Maven talk accepted by Developer Day Scotland

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A talk on the introduction to Maven that I proposed has been accepted for the preliminary agenda for Developer! Developer! Developer!’s Scotland conference this year!

If you would like to hear it, or think it would be useful to others then please vote for it ๐Ÿ™‚

Sure I’m nervous – but somehow we have to spread the good news around the country.

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RCBot is born

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OK, so in my frustration at IRC bots not combining the functionalities I needed I decided to code my own. The bot extends the PircBot framework providing handy tools to make a nice modular framework that enables quick and easy development of command modules.

Blah blah I guess – still, check out the Project page that I started on dev.rectang.com/projects/rcbot. If you want to see the bot feel free to connect to the #rectang channel on irc.freenode.net.

Rock Climbing

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OK, so it looked like I might not have such a hectic month coming up – so what was the best plan? take up a new hobby of course!

On Sunday we popped down to Alien Rock to get a beginners lesson on how to climb.

By
the end of the lesson (by which point we did not have strength to
continue) we had scaled a few full height walls, thrown ourselves off
from 2/3 of the way up (part of the safety training) and attempted to
climb an overhang. OK, so I attempted the overhang – Michelle completed
it, not sure when I will hear the end of that!

Needless to say that it was immensely fun and we will be returning again very soon.

Name change

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So I finally got it sorted, I am now Andrew Jonathan Elcock Williams.

That makes Michelle and I Mr & Mrs Williams – wow, sounds cool!

Online you can catch me at handyande.co.uk, which I had my eye on for a while anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰

XSM 1.0 Released

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!!! finally !!!

Took the advice of some friends and released 0.1_rc1 as 1.0, hope I did the right thing.

1.0ย is stable and is fairly complete for a first release, so please go play
and drop me suggestions for the next version ๐Ÿ™‚

Meeting Tim Berners Lee

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Wow, what a lecture!

Professer Sir Tim Berners Lee (the
creator of the internet) was talking at the university about the
symantic web, which was very interesting indeed.

Afterwards my boss (who was amoungst the attendees) invited me to the reception afterwards to meet the big-wigs ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was introduced to Tim and we chatted for a while about Geo-Data Services (which I work on) and their use on the symantic web.

Great conversation, clever man – quite an event for a geeks diary!

XSM gets a big push

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OK, so Michelle was away this weekend seeing her parents so I
decided to make the most of it and put my all into some XSM development
– look what happened:

Soย now I can really see a 0.1 release coming along… Just 1 small feature
to add and 2 bugs to fix and I should be able to release it. Was
thinking about releasing a beta today, but then realised I need to
package up some sample data for folk to get started with and changed my
mind – will get some sleep instead and package the config up tomorrow!