Uncategorised IT and development topics

This section contains a number of technical articles about IT tools, languages etc that I work with. I hope something here proves useful.

"Pretty" Formatting of GRAILS Controller rendered JSON

It's not uncommon when developing GRAILS applications that you want a controller to return a volume of data in the "JSON" format. The default controller code looks something like this.. def getData = { def rtn = [ ... some data .... ] render...

Disabling the “Spring” editor’s auto-typing.

This has been driving me crazy, and I've finally solved it - so thought I'd share it with the world. I'm a relative newcomer to the joys of the "Spring" and "Eclipse", and have come from the Linux world of VI and VIM (which I hate to admit, I love)....

Web filtering for IPCop using squidGuard

Introduction squidGuard describes itself as: "An ultrafast and free filter, redirector and access controller for Squid". In my experience, it is the ideal web filter for use with Smoothwall and IpCop since it is lightweight and easy to set up. I use...

White Space - the Developer's Friend

I've been around software development and developers for longer than I care to admit - and I have repeatedly encountered a bad habit that is common to many of them. It may seem a small thing, but inconsistent use of spaces and tabs in code really gets...
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