IntelliJ IDEA is a great development environment. I enjoy it very much. It complements the OS of pleasure, Linux. I mostly the Ubuntu distro or a derivative. Here’s a easy way to get yourself an IntelliJ launcher so you don’t have to run the bin/idea.sh file if you don’t want to.
When you setup your computer at the time of your initial Ubuntu installation, you assign your computer a hostname. In my case, I gave it a hostname and then later wanted to change it to something else. This is accomplished in two easy steps.
Synergy is a fantastic project that allows you to share a single set of input devices (keyboard and mouse) over multiple machines. Clipboard sharing is also supported. It’s remarkably easy to set up, and it works across multiple platforms.
Sometimes you need to install a security certificate for authentication to work for certain services – services that are accessed by your java application that requirement a secure connection. For instance, needing to authenticate against an LDAP server from one of our apps, we had to run a little InstallCert.java on all JDKs used to run the app.
On a Sun keyboard, the ctrl key is actually in the space that the caps lock key occupies on a standard qwerty keyboard nowadays. In a program where the ctrl key is often used, this positioning can be helpful as no Vulcan figure stretches are required for common key patterns. So, why not change caps lock to be a control key.
Mark Logic Server seems to be the latest, greatest in content serve-up. At least it is generating a lot of excitement at the LDS Church, where it’s being used for new content-centric apps/sites. Being caught in the wave of awesome, I was interested in getting it running in my favorite dev environment: Ubunutu-flavored Linux.
It wasn’t bad at all. In fact, it was accomplished in almost as few steps as installing Apache or Tomcat. Except, after this installation, full XML xquery’age is now possible! Here are the steps, slightly elongated by the fact that all Mark Logic-supported Unix systems are rpm-based.
It is one of the nicest things to be able to work remotely. Almost all my jobs have allowed this. My current job allows it on a limited basis as well. It’s even more attractive an option now that I have a nice desk chair at home, for which I currently long, because I’m currently typing up this post from a 2nd grader mini-chair while I wait for my lovely wife, April.
Remote working goodness is just a few shell commands away via Cisco VPN in Linux!
As awesome as Linux is, I still have moments where I want something from the Windows world. Shy of putting a whole dual-booted partition on my harddrive, I am doing the virtual machine gig. I have tried VMWare before, but have just found the whole experience rather clunky. I even found VirtualPC (running on Windows) more pleasing. Another big kicker with VM’s is performace – I can’t ever seem to get even comparable performance from a VM. Several of my coworkers report, however, that they are please with the performance of Sun’s VirtualBox. I, therefore, am giving it a try.
I love the volume control scheme for Vista that allows one to adjust the volume on a per-application basis. It turns out that this functionality is also available for Linux!
All over the net, there are questions asked about running Crystal Reports in Linux. This isn’t a solution for running Crystal in Linux per se, but running Crystal as lightweight as possible on a Linux host machine. This means, run a VM, install Crystal, and use a small Oracle client.