WebWork and Maven

You know how you’ve never heard of something and then over a short period of time you see or hear references to that thing you’ve never heard of and you start to get the feeling that it’s something you should look at? I’m having that feeling about two things right now. One is Maven from the great folks at the Apache Jakarta project. The other is WebWork from OpenSymphony. I know that Maven is some sort of build tool, they refer to it as a “Java project management and project comprehension tool” whatever that means. WebWork is an MVC-ish framework for building websites, similar to Struts from what I can tell.

Over the past several weeks, both of these keep coming up. I need to spend some time investigating.

Changing Blogs

I’m switching from my Blogger.com-based blog to using this extremely neat tool called Blosxom. Instead of having to go to blogger.com in a browser and use their tools, Blosxom works off text files in a simple directory hierarchy. It’s 144 lines of Perl that does a whole lot. I get an archive of sorts, though it’s not quite as nice as the Blogger style archive. I can live with that. In fact, I have some ideas of how to implement that style in Blogger. I just have to find time.

As for the old content, I’m working on converting/sorting all of that to the new format. Until then, you can click here to see the old stuff in the old format.