Archive for 2008

GTAC 2008

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Here are my take-away notes from the first day of the Google Testing and Automation Conference.

Seattle by Land, Water and Air

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Having my sister visit me here in Seattle provided a good excuse to do some local sightseeing — first by land and water with the Ducks of Seattle, then by air with Seattle Sea Planes.

Edward Tufte's Presenting Data and Information Course

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Here are some take-away notes from the course on presenting data and information that Edward Tufte gave in Seattle on July 17.

Manning Books in Safari Books

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Over the last few days several books from Manning Publications appear to have been added to Safari Books.

No Fluff Just Stuff

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Spent this weekend at the Spring 2008 Pacific Northwest Software Symposium. Here are my notes (trimmed down to whatever I felt was new & noteworthy to me) and some general comments about the event.

Using Java to Read Excel Files

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

I recently needed to add support for extracting data from Excel files (which are still ubiquitous in labs) to a Java application.

Blist

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Blist is an interesting cross between a spreadsheet application and an interface to a proper database. The goal (I believe) is to allow mere mortals to create and share simple databases on the Web.