Posted by & filed under Software engineering, February 21 2007.

In the software team where I work there is a strong focus on using Java as the language of choice for building web-based applications. Now, Java has many strengths. In an environment where many software engineers are working on the same code, and the purpose of that code is to interface with diverse data sources and deliver an enterprise-scale application via a web-based interface (i.e. an HTTP browser), then its usage is a no-brainer.

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Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, February 19 2007.

There’s been a lot of talk on the news recently about safety in the mountains, prompted by several deaths in the past few months in the Coire an t-Sneachda area of the Cairngorm mountains. Yes, there’s no question that people die in the Scottish mountains, especially in winter, and even if they have all the right equipment, experience and training. But the arguments and discussions seem to lack perspective. People die doing all sorts of things, from riding a bike to painting their house. To remove all risk from one’s life is utterly pointless.

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Posted by & filed under Books, IT & the Internet, February 19 2007.

I’m currently taking a detailed a look at what it means to make a website completely ‘secure’. This is a bit of an unattainable concept really, given that there are so many hackers and spammers out there, and there are so many ways they can cause havoc. However, there are a few basic things that people working on web-based applications can do that will make their website 80-90% secure, and hopefully dissuade all but the most determined intruders.

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