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Java boilerplate

I fixed a Wicket bug today for compressing whitespace in HTML. The wrinkle is that you need to avoid doing that inside <pre> tags, otherwise your code formatting goes all wrong.

You should probably just gzip your responses instead, as it’ll be much more efficient than this, but apparently, someone cares enough to raise a bug report, so I rolled up my sleeves. I mean, how hard can it be to strip out some whitespace?

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Open Source Jam @ Google London

I went to Google for their first Open Source Jam to have a natter with a bunch of other folk working on open source projects, eat some pizza, that kind of thing.

Things I noticed:

  • People think Second Life is cool, but no one knows what to do with it yet.
  • People work on open source in their spare time. It had better be fun. Most of the under 30s were working on Python or RoR-based projects; the Java coders jumped up and down a bit less and had deeper voices.;-)
  • Django is generating buzz. Either that, or they came in a big group for fear of the Rails folk eating them.
  • Quite a few people are finding AJAX UI-design hard. It’s difficult to adhere to the principle of least surprise, when you’re building stuff the like of which no-one’s seen on the web before.