So, here are some photos from the event. Not the best quality… I have the feeling that my camera is getting too old… But still, hope you enjoy them)))

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Yesterday was a really wonderful day. I have visited the lecture of the creator of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales! It is really cool to see one of the 100 most influential people in the world just from 4-5 meters.

So… the impressions. Well, he is cool! He works very nice with his audience. Very informative and with lots of humor. This makes you fill comfortable and you really do not recognize the time. He said many really good jokes. My girlfriend has recorded them. I will post a link to her blog as soon as she publishes them (and if I am allowed).

Now about the content of the lecture. I can’t say I’ve discovered something absolutely new… all the statistics he gave could be easily found over the net. He said, that his mission was to populate the Wikipedia her in Bulgaria, but as he mentioned this is not the right place – it is already popular here, or better to say very popular)) . For me it was more interesting to understand the social and philosophical aspects of wiki. And I think I did. First – the role of Jimmy in the project. I think his job is just to be a generator of ideas and a good manager. As he said it is not his job to know how it’s technically implemented. Although I think he does understand the technologies being used. He also has this social feeling. I mean he can understand what people like and do not, in he can quickly adapt. Second – the role of the community. The way it’s treated. I mean, in which frames it can be the most productive and involved. Or better to say how strict the rules must be. I think here Jimmy has found the right formula! He told us about the Nupedia and why it failed, and why the wiki has succeeded (actually, this was my question (shy…)).

Actually, the second part of the lecture, where he answered the questions was the most interesting. Some of them, like connected with copyright, license or the ownership of information were really good. I liked his joke: on the question “who owns the information, owns the world. Who would be the next master of the world?”, he answered politely – “well, that would be me…”.

It is hard to describe the whole lecture here. You could try to find it over the web, and make your own conclusions. But it was really cool to participate. The atmosphere was very friendly. It was interesting to try to understand his philosophy and the way he thinks.

Simply, one of the greatest!

Don’t miss this kind of lectures! If you have the smallest possibility – just go!

p.s. I will try to post some photos later))

First useful info…

June 4, 2009

Well, maybe not so useful, and not that new… but I will post it. On my last project we were restricted to use special plug-ins for eclipse for code like PMD and CheckStyle. First it was awful!!! All your coding style, built with years goes to hell! A lot of rude words were said…

As some time passed, I found out that it is not that bad. Just follow the rules… after some more time, I saw that the code I write is much more readable and secure. Yeah, exactly – secure! This is achieved mainly with control of visibility, mutability and inheritance denial. Or with java syntax – use of “private final”. Now I think I will use these methods in all my projects , even although they are not required.
For all programmers, that love good readable code, in my opinion it is highly recommended to use these tools. Visit http://pmd.sourceforge.net/ and http://checkstyle.sourceforge.net/ for more info.

And you could try some of my configurations. They are used for webapps, that’s why System.out.println is forbidden. Useful critics accepted)))

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Well, donno… this was quite unexpected even for me… I always thought that a “blog” is just a waste of time… better read a book or play a game)) People just sit wondering what to do. Then suddenly they begin to write something. Sometimes something really stupid. Then I saw some blogs with really cool content. Very very clever people share their experience in various topics. In one moment I thought that could also share something, but I found out I got just nothing to say. This was a few years ago. I think, as I started to work, have a University behind me, I have gathered some stuff that could be useful for some one. And I want to try to share it. And maybe not things connected with my job. Something I thing worth being posted… This is an experiment for me. I will first try it on free services like this. If I keep on posting, maybe I would even pay for hosting and domain. So! “POEHALI!!!” As Gagarin said))