Steven Cherry’s Blog

Random ranting and musing


I’m a software developer.  I like these kinds of things.  It’s like our version of the “what’s under your hood” conversation that car-guys love to have at the drop of a hat.  I’m not a car-guy, but I do like to talk about motorcycles as well.

I tend to write software mostly centered around Java & GUI development; which is interesting because I started life as a Unix-C developer writing server applications 🙂

Today my toolchain includes the following:

Java JDK 1.5, 1.6, etc.  Take your pick.  Some apps have a requirement, and some don’t care.  I tend to use more JDK’s from Sun than from IBM, but again it really doesn’t matter.  There are small differences, but you have to go out of your way to really find them.

Eclipse IDE 3.2, 3.3, 3.4.  We use Eclipse as both a development IDE and also as a production platform to host our application.  We produce a series of plugins that make up our DataDirect Studio application.  The nice thing about Eclipse as a dev platform is that we don’t dither too much about operating system.  If you like Windows, cool.  If you like Linux, way-cool.  If you like Mac, knock yourself out.

Zed Builds And Bugs 2.0.1.  Zed is what we use for continuous integration, build automation, as well as organizing our future development features, tasks, and designs.  It replaced a whole home-grown system of perl scripts authored by yours-truely.   It’s way cool 🙂


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