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Tuesday afternoon there were storm warnings for Gauteng. I decided to leave work early to try and get home before the storm. As I was walking home, I asked God to keep me safe. So when I saw the rain getting close, I stopped to marvel at the beauty of [...]
Thu, Jan 11, 2018
Source Power, Love and Self-Control
The Chicago Air and Water Show was the main reason why we were in Chicago, specifically that week in August 2017. When we were planning our trip to the USA, I read online that the Blue Angels would be there. I had only ever seen them on television, and I [...]
Thu, Jan 11, 2018
Source Illumination
It is the start of a new year, and it somehow feels to me like the first blog post of the year should be a special one. It should inspire and encourage readers, and set the perfect tone for the year to come. That is rather scary. And a lot of [...]
Thu, Jan 04, 2018
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“Happy New Year!” In English, this is the standard way of expressing good wishes for the year to come. It is easy to use and sounds right because we are so used to this expression. But lets pause for a moment, and really think about the meaning of the words. Happiness [...]
Thu, Dec 28, 2017
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When Jesus was born, the angels appeared to some shepherds to announce this great event. Even though this was the ultimate noble birth – the very Son of the God of all of the universe come to earth – the angels didn’t go to the powerful and famous people of [...]
Thu, Dec 21, 2017
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Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. – Thomas S. Monson (from Brainy Quote)Christmas is much more than just [...]
Fri, Dec 15, 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
Source NetBeans Ruminations
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
Source NetBeans Ruminations
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
Source Illumination
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
Source Illumination
Shadow
René reports heavy snow in Leverett. It looks like Shadow is enjoying it though. [...]
Wed, Feb 13, 2013
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