I am following Ron Smith’s 15 June 2004 article Python development with Eclipse and Ant from IBM developerWorks. The first step is to install the PyDev plugin which is available at Eclipse update site http://pydef.sf.net/updates/.
First problem is that when I try to call the python interpreter to run the test I get a launch error. Don’t know if this is an Eclipse, PyDev or Python problem. Launch configuration seems ok! I checked the pydev user forum and this is a known problem and we await a fix.
I have just downloaded and installed Eclipse 3.0. For safety’s sake I backed up my old workspace and deleted the
.metadata folder. I also unzipped Eclipse into a clean directory. On startup, Eclipse now asks for a default workspace. This feature should make installation much easier on the School network, cause we can leave it to the students.
This interactive diagram to the Java universe is a flash application that links to the documentation. I thank Malcolm Davies on Java.Net for drawing our attention to this excellent resource.
In a nutshell:
“Developers learn and use Java *to create and run *Programs *that make *Devices *and the *Internet *useful for *People.”
This was posted today on techno.blog(“Dion”): techno.blog(“Dion”): The Brits like to kick a man when he is down… and very funny it is too! Not sure of the source of the images but it is so typical of the British approach to [lack of] success.
Lots of the great and the good around campus today, including AMs and MPs. This is why!
Digital Technium which was Officially Opened Today
Apparently some of our communication’s group PhD students had to look busy at their workstations inside although it was definitely a day to be outdoors!
Martin Fowler mentioned UMLet in his recent article on UmlSketchingTools which I blogged about earlier this week. A paper in which the authors (Auer et al, 2003) describe the ideas behind UMLet is very insightful and pretty much echoes my own experiences of over-blown UML tools in the teaching domain (and I’ve tried ArgoUML, Poseidon CE, Together and Rational Rose with variable — but mostly limited — success over the last three or four years).
I have to say that, although it currently only supports class, object and use-case diagrams, UMLet looks very promising and may well prove to be a winner in next year’s Software Engineering courses. Better yet, UMLet can be used as an Eclipse plugin!
- M. Auer, T. Schurtschenthaler, and S. Biffl (Vienna University of Technology), 2003.
- “[A Flyweight UML Modelling Tool for Software Development in Heterogeneous Environments”](http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/euromicro/2003/1996/00/19960267abs.htm), *29th Euromicro Conference (EUROMICRO’03)*, Sept. 01–06. Balek-Antayla, Turkey. Conference Proceedings Published by IEEE.
Excellent article by Ron Smith on IBM developerWorks on how to set up and use Python with Eclipse and Ant. Will definately be using this to set up Eclipse 3.0 with Python support when the final version is released.
O’Reilly Network interviews the Pragmatic Programmers Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas in OnLamp. Many nuggets including this one:
- Ward Cunningham once told me “With better IDEs, static languages such as Java are almost as easy to program in as dynamic languages.” You’re both fans of the Ruby language, especially when compared to more static languages. Do you think that the potential shift to writing business applications in slightly more dynamic languages such as Java and C# […] is good for programmer productivity and ease, or do those languages not go far enough?
- … Java and C# are not really dynamic in any meaningful way. Memory management is a small part of the picture, but the real gains in these more dynamic languages come from different areas, particularly from a flexible type model and from the ability to metaprogram.
Ultimately, it comes down to ease of expression. If I can express myself in code at a level closer to the problem domain, then I’m going to be more effective, and my code is likely to be easier to maintain and extend…I know some companies are using [problem domain code] with great success. And you know — they’re keeping quiet about it.
Well what a match!
I blame Motson … he couldn’t resist telling us how England had been in this or that situation before and lost! But I’m not gutted because we played well and went down fighting. Roll on the world cup!
[image (c) BBC]
In about 45 minutes time (19.00 BST) I will be teaching some Engineering Summer School students how to register for, set up and use a Blogger.com group blog. Should be fun. The title link is to the support site.
The only fly in the ointment is that England’s Euro2004 Quarter Final against host nation Portugal kicks off at 19.45! Still, nanny has given us all permission to leave early, so hopefully we won’t miss much! In the mean-time, here’s the BBCi pre-match report.