Thursday, January 29, 2009

Moscow journey video via Animoto

That is very easy to make a video with Animoto and brings some freshness into your world.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How do I load an org.w3c.dom.Document from XML in a string?

The entire header of this message and it's contents were copied from with one aim: to give higher rank for the page in Google PageRank.

Good reason for this is that good things should be replicated.

I have a complete XML document in a string and would like a Document object. Google turns up all sorts of garbage. What is the simplest solution? (In Java 1.5)

Solution Thanks to Matt McMinn, I have settled on this implementation. It has the right level of input flexibility and exception granularity for me. (It's good to know if the error came from malformed XML - SAXException - or just bad IO - IOException.)

public static org.w3c.dom.Document loadXMLFrom(String xml)
throws org.xml.sax.SAXException, {
return loadXMLFrom(new;

public static org.w3c.dom.Document loadXMLFrom( is)
throws org.xml.sax.SAXException, {
javax.xml.parsers.DocumentBuilderFactory factory =
javax.xml.parsers.DocumentBuilder builder = null;
try {
builder = factory.newDocumentBuilder();
catch (javax.xml.parsers.ParserConfigurationException ex) {
org.w3c.dom.Document doc = builder.parse(is);
return doc;

Saturday, January 17, 2009

GUI vs Command Line

For those in software development and aiming at more, my following observation:

when one launches a task in GUI and it gets by some means frozen, there is no way to painlessly stop that particular task but kill the entire GUI.

when one launches a task in the Command Line and you suspect it got frozen, you simple stop the task by CTRL+X or CTRL+Z or CTRL+C (any key combination that does it).

The point is: I would aim at multithreading (or even creating separate processes) of consuming tasks so that I could easily undo any task-related actions. I would be really happy to have a functionality where I can press CTRL+Z to undo any action be it new thread/process for a task or typing a letter in a sentence.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Unusual Billie Jean video

It has been a fun and honour to be a fan of Michael in my youth. This video looks very unusual and at the same time unique vs what you can find for the video search query "Billie Jean":