Showing posts from October, 2013

End of an Era

Given that I have been staying up a bit later than usual in recent weeks to watch my Red Sox successful quest to win another title, my schedule has been slightly off.

Among other items, I almost missed the fact that Roger Brinkley recorded his last episode of the Java Spotlight Podcast.

The episode, number 150, is a particularly good one IMHO because it's an interview with James Gosling.  Certainly some of what was asked and answered is not necessarily news but it is a very nicely done casual interview with one of our industry greats.  Hearing his perspective and knowing he is happily coding mostly Java using NetBeans made me smile.  Being a positive guy and wanting relative peace and harmony in our field, not to mention the world in general, I really appreciated hearing James say that he feels Oracle has been a good steward of Java.

While I agree with the sentiment, I think because many, including James, did not expect it, the FUD-effect has lingered.  When James Gosling speaks, …


Earlier today I installed Mavericks on my MacBook Pro.  I found I had to reinstall Java 7 (JRE) in  order to get the Java Control Panel back.  I was also prompted to reinstall Java 6 when I started an older Java application.

As far as NetBeans 7.4 development goes, I have not yet noticed any problems.

All in all, so good.

Glassfish Informix JDBC

I recently had a need to get an Informix database connection going on Glassfish.  This is documented but what I found was not quite enough to get me going.
I was using the JDBC driver from IBM.  After the driver is installed, there are six jar files in the lib directory.  Given that Informix is one of our primary databases, we use this driver with a variety of Java-based development tools.  Typically this involves making the ifxjdbc.jar file available on the CLASSPATH and you're good to go.
In order to create an Informix JDBC Connection Pool in Glassfish,  I found that I needed to put both the ifxjdbc.jar and the ifxjdbcx.jar files in Glassfish lib directory.
I used javax.sql.DataSource as the Resource Type and entered com.informix.jdbcx.IfxDataSource as the Datasource Classname.
The additional settings properties I entered are pictured below.

HTH, Carl