Wendy Gibbons

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Henry Wong wrote:
First language was BASIC, in high school, using the school's Commodore PET computers.


I think it was around 1981 on this beastie commodore vic 20 so obv. it was BASIC.
My sister's boyfriend bought it and "left" it at our house. It was only really recently I realised it was a "Distraction" TM to keep little sister busy.   Thanks Andrew
1 month ago
I think it would have been an accountant as that was the only job I knew the name of, what i actually wanted to be was an Investment manager for a large company.
1 month ago
Buying dresses for someone is almost impossible.

I buy most of my dresses from the same store (I am rather tall so go specialist).

Guess what? I still have to order 2 different sizes of every dress, and if I want 1 dress have to order 3, because 2 won't fit properly, the hips will be in the wrong place, or it will gape around the breast are the most common problems.

So the chance of anyone else buying me dresses unless they are jersey sacks isn't going to happen.
1 month ago
Actually It could have changed quite a while ago, this is a swing app after all

In our DAO there is this code

well for the bug I am working on it does appear to be inserting new options. (the bug was duplicate options).

So has something changed In hibernate quite recently?
I am scared of just deleting this code, what if there are places I don't know about that will lose data...

Would doing a select/fetch checking if any options have been missed and inserting them be a sensible compromise?

Just to add I am alone in the office this week, so don't have anyone to talk to, I have chosen you lot...

Stephan van Hulst wrote:Personally I think if you're interested in learning about the new language features, you're probably better off checking out the Java for the Impatient series by Cay Horstmann. The Effective Java books contain good advice on a myriad of topics that are not necessarily related to newer language versions. That's not to say the books wouldn't be great to have both, since one will introduce you to the topics and the other will give good advice on using them.

2 months ago
Due to work I have mainly been stuck on Java 6 (with brief toe dipping into newer versions).

Would you recommend this as a good introduction into the newer version and the bits that are worth learning and how to do it?
2 months ago

Wendy Gibbons wrote:

Ron McLeod wrote:Click here if its still not clear

the frog and peach classic


warning most likey contains strong language. everything else did.
2 months ago

Ron McLeod wrote:Click here if its still not clear

the frog and peach classic
2 months ago

Randy Maddocks wrote:

Tim Holloway wrote:using Java since 1936

Campbell Ritchie wrote:And I was using Java® long before half past seven

It took me a few seconds, but when I got it, it made my day.   

Good catch Jeanne, where the "recruiter" asks for a copy of your resume that he "supposedly" already has. My dad always told me: when in doubt, or it doesn't feel right in your gut, trust your instincts, or you could get scammed. And he told me that before Internet scammers were around.

Sort of on-topic: Our IT Security team quite often will test internal users to try and catch them off-guard. On one occasion they created a fake LinkedIn profile, which, I have to note, looked authentic (the "person" was a Director of Technical Services at Microsoft, had a nice profile picture and all), with an invitation for users to respond to the profile and provide some information about themselves. Before I start sounding condescending about users who fell for it, I honestly admit I was almost fooled by it as well (and I had been in a technical/security role in IT for several years before becoming a developer). But some users not only responded to it, they provided waaaay too much personal info. At our next IT gathering the security team got up and did their presentation about it. Without giving away employee names, they showed just how much information the fooled users provided - name, address, phone number, job title and description, employer...The point, of course, was to show how easy it is to fall for these nefarious scammers, and how to be more knowledgeable in identifying what is and isn't authentic/malicious.

A customer has given me a laptop to access their systems. I got a dodgy email, so did the correct thing, went into google to search the company claiming to want to talk to me. had I heard of them etc. Well chrome went boom, telling me not to worry as it was a phishing test.
Well i am really pissed off now as their reports will say I failed it.
3 months ago
And thank you everyone, yes i should be fixing them.

I have talked to people and basically they ran out of budget/time. So more forgotten then never had time to do anything
3 months ago
They left years ago. or I would be giving them very hard Paddington Bear stares.
3 months ago
I am currently bug fixing a swing app (2013)
and it is littered with null pointer exceptions. These exceptions don't seem to affect functionality at all.

Here is an example: right clicking on the tree without first selecting a node with left click. So before my null pointer check, no menu is shown, after my null pointer check: no menu is shown BUT no null pointer is thrown.

is it really worth the effort?
I am doing it because I hate null pointer exceptions in my console, but I was wondering are they really bad? or am i just adding in extra processing for the 99% of times when it will just work?

3 months ago
I just solved this myself, by adding this to the server.xml in tomcat. I had already made sure all the existing encodings were correct at utf-8 in the web.xml

4 months ago