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Monthly Archives: October 2013

DynamoDB Local, Maven and JUnit

or, “how I fell into a deep morass of version discrepancies” Something I am working on at the moment is rolling in use of DynamoDB Local for integration tests. Now one thing I’ve noticed is that Amazon aren’t really drinking the Maven kool-aid. This generally isn’t a huge problem, as mostly it’s just a matter […]

When Typography Goes Bad

So I’ve just spent a very confused 15 minutes trying to figure out why something that cannot possibly go wrong was breaking. I’m working to get DynamoDBLocal up and running. It all looks very simple: download the tar ball, unpack it, and execute the Java invocation: java –Djava.library.path=. -jar DynamoDBLocal.jar Hmm. That’s odd: Error: Could […]

Domesticating Talend

We’ve started working with Talend, and specifically with the ‘big data’ point-and-drag IDE. I’m reasonably happy with it, it does pretty well what it says on the box, but the ability to integrate it’s output with our product and approach is not great. The intention of the product appears to be mainly to run the […]


Yeah. So I seem completely unable to make any headway in the game. I am losing money faster than I earn it, and the only thing that is an income is mining, which is not interesting. I know it’s only a game, and only Internet spaceships, but right now it feels like its a systematic […]