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Mark Wielaard: New GPG key. Finally created a new GPG key using gnupg. The old one was a DSA/1024 bits one and 8 years old. The new one is a RSA/2048 bits one. I will use the new one in the future to sign any release tarballs I might create. pub 2048R/57816A6A 2011-01-29 Key f...

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February 01, 2011

Andrew Hughes: [SECURITY] IcedTea6 1.7.8, 1.8.5, 1.9.5 Released!. We are pleased to announce a new set of security releases, IcedTea6 1.7.8, IcedTea6 1.8.5 and IcedTea6 1.9.5. This update contains the following security updates: The IcedTea project provides a harness to build the source code from OpenJDK6 u...

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Simple things just work .... Ant 1.8

I recently got pointed to that link: I read the news with some pleasure reminding me that I still like Ant based builds very much over Maven in many cases. Of course there are a lot of well maintained projects on the web that work very well with Maven. You never know how many enthusiasts-hours have been spent to make that happen. However, in smaller business projects I experienced the situation to be slightly different. Not a single one I came across ran out-of-the-box. Some actions had to be taken upfront, jars needed to be downloaded seperately, some repository got closed or moved away … and so on. For the latest project of that kind I created an Ant based build which was really fun to do. It was so simple, fast, predictable, transparent. Together with the NetBeans' Ant environment including Ant debugger - fun! Looking at the result, the build was fully canned, way faster (even with Ant 1.7 which is known to be slow now :)), the artifacts smaller. Everything is built right in place, no redundant copying of files which feels good from an esthetic point of view. The build.xml files are just a few lines and so much smaller than any pom.xml could ever be. Interesting enough when monitoring the process: creating the Ant build from scratch took approximately the same time as bringing the Maven stuff to work. I like the simple things.  

Date: February, 17 2010

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