Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Metatrader Connection Problems.

Metatrader is one of the platforms that allows you to trade on the Foreign Currency Exchange. It's a great tool, especially as you can automate the trading process.

I leave Metatrader running in the background most of the time, and have occasionally lost the connection to the broker. It's usually not a problem, unless you happen to have some open trades! I wrote a simple Expert Advisor that would periodically check the connection and email you if there was something wrong. You can read more about it, and download the EA, from this thread in the PipCop forum.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Old Projects Never Die

Just had an email from someone enquiring about the changes I made to StatCVS. Wow, that was back in 2005.

StatCVS gives you various statistics about your code in the CVS repository. It's a great tool and provides some real insights into who's doing what. But it always amazed me that it only worked off the head branch. Since the project I was working on did most of the development in a branch, I couldn't run StatCVS on it.

No real problem though, as this is an Open Source project meaning that I could get the code and change it to work with branches. Try doing that with commercial products ;)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Chrome on the Mac

Following on from my earlier post, then you can download builds directly from the Chromium project here.

Java Google App Engine Updated.

A new version of the Java GAE is out. Whilst there is nothing specific that hints and fixing the problems with JSF, it might.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Google Chrome on Mac OSX - Download Available

I've been waiting for Google Chrome to be released on Mac OSX since I tried the Windows versions last year. Since Google are still developing the code, I thought I'd try to build it myself from the open source Chromium project and see how it goes.

And it goes reasonably well. Doesn't support Flash yet, and other features are missing, but it's worth a look. You can download the application I built from here. Bear in mind that this is a 'alpha' build and it could easily crash or worse.

If you want to build it yourself, then download the free Mac compiler Xcode and download the Chromium source, see the details here. Good luck.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

XP Stupid Mouse

I use a Mac for most stuff, but for Java development I tend to use Windows. One real feature I miss in Windows is the Mac's ability to scroll the window contents when the mouse is over the window, even if the window is not selected.

Windows doesn't do this and it's a pain. Even in the explorer view where there is one window with two panels, you have to click in one panel before you can scroll it. Truly sucktacular.

However, there is a useful utility called KatMouse that gives you the 'over window scroll' feature of the Mac, and most unix OS'es.