Archive for July, 2010

How to create a simple OSGi Web Application using Maven

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

In this tutorial we will take a look at the development of a simple OSGi Web Application and what tools can save us some time.

The Maven Bundle Plugin makes our life much easier here as does the OSGi Bundle Repository that offers some nice bundles – in our case the servlet API and an embedded Jetty web server.

So lets develop some bundles ..

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How to create a Template Bundle Plugin in Confluence

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Since Confluence 3.2. there is a new plugin module type that allows you to deploy templates in a bundle via the plugin API.

In addition it is possible to assign these templates to specific spaces and preview available templates in the Confluence administration area.

So let’s build some sample templates..

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A look at Google’s Protocol Buffers

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
Protocol Buffers are a serialization format developed by Google- you might ask if another IDL is really needed here – is Google barking at the wrong tree?
But protocol buffers offer some advantages over data serialization via XML or JSON – Google says they (compared to XML)..
  • are 3 to 10 times smaller
  • are 20 to 100 times faster
  • provide generated data access classes for programmatic use
  • provide backward compatibility
So lets play around a little with protocol buffers in Java and build a small application that serializes and deserializes some data using a defined format..
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