"Exploring Software Column" tag
Exploring ZODB

Exploring Software: ZODB, a NoSQL Database

Let’s explore how to use ZODB, a NoSQL database, from Python,¬†with an example that stores and retrieves ‘album’ and ‘track’ data from the database. Most of us are accustomed to using a relational…

Groovy, baby!

Exploring Software: Extending J2EE Applications Using Grails

We look at how J2EE users can benefit from agile development methodologies by using Grails to maximise the returns from their middleware layer. Exploring Grails is very much like exploring Rails. This is…

I Grok!

Exploring Software: Getting a Hang of Zope’s Grok

According to Wikipedia, “to grok” is to share the same reality or line of thinking with another physical or conceptual entity. For example, to say that you “know” LISP is simply to assert…

Grok -- now even cavemen can use Zope 3!

Exploring Software — Alternatives to Rails, Django

Zope 3 never picked up because most of the popular projects/products based on the application server never migrated from Zope 2. With “Grok — now even cavemen can use Zope 3!” Listening to…

Understanding a Netbook Desktop

Exploring Software: Understanding a Netbook Desktop

Desktop environments are wonderful in the way they just work. The complexity of what is happening “below the hood” is well hidden from us. Looking at the various netbook options, I was curious…

OOo and VBA -- status update!

Exploring Software: The State of VBA in OpenOffice.org Calc

I keep trying to file my income tax returns online. However, I insist on using OpenOffice.org and so I have failed to accomplish what I set out to do. A request on the…

Delta Packages

Exploring Software: Delta Packages — Speed Up Updates By Downloading Less

An RPM package is essentially an archive with packaging and control information — for example, you can extract the contents of a .rpm file using the rpm2cpio utility. A delta RPM is created…

Intelligent package management

Exploring Software: PackageKit — Overcoming Prejudice

My first reaction to the PackageKit UI, after its initial release on Fedora, was negative. It was prejudice at first sight. I did not see any advantage in reinventing the wheel. The only…

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