Year: 2012

JavaFX 2.0 and Maven

I decided to have a bit of a play with JavaFX 2.0 the other day as we have a project coming up that may be a good candidate for using it. My first impression of JavaFX 2.0 is generally very positive, it’s a lot like Swing with the sharp edges knocked off. I’d like to …

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SQL Having

The having clause is used when filtering has to be performed on aggregate functions since the where clause can not be used in this situation. Since the having clause is often used in conjunction with the group by clause the examples on this page use the same data as was used in the group by article …

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SQL Group By

The group by statement is generally used in conjunction with the various aggregate functions in order to produce results that are grouped by one or more columns. This is a very powerful way to report results for groups of results that share some common trait – in the example below the shared trait we are …

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MikroTik RB751G Configuration

This page describes the initial set up of my MikroTik RB751G router with a Thompson Gateway TG585v7 BeBox. Although that sounds quite specific these settings are should work with most or all ADSL routers that are in bridge mode and other RouterBoard devices.

Setting a value to null with EL

Beginning with Expression Language (EL) 2.2 it is possible to call method with arguments. I feel that most of the time it is generally a good idea to try not to use this feature because it breaks the KISS principal but when you need it it can be a life saver.

JSF Object Not Found

I recently decided to try writing my own JSF component as I had a need that wasn’t met by the excellent PrimeFaces component library. I had read some horror stories about how hard it is to write custom components so I’d put off doing it as I didn’t want to get bogged down when I had so …

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Adding Cover Art to Video Files

I’ve been asked a couple of times recently about adding cover art to video files. This process will replace the default icon used, which is a frame from the film, with the DVD cover or any other artwork you want to use.

Netflix UK Update

As we’ve now been using the Netflix service for a few weeks I though it was time for a bit of an update. Overall I’m still generally pleased with the service. The lack of a queue still bugs me but it’s not the end of the world so I’ll live with that. Picture quality seems …

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Oracle VM Virtual Install

A project I have running at the moment may require the fairly rapid deployment of a number of servers so I decided to get a head start and have a play with Oracle VM 3 (and as Wikipedia says – don’t confuse that with Oracle VM VirtualBox).