Imagine being in a wooden boat on a stormy sea. The waves are rocking your boat, quickly filling it with water. And on top all of that, it is night time. This is the situation that Jesus’ disciples found themselves in one evening (read Mark 4:35-37). Jesus was so at [...]
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
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“You have to get your priorities straight!” I am sure this is a familiar phrase. Think about the last time you heard or said this. Maybe it was a mother that said this to her teen aged son who is spending all his time with his girlfriend at the expense [...]
Fri, Mar 17, 2017
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“The greatest reported depth to which a tree’s roots have penetrated is 400 feet by a Wild Fig tree at Echo Caves, near Ohrigstad, Mpumalanga, South Africa.” – RNeighbors That is a really impressive root system – it is about as deep as the length of a rugby field! I am sure [...]
Thu, Mar 09, 2017
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Title: A.D. 30 Author: Ted Dekker Website: https://www.teddekker.com/ad-30 Imagine what it must have been like to live when Jesus was walking on the Earth. Imagine what your day to day existence would have been like if you were a Bedouin or a Jew. Not so easy, is it? We have all of the accounts [...]
Fri, Mar 03, 2017
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It happens at times that the world and its problems start to look really big and scary to our carnal minds. But no matter what happens, remember that Jesus has already overcome the world. John 16:31-33 (WEBBE): 31Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32Behold, the time is coming, yes, and [...]
Thu, Mar 02, 2017
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Six years ago when we visited Amsterdam, one of the highlights of our trip was eating poffertjes. Poffertjes are Dutch Pancakes, baked using a special cast iron pan. Typically they are served with powdered sugar and butter. But anything sweet will go well with them, including fruit and cream and [...]
Thu, Oct 27, 2016
Source Illumination
Connection Properties
I have only ever used Apache Derby (or Java DB as the version distributed with the JDK is called) in its embedded mode. But then a friend recently told me that he is running it not only in client/server mode but also as a Windows service! This post is about [...]
Thu, Sep 15, 2016
Source NetBeans Ruminations
I have travelled to many places around the world. I have had some wonderful meals – fantastic curry dishes in India, amazing pasta in Italy, and great tapas in Spain. It is very much a part of the experience of travelling to eat the local food! It does require finding out [...]
Thu, Aug 25, 2016
Source Illumination
Window with basic menu
The Swing-based window system in the NetBeans Platform has the concept of a window that is loaded at runtime. These windows derive from the class TopComponent and are registered using annotations, and are created using a handy wizard in the NetBeans IDE. Today I am going to show you how [...]
Tue, Aug 09, 2016
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Simple application to transform
I was asked some very good questions in response my post about the JavaFX makeover for the NetBeans Platform! Questions with long and interesting answers, questions that sparked more questions in my mind. So here is the first post in response to those questions. Is it possible to reuse normal [...]
Tue, Jul 26, 2016
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Creating the Sample CRUD Application
I was honoured to present last weekend at the Java 9 and Women in Tech Unconference in Sandton, South Africa. The topic of the presentation was a JavaFX makeover for the NetBeans Platform – get the slides here. Today I want to share the details of the process of transforming the [...]
Fri, Jun 10, 2016
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CRUD Application
I recently decided to use the Sample CRUD Application that is available in the NetBeans IDE as the basis for a demonstration that I did at a conference. (More about that in a future post.) It is a very useful sample that illustrates how to get up and running with [...]
Fri, Jun 10, 2016
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Sat, Aug 16, 2014
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Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center
As far back as I can remember, I have been facinated by everything about space. I have a whole shelf full of astronomy books, some of which I have had since primary school. And to this very day, my dream job is being an astronaut! So it was just natural [...]
Fri, Aug 01, 2014
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Grand Palace
Thailand is a country with a wonderful culture and stunning beaches. And it is a remarkably affordable destination. Small wonder that many South Africans choose to visit Thailand. Two groups of friends recently independently asked me what is worthwhile seeing while you are there, so I decided to share what [...]
Wed, Jun 11, 2014
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We stayed at the Aloe Ridge Hotel this weekend. This morning I woke up to the sound of automatic gun fire in the distance. And I knew that it meant another day of filming of the movie Seal Team 8! Can’t wait to see the movie! [...]
Sun, Jun 09, 2013
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René reports heavy snow in Leverett. It looks like Shadow is enjoying it though. [...]
Wed, Feb 13, 2013
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