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Episode 51 – Just the cast Mam

April 5th, 2012
It's been a while! In this episode (recorded all the way back in February 2012) we have a good old fashion organic Basement Coders podcast. Heath Kesler, Jason Whaley, Guillermo Castro and me Craig Tataryn were in attendence.

Also stay tuned for Episode 52, our OSGi (and ERLang) face-off with ZeroTurnaround's Jevgeni Kabanov

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Episode 50 – Interview with Josh Long of VMWare – SpringSource

January 29th, 2012
The Spring Framework is the defacto Swiss Army Knife framework for Java. If you know Java, but don't know Spring, you don't *really* know Java. One of the top reasons to use Spring is, although vendor supported, it's open source software. Navigating through the Spring Framework's code base is like seeing how code *should* be written. Design patterns abound, exception handling is taken seriously and the documentation is pretty stellar for open source code.

Josh Long is VMWare's Spring Developer Advocate, he educates developers on the merits of the Spring Framework and gathers feedback, concerns and enhancements that he takes directly to the committers of Spring. In this episode (wow 50!) Josh takes us through the new features to be found in Spring 3.1 (caching, configuration profiles, etc...). Josh was a great guest, and we hope to have him on again sometime!

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Episode 49 – Paperless Offices & Java is not the new COBOL

November 30th, 2011
In this episode, Jeff walks us through how he setup his business to be almost completely paperless. He talks about the software, hardware and workflow he uses to accomplish this. Here are a list of software/hardware Jeff and Guillermo use:

Also, we discuss an article I wrote titled: Java is not the new COBOL. As you can imagine, there were people with opinions on both sides of the fence.

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Episode 48 – Better Late than Never – JavaOne 2011 Recap

November 10th, 2011
Well I think our livers have finally recovered from JavaOne 2011. Out of the Basement Coders gang Craig, Jeff and Justin all presented there talks, which you can find here:

  1. Justin Lee: The not Java that's not Scala -- Alternatives for EE Development
  2. Jeff Genender: Using Apache Camel and Java EE in an OSGi World
  3. Craig Tataryn: The Scala Language Tour

Below you'll find few pics & videos we snapped while we were there. Great job on this year's Java One Oracle! But to reiterate what was said at the Community Keynote: Give us our own conference! We want Mascone back!

Just quick shout out to Dustin from "Inspired by Actual Events" blog for doing a fantastic job of writing up detailed summaries of everything he saw at Java One 2011. Phenomenal job Dustin!

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Episode 47 – Fork You Growl! Interview with Perry Metzger

October 20th, 2011
Scumbag Growl
For those who may not know, the developer of Growl, that great little notifier app for OSX decided they should be paid for their work. There is one slight problem however. Growl is Open Source Software.

It's not like we've never seen this before. A company starts an open source product, gets a bunch of people to contribute to it and then keeps a separate branch of development for themselves and their paying customers. Eventually enhancements and bug fixes make their way into the Open Source version of the product. In the case of Growl however OSX Lion happened, and what better way to profit than to create a private branch of Growl, put all the fixes needed to operate Growl under OSX Lion and throw it up on the AppStore for $1.99. Yeah, they never bothered to feed the fixes back into the OSS version of Growl. They took their proverbial ball and they're going straight to the bank with it.
Testing Mother Fuckers Do You Do It
One of the biggest problems with this approach, other than the fact they just pissed off a lot of people who beleive strongly in OSS, is that Growl is still broken. So you pay your $1.99 and it no workie.

So while these snake-oil salesmen are busy fleecing their users via the AppStore along comes a guy who's had just about enough. A paying customer who was extremely dishearten by the fact a piece of software he paid for just didn't work as advertised. His name is Perry Metzger, and he forked Growl. Not only did he fork it, he fixed it, and it's free. Now the road for Perry wasn't smooth, he tried to reason with the authors of Growl, he tried to help existing users who were left out in the cold, and the thanks he got was a cease and desist and a one month ban from the Growl mailing list. Open Source Software indeed.

Have a listen to Perry's story and please let him know he's fighting the good fight.

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