Monthly Archives: June 2010

A Conversation

Friend: “Do you really want an academic job?” Mathias: “Yes.” Friend: “Why? Is that what you’re comfortable with?” Mathias: “It actually isn’t the most comfortable, but it is the most rewarding.” \*sigh\*

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Hurricane Alex

Hurricane Alex, the first hurricane of the 2010 season, is predicted to make landfall south of the US-Mexico border. Still, it’s a reminder to stock up and start paying attention again. And to realize that, nearly two years after Ike, … Continue reading

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No Nifty Assignment for the Educators Symposium

I started writing too late and I discovered I still have some strange source of nondeterminism in my supposedly deterministic single-threaded application, so I won’t be submitting a Nifty Assignment to the Educators Symposium at OOPSLA/SPLASH this year. Too bad. … Continue reading

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New DrJava Instance Feature

In response to Dung’s problems getting multiple DrJava instances started on MacOS 10.5+, I have added a feature to the latest weekly build of DrJava. As of revision 5301, there is a “New DrJava Instance…” menu item in the Tools/Advenced … Continue reading

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Useful Google Query to Find DrJava User Sites

I just realized that I can just specify the top-level domain for the “site:” option in Google search queries. That allows me to search for DrJava on all .edu domains: drjava site:.edu I have already found a few more user … Continue reading

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DrJava at UT San Antonio

At today’s JavaPLT/Habanero group meeting, Vivek mentioned that DrJava was used at UT-San Antonio as well. I added it to DrJava’s user sites.

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Multiple DrJava Instances on Mac OS X

Dung Nguyen and I just noticed that double-clicking on the application (or on the jar file) doesn’t bring up a new instance on his Mac (OS X 10.6). It does so on mine (OS X 10.4). In the end, we … Continue reading

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Dull Boy

Two-hour code tests on a Saturday make Mathias a dull boy. Two-hour code tests on a Saturday make Mathias a dull boy. Two-hour code tests on a Saturday make Mathias a dull boy. Especially when they start half an hour … Continue reading

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Upgrade to WordPress 3.0

I just did an upgrade to WordPress 3.0, and I also gave the site a small face lift. The new default theme, Twenty Ten, actually looks quite nice. Everything seems to be working, but if you notice any problems, please … Continue reading

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Home after Lots of Traveling

I’m finally home again for a bit, after a lot of traveling: During the last month and a half, I’d slept in my own bed for only eight nights.

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PLDI 2010 Was Great Fun

PLDI 2010 in Toronto is over, and I have to say it was great fun. I met some old friends again, like Gregory and Luke, chatted with old acquaintances, and made many new connections. There was concurrency and parallelism everywhere, … Continue reading

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PLDI Talk Went Well

Eddy did a great job with the Mint talk at PLDI 2010 here in Toronto. Congratulations (in more than one way), Eddy! And thank you very much for the repeated shout-out to me in the audience. The slides for the … Continue reading

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At PLDI 2010

I’m at PLDI right now. Toronto is nice, the tutorials on Sunday were great, and so were most of the paper sessions. The downsides are the lack of outlets in the conference rooms, and the virtually complete lack of WLAN … Continue reading

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Hudson Server Swapping Itself to Death

After fixing the DrJava unit tests that failed and before heading to PLDI tomorrow, I thought I’d start up our Hudson server again. Unfortunately, it pretty quickly starts swapping itself to death. I don’t know what changed. Did our memory … Continue reading

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Not a Memory Leak, But Not Finalized?

I’ve been trying to fix a memory leak in DrJava today. I found the reproducible memory leak quite quickly: When I added the right margin line feature, I added option listeners that change the color and position of the right … Continue reading

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Back in Houston for a Bit

I’m back in Houston for five days again. I was looking forward to sleeping in my own bed again, but that turned out to be less comfortable than I expected: My air conditioning unit had broken again, and it 31 … Continue reading

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