Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Image-TestJPG-1.0 released to CPAN

Today I released a new version of Image-TestJPG

I fixed some build errors that prevented it from building on the newer incarnations of gcc. Updated some bad documentation for it's usage, and that kind of stuff.

I've tested it, but only very lightly.

Truth be told , I don't use enough perl anymore to really care how well this works so long as it works. Coding in xs, the language which binds perl to C is painful. The perlxstut is out of date, so instead of recreating a whole new module structure with h2xs I just fixed the existing one, which is 10 years old now. But hey, it works! I haven't practiced much with C since college. I just don't work on application tiers where C is needed very often.

Oh yeah, what's this thing do? It's very simple really, it tells you if a jpg is corrupted or not.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Here we go...

Being the masochist I am, when I finally got around to startup up a blog, I decided to host and install the blogger system myself. I have a basic jboss server up and running. All I had to do is chose which java blogging app to use, preferably the one that causes me the least amount of headache.

I looked at three different java based, blogging webapps tonight :

I ultimately chose Pebble, because it's the lightest weight, and the least painful to setup. I had to nuke the log4j.jar from the pebble jar, as it didn't get along to well with jboss, so the install wasn't completely painless. Of the three, however, pebble was definitly the easiest. Not requiring a database is nice, this isn't a high-traffic, multi-user blog. So why worry with the overhead?

Pebble is working well so far, it will be interesting to see how far along I can get with it. I wonder how easily I could extend it. I'm also a notriously bad speller, and as I'm entering this, I don't see any type of spell check, that's something I could add. Of course it might be in here somewhere, I've only been using pebble for about 10 minutes now.