Lost in Translation ?

I see the link to Babelfish on many blogs to help readers translate the text to various languages. I am not sure how correct that translation is done. Today I tried it just for fun. I translated my last post into French and then translated the French version back to English. Here are the results, […]

Towards harmony with Hibernate

Never thought that leaping into Hibernate1 could be a bit tricky at this time. First there aren't many good step-by-step guide to using Hibernate and secondly all the available ones, perhaps, don't hold good for Hibernate ver 2.01, though it was released almost 6 months back. Now the porting guidelines say that it isn't much […]

Scrollbar for lefties?

Rajesh was intrigued to find the scroll bar on the left of his screen for Google Arabic search and I agree with his observation. Now I am no UI design expert but for languages that are written from right to left is it imperative that the readers are left-handed (no pun intended) too? Also notice […]

JavaRanch Journal ~ November Issue

The November issue of the Javaranch journal is here. The newsletter also featues a review of Whizlab's SCBCD exam simulator.

Is a Certification worth it?

Thomas informs that according to the Sun Wireless Developer Newsletter a new certification exam Sun Certified Mobile Application Developer for J2ME, Version 1.0 is coming up. While this may be some good news for developers, it makes me wonder whether taking a certification exam is worthwhile at all. In a previous post Thomas had raised […]

Castor and the Namespace bug

While working with a new version of Castor I recently encountered a strange error during unmarshalling (creating Java object out of corresponding XML schema). The error was as follows: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: The prefix ‘xml’ is reserved (XML 1.0 Specification) and cannot be declared. Luckily, some Googling brought me to this thread which explains the probable reasons […]