CommunityOne Conference

It is seems to be conference season in Silicon Valley now. The big JavaOne is almost here and to get everyone ready Sun set up the CommunityOne conference. This was mainly a one day event there was something yesterday (on Sunday) but very little.
The CommunityOne is free and is dedicated to open source. It left me no excuse for missing it. Well, I didn’t:


I should say it was more interesting than Web 2.0 Expo. Less buzz more technical stuff. Overall I’m very satisfied. Plus I’ve got a nice t-shirt with opensource mascot patterns:

T-Shirt With Open Source Mascot Patterns


I started talking about my last affiliation, eclipse, in my previous post and I remmembered about this cool website that provides really nice service.

It allows you to choose what components of eclipse you need, what plug-ins you need and then download it all in a single zip file!!!

I really recommend it for anyone who’s new to eclipse.

Haskell source editor

This term I’m taking (well actually not much choice here, it’s an obligatory course) a haskell class (officially it’s a functional programming class but 90% will be haskell).
So I decided to take a look at different options available for coding in haskell.

My first choice was Notepad++ and WinHugs. So Notepad++ is for editing and WinHugs is for running my code. I even did my first home work :)
Unfortunately there is no ready to use syntax highlighting scheme for haskell in Notepad++ and I wasn’t able to find any in internet.

So I searched for other solutions:
1. There is a mode for TextPad, but I think it’s disgusting, so I’m not gonna use it anyway.
2. There is Visual Haskell and it seems to be pretty cool, but it requires installing Visual Studio 2003 and I just don’t feel like doing that :)
3. There is a plug-in for Eclipse. And since I’m becoming an eclipse fan lately, I decided to try it. It’s pretty nice. It supports both WinHugs and GHC. GHC is a compiler for haskell that seems to perform pretty well. At least results at The Computer Language Shootout are amazingly good. But as of now I find it little bit complicated to use, so I’m sticking with WinHugs for now.

But I’m still hesitating what’s better eclipse or notepad++ for my needs. If I had to solve more complex problems in haskell or had to write production code, I would definitely stick with eclipse. But it’s hard to choose now.

UPD: The final solution is ConTEXT editor + GHC, GHCi and WinHugs.

Photo Gallery

Recently I’ve been playing around with Tableau it’s a nice little photo gallery. Actually I decided to set it up on my laptop because I needed to share my photos. The reason I didn’t use filckr or anything similar is that I have too many photos to share, so I think my internet would die uploading giant chunks of photos :)

But! It turned out to be not a very simple task. The gallery was developed on a Mac and as it came out, a web application that runs on mac won’t necessarily run on Windows :)))

Most problems where caused by differences in the new line and tab characters.

Finally I’ve got it running :)

But I’m too lazy to add all these photos one by one, so I’ll have to modify it little bit. Unfortunately no time to do that yet :/