JAX-RS applications in OSGi – whiteboard style

There are various ways to publish a JAX-RS application when running inside OSGi. Some use Blueprint or Spring, and I’m sure there are other methods. I’d like to show how you can publish JAX-RS applications using the whiteboard pattern. The

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OSGi Bundle Utility 1.0 released

Writing OSGi bundle manifests by hand is nothing anyone wants to do, although some entries will always need to be added explicitely. The most prominent of tools for automatically getting imports and exports right is Peter Kriens’ Bnd. However, I

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10 Years in Open Source

Sylvain Wallez indirectly reminded me that I, too, have my 10-year anniversary in the Open Source world this year. On October 24, 2000, my first post went to the fop-dev mailing list (Apache FOP developer list), 11 months after the

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OSGi Declarative Services: Configuring multiple instances of a component

Declarative Services are a nice way to create services in the OSGi environment, but there are some subtleties that are not always easy to get under control. Imagine you have a component that observes a directory and acts on the

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ATM hanging at startup

Seen in Lucerne last Saturday (2009-11-07). It was still like this when I came by again 8 hours later in the evening. I don’t think any comment is necessary. Thanks to Jürgen for pointing this out to me!

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DocBook is fun!

I’m currently writing a basic XSL training course which I’ll give the first time later this month. I decided to write the training materials using DocBook 5. Lots of XML examples, lots of SVG illustrations painted in Inkscape. I used

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Specifying Classpaths

Java is great. Really. But there are sometimes subtleties that need to be kept in mind as I had to find out in the last few days once more. After looking in all the wrong places, that is. I’m talking

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IBM and Sun launch ODF Toolkit

With pleasure I learned today that IBM and Sun together launched http://odftoolkit.org/. It is at least partly seeded with code from Sun’s OpenOffice (namely the ODF Toolkit project). Initial components include ODFDOM (a low-level ODF API) and an ODF validator.

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So Mars is now called PDFXML

Matthew Hardy announced a new prerelease of the PDFXML Plug-in für Adobe Acrobat 9. PDFXML used to be called Mars and is a XML-friendly representation of PDF (borrowing heavily on SVG). Now only the project itself is still called Mars.

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Barcode4J 2.0 released

I let it slide for too long but now, Barcode4J 2.0 is finally available. Since the last alpha release I’ve been able to fix a number of bugs in DataMatrix and PDF417. As a last-minute addition I’ve added support for

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