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Author Archives: Lars

terminology in POEditor

A colleague and I have started using POEditor as a way to organize translated strings for our apps and collaborate on getting them translated. POEditor’s web site, with its free account up to 1000 strings, looks like a useful cloud-based tool. It even bills itself as “The localization management platform that’s not a mess!” However, the truth of … Continue reading »

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Design Patterns: Chapter 1

Scholar and hymnwriter Caleb T. Winchester described a classic as “something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.” For me, the Design Patterns book, by Erich Gamma and the rest of the “Gang of Four,” is a prime example. As an object-oriented software developer, unless you want to repeat the mistakes of … Continue reading »

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Sending a client certificate during SSL handshake in Java/Android

My current Android development assignment has me implementing an SSL connection to a server. There are lots of good blog posts and documentation out there about how to do this in Android, or Java in general. The scenario I’m working on is a bit less typical in that the client app has to send a certificate to … Continue reading »

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Exploring XPath 3.0 with BaseX

I don’t know about you, but I get excited reading papers like Dimitre Novatchev’s Programming in XPath 3.0, and want to try some of XPath 3.0’s new features for myself. I also want to build upon some of the examples given there. But to do that, you need an XPath 3.0 processor. And it turns … Continue reading »

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Initials shadow block, using POV-Ray

Many of us (geeks?) who grew up in the right era were inspired by Douglas Hofstadter’s book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (“GEB”). My dad introduced me to it via his copy. (If you haven’t read it … it’s fascinating stuff.) On the cover was a photo of some cleverly-carved blocks of wood, … Continue reading »

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Tadpole rescue

In the last few weeks, there was a lot of rain. The girls played in mud puddles in the alley, and found frog eggs in one of them. But when the rain lessened, the puddle began to dry up. Not wanting the eggs to die, we tried adding water. But over the course of a … Continue reading »

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