30. August 2014

SimulANT+ Scripting Interface CHM – Windows help does not display content

I was testing SimulANT+ software from www.thisisant.com. Application was working without problem, but document with API was not readable. Only index was visible, but no content.

The API documentation is stored in file SimilANT+ Scripting Interface.chm. The problem with CHM content is classical gotcha on Windows.

When you download ZIP with CHM then Windows will automatically mark this file as downloaded from Internet. You have to unblock content of file manually.

simulant-chm-unblock

Other alternative is to use 7-zip or other extractor which does not keep this flag.

Note: SimulANT+ has Python API, hooray! :)

11. August 2014

Gradle PMD – Can’t find resource null

Gradle has support for PMD. You can find following example on internet:

apply plugin: 'pmd'

pmdMain {
  ruleSets = [ "basic", "strings" ]
}

This code is not working with Gradle 2.0. Here is error message:

:clean
:pmdMain FAILED

FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.

* What went wrong:
Execution failed for task ':pmdMain'.
  Can't find resource null. Make sure the resource is a valid file or URL and is on the CLASSPATH. Here's the current classpath: C:\Users\georgik\tmp\install\gradle-2.0\lib\gradle-launcher-2.0.jar

The reason is simple. In case of Gradle 2.0 you must add language prefix before name of rule. You must use java-strings instead of plain strings.

Here is correct example (available also on YSoftDevs Github):

apply plugin: 'pmd'

pmdMain {
  ruleSets = [ "java-basic", "java-strings", "java-braces" ]
}

You can find more rules for PMD in official documentation.

Thanks Matt Sicker for correct solution.

24. July 2014

couriertls: /etc/courier/esmtpd.pem: error:0906D06C:PEM routines:PEM_read_bio:no start line

After upgrade of Linux distribution Courier stopped to accept emails delivered over TLS or SSL.

There was just nice error message in the log file:

couriertls: /etc/courier/esmtpd.pem: error:0906D06C:PEM routines:PEM_read_bio:no start line

Long story short. The problem was in pem file.

Previous versions of Courier-SSL were able to read files with Windows EOL. The new version is failing with this nice error.

Solution is simple: get rid of Windos EOL.

You can use e.g. dos2unix

dos2unix esmptd.pem

Restart services and everything will work :)

6. July 2014

SimpleHTTPServer in Python 3.x

One very cool feature of Python 2.x is instant web server. You can type following command and Python will start simple http server.

python -m SimpleHTTPServer

This command does not work in Python 3.x. The reason is that SimpleHTTPServer was merged to http.server module.

Correct command for Python 3.x is:

python -m http.server

23. June 2014

How to debug Gradle script

First of all: do not use daemon mode for debugging.

IntelliJ Idea is automatically spawning daemon when you start any Gradle task. You have to attach to remote process.

I wrote small “How to debug” based on info from forums.gradle.org.

You’ll need to set GRADLE_OPTS environment variable to:

-Xdebug -Xrunjdwp:transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=y,address=5005

Here is example in PowerShell:

01-command-line-options

$env:GRADLE_OPTS="-Xdebug -Xrunjdwp:transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=y,address=5005"

Configure Remote debugging in Idea:

02-configure-remote

You do not need to change anything in default configuration.

Now return to command line with your project and invoke task. Gradle will automatically stop and it waits for debugger.

03-start-process

Attach debugger

04-attach-to-process

Here we go :-)

05-break-point

There is small limitation. You can stop code execution outside DSL e.g. in class method (line 3). You won’t be able to stop execution in Gradle DSL line 10.

You can download sample build script from Github.

13. June 2014

Gradle Summit 2014 Lightning talk: Bamboo + Gradle

I had an opportunity to be one of Lightning talks speakers at Gradle Summit 2014 in Santa Clara – California.

I’d like to share with you slides from my talk about Bamboo and Gradle integration which we successfully deployed in Y Soft.

Link to Speaker Deck

It was exciting to hear about experience with Gradle from other speakers from companies like Netflix, Prezi or JFrog.

28. May 2014

Book review: Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook

Visual Studio 2013 is a huge technological leap forward. The book Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook helps to get on track with latest features including enhanced support for JavaScript and C++.visual-studio-2013-cookbook

Software projects often combine many different technologies like C++, .NET or JavaScript. Professional developer must be aware of all these technologies. The book is a great source of essential information which helps developer to grasp important concepts implemented in Visual Studio.

Cookbook provides short and easy to understand chapters about wide range of features. Each chapter contains some links to web sites or related technologies.

I recommend to read the book one chapter a day. Learn new stuff, experiment with it and next day continue with next chapter.

What you can find inside the book? Here is selection of some interesting topics

Chapter 1: Discovering Visual Studio 2013

  • contains productive tips how to use Visual Studio in effective way (keyboard shortcuts, navigation in project)

Chapter 2: Getting Started with Windows Store Application

  • good starting point for building own application for Windows Store
  • introduction to analysiss of application performance

Chapter 3: Web development

  • learn how to work with Bootstrap
  • minification of JavaScript and CSS

Chapter 4: .NET 4.5.1 Development

  • unit testing of .Net apps
  • managing packages with NuGet

Chapter 5: Debugging .NET Application

  • debugging with IntelliTrace
  • debugging parallel code

Chapter 6: Asynchrony in .NET

  • introduction to popular way of programming applications
  • integration of async concepts with web applications

Chapter 7: Unwrapping C++ Development

  • C++ is still very popular and Visual Studio 2013 introduces several concepts known in .NET or JavaScript
  • Native Unit Test Project for C++
  • graphics programming – 3D, DGSL and diagnostics

Chapter 8: Working with Team Foundation Server

  • getting feedback from users
  • git integration

Chapter 9: Languages

  • highly improved integration with further languages like TypeScript or Python
  • Python support is simply awesome

Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook is available at Packt Publishing store.

28. April 2014

Gradle and build systems for C language – slides


Slides available in formats: PDFSlideShare

Source code: GitHub/georgik

10. April 2014

PowerShell in Terminal of IntelliJ Idea

IntelliJ Idea has neat feature – Terminal Window.

Unfortunately on Windows it’s set just to old school cmd. Good news is that it’s possible to change it to something better. E.g. PowerShell.

Go to project settings, type “terminal”. Change value in Shell path to powershell.exe.

intellij-idea-powershell

Then you can invoke Terminal:

idea-terminal

Note: If you’re using 32bit version of Idea then it will open 32bit version of PowerShell. This is important when you want to change Set-ExecutionPolicy. 32bit and 64bit PowerShell have two different settings.

10. April 2014

Debian Heartbleed openssl bug remains even after upgrade of openssl package

If you’re using Debian and you want to get rid of Hearbleed bug then it’s not sufficient to upgrade openssl package.

The really important package is libssl1.0.0:

apt-get install libssl1.0.0

It will restart all services which depends on this package.

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