Friday, 8 July 2011

Reading Java Peristence with Hibernate

Cover of book Java Persistence with HibernateI just read the first chapter of this book. The field has become much more complex since I read the previous edition, Hibernate in Action way back in 2006. Now there it covers EJB 3.0 and Java Persistence API. And twice as long. And I think I need to read it all again, as so much has changed, and now with annotations. What with the new third edition of Spring in Action winging or sailing its way across the Atlantic I won't be short of summer reading this year.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Spanish Software Company Caught Up In Fraud Investigation

One of Spain's leading software development companies, Microgénesis, has been caught up in action by Spanish anti-corruption investigation. The Spanish performing rights, royalties collection and anti-piracy body SGAE saw its board of directors arested and taken away for questioning and their files seized during a raid on their headquarters in Madrid last week. The president of the SGAE was taken away in handcuffs by the police but later released pending charges. Microgénesis, which boasts many large and well-known clients, was part of a network of companies run by the organisation and members of the directors' families, which received funds from the SGAE. According to reports in online newspaper Público the directors of the firm, which has been operating for 19 years, and is well known for open-source solutions and use of agile methodologies, were arrested as part of the investigation.

Blog Resuscitated

After three years of silence I feel the urge once again to communicate through the medium of this blog. Once more I have something interesting to say, and I'm free to say it. At the time of the last post it was the management of my then employer, Fundosa Technosite who obliged me to desist from writing anything more. That decision was symptomatic of the increasing "dumbing down" of the Accessibility Department, and the drift away from any kind of innovation, into an endless run of monotonous and not very useful reports on website accessibility, and the loss of the pioneering spirit that had motivated the team in the preceding years. In the end I was glad to have been given the push earlier this year, and the opportunity to move into more interesting fields.