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.
Earlier this week, the itextpdf.com-site 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?
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.
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.
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.
Day 1: trains, planes and automobiles.
We took a cab to Antwerp, the train to Amsterdam, the plane to Dulles.
During our previous visit to California, we were invited to Washington DC by the CEO of an American Company. We also wanted to visit Dries (Acquia, Drupal) in Boston, so we planned our vacation so that it started in Washington DC and ended in Boston.