Bruno Lowagie's blog

Good candidate for a favorite quote

As read on Stackoverflow:

Hoe schrijf je een boek voor een Amerikaanse IT uitgever?

Heb je altijd al willen weten hoe dat in zijn werk gaat, schrijven voor een grote uitgeverij? Wil je weten hoeveel je verdient aan het schrijven van zo'n boek? En wat is een 'goede oplage' voor een boek dat niet de nieuwe Aspe, Harry Potter, Jeroen Meus of Piet Huysentruyt is? Je leest het allemaal hier:

Google Analytics — August 2012

I predicted that August would be better than July. I was right regarding sales; I was wrong regarding the web statistics:

The site still has a healthy heart beat. There's only one dent in the graphic on August 15th (a holiday in many countries).

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Groovy on Tomcat

Half a year ago, I talked about some blogs written by the iText developers. One of these blogs was iText on the JVM by Michaël Demey. Michaël tested iText on Jython, JRuby, Groovy, Scala and Clojure, and he really liked Groovy. Nowadays, whenever he has to do a quick test of some iText functionality, he write a small Groovy script instead of a Java app.

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iText 5.3.2 — XML Worker 1.1.6

I've just released iText 5.3.2 and XML Worker 1.1.6. We've fixed some minor bugs in XML Worker, but the main reason for this release is iText's digital signature functionality.

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What happens after 1k?

Earlier this week, the received its 1000th Google +1 from its visitors:

Since that day, the counter seems to be stuck. It's still 1k. Shouldn't it by something like 1k+ by now?

Source Sans Pro: a high-quality open source font by Adobe

People know Adobe because of the Create Suite, PhotoShop, Acrobat, InDesign,... but it all started with a small company that developed the PostScript language and a font specification named Type 1. The products we all know and love didn't exist yet, in its early years, Adobe made money selling fonts.
That was a really long time ago. Adobe was founded in 1982, I was 12 years old at that time (I bought my first computer at that age, a TI-99/4A). Thirty years later, Adobe released its first open source font: Source Sans Pro.

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Google Analytics — July 2012

From previous years I know that "Vacation = less traffic on". Let's see if this is true:

Well, that doesn't tell us much, except that the heartbeat of iText is still healthy. There's only one visible dent in the graph: that's the 4th of July.

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Books I've read last month

Two long flights over the atlantic, two weeks in a hotel in the US, one week in the hospital with my son, that was my month of July, and these are the books I've read during that period.

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iText 5.3.1 — XML Worker 1.1.5

I've been in the hospital with my son since Thursday. Before you ask: all is well with him. He had bone cancer in 2008, and he needed a prosthesis. As a result, he now needs a 'leg extension' on a regular basis. As long as his healthy leg grows, he'll need operations to make the other leg 'match'. The surgery went well. If it weren't for the fact that he has to get antibiotics intravenously until next Tuesday, he'd be allowed to go home. Of course: he'll be in a wheelchair for a while. After such an operation, the muscles in his leg are stretched making it impossible for him to bend his leg. He then needs to do exercises to make his muscles adapt to the new length.

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