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Michael – signing off

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Well the time has come for me (Michael) to say goodbye – to Red Hat. I must turn into the force, just as yoda did. I will of course remain a community member – using and developing drools. It has been a blast working on this stuff fulltime for the last few years – andRead more →

Camel Integration with Drools Pipeline

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Here Lucaz (Lucas Amador) and I take the first approach to integrating Apache Camel with the Drools Pipelines project (http://blog.athico.com/2009/04/batchexecutor.html).This first stage of the drools-pipeline/drools-camel project includes just the Apache Camel dependencies and two simple tests thatuse Drools VSM (Virtual Service Manager) to show how we can interact with a Drools session going through aRead more →

[Off Topic] Back from my honeymoon

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As some of you know I got married last month and have been away on a long honeymoon, but I’m finally back 🙂 I’ll make this a small off topic personal entry, hope people don’t mind. We climbed Kilimanjaro, probably hardest thing I’ve ever done. We walked for 5 days to reach the main ascentRead more →

Real time chat…

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And now for something completely different… A recent feature request was for a discussion/comment feature for files in Guvnor: The comments are below the “documentation” section (and of course optional) (and there is an Atom feed to them). An interesting addition was using a “backchannel” type connection that is kept open from the browser toRead more →

Chatting on IRC – a reminder of web tools available

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As people should know, the “virtual office” or “virtual bar” (depending on the time of day) where devs and users hang out is the IRC chat room generously provided by codehaus.org. Server: irc.codehaus.orgRoom: #drools For those who don’t want to or can’t run IRC clients, don’t despair, there are web interfaces. Codehaus has http://irc.codehaus.org, butRead more →

Dell online help support fails the Turing Test

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It’s official Eliza is more intelligent than Dell help agents.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ELIZA Had a sadly hilarious online chat with Dell support today, it reminded me of the old Eliza program. I expected any minute for it to ask me how I felt about the fan. Here is the conversation I had, it’s the abridged version as IRead more →

Definition of Hell for an Englishman

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“There have been many definitions of hell, but for the English the best definition is that it is the place where the Germans are the police, the Swedish are the comedians, the Italians are the defense force, Frenchmen dig the roads, the Belgians are the pop singers, the Spanish run the railways, the Turks cookRead more →

XMLUnit for xml assertions

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Thought i’d blog this little snippet. Was struggling with xml comparisons for unit testing, I initially tried XMLUnit but found that it was too sensitive. After a bit of digging in the docs, I found how to configure it to be much more forgiving on element ordering, whitespace etc. Here is what I did, hopefullyRead more →

Google Summer of code

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Its the time of year for Google summer of code applications. JBoss (with Fedora) has been accepted again as a mentoring organisation.  “Students” can apply to work on a project (Google pays them). The JBoss proposals (so far) are here on the wiki. (It is possible to suggest other ones). Obviously the ones on thatRead more →