embarrased to admit, actually share our office space.

Normally I'd probably have been the first from my company to make such aquaintances, being the friendly chap that I am. But with the recent madness, 12 hour days 7 days a week, I've been a little off form. Anyway, they're a small company, just the 5 of them and all a great laugh. Well of the two that I was fast becoming friends with one has left for another job and the other is off travelling for a while.

So I'm back to square one, my year of making new friends having started a bit and then stalled again. It always amazes me how are it is to meet new people in a city as large as this.
Over the last couple of weeks Microsoft have been showing a lot new Web Service specifications which are intended to extend the functionality of Web Services, such as the latest one below.


While I always think it's a good idea for issue such as this to be tackled and the ideas published for the general community to comment on I have a nagging concern that they are implementing all of this already in their systems.

I've done a lot of work with WebDAV over the last 18 months and have found Microsoft's extensions and freehanded nature with the core WebDAV specification to be quite a problem. Also their lack of follow through, once they'd got things working how they needed there has been little to no work done since.

Obviously there are signs already that Microsoft is treating the Web Services world differently, and better. This type of early publication hasn't happened with such regularity before, however I would still like to know more about their future intentions with these specifications.