Monthly Archives: December 2009

Converting .chm’s for reading on the iriver story

One of the first things I wanted to read on my iriver story was the montly msdn subscription magazine which is available as a .chm. Which unfortunately the iriver story does not support, so I needed to convert it into … Continue reading

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iriver story – firmware upgrade

Santa was very kind to me this year, as he has treated me to an iRiver Story ebook reader. Hopefully this will help me become less reliant to printed books! The first thing I found was that the firmware had … Continue reading

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12 Tips for using Micro Focus COBOL

12 Tips for using Micro Focus COBOL As it is close to Christmas and I wanted to do something with 12 in the title, I’ve thrown together some useful if not un-ordered list of 12 things tips using Micro Focus … Continue reading

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A Comparison Of .Net COBOL, Visual Basic and C#

Today my collegues Robert and Alex have finally decided to publish a document that compares Visual Basic, C# and COBOL for .Net under The Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License. Rather than doing a cut-paste job, here is a quote from … Continue reading

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Free compiler for non-commercial use.

If you are interested in trying out some of my examples with a modern COBOL compiler.. let me give you a quote from a friend. From: Twitter “

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Factory Method Pattern in COBOL

Continuing my series on design patterns for the COBOL, the next one on my list is the “Factory method” pattern. The pattern is useful, as it helps you hide the real implementation/creation mechanism of your classes. I you are fond … Continue reading

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UK National Lottery Wierdness

Some people think the UK National Lottery is a bit of a con and the prize money is a bit low.. but surely it can’t be this low! I think this week I will give it a miss

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Using sun.jvmstat.monitor to see active Java processes

Monitor’ing Java processes can be achieved using the jvmstat monitor classes provided in the JVM. The documentation is a bit sketchy but with a little experimenting it can be done. Below is a little example that shows you how to … Continue reading

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Java process id via java.lang.management

While working on a project recently I need to find out the current process of the active running Java process (for tracing/auditing), however I never found a 100% perfect solution but did come across an acceptable solution to use the … Continue reading

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