March, 22nd 2014
I really like how Gradle displays progress while it’s fetching artifacts from Maven repositories, but I was always wondering why you cannot use the same functionality when you’re downloading arbitrary files in your build script. You can of course use Ant’s download task to fetch files, but it does not display progress information. Since I couldn’t find a solution on the Internet I decided to write a plugin.
October, 25th 2013
I was working very hard on the new version of citeproc-java lately and I’m glad to announce that it has just been released. The highlights in version 0.6 are:
September, 16th 2013
I was recently writing a scientific document with AsciiDoc. As usual my toolchain was AsciiDoc → DocBook → FO → PDF. It really worked quite well until I came to the point where manually adding citations and editing the bibliography by hand became really complex and I suddenly found myself yearning for more automation.
May, 9th 2013
May, 2nd 2013
I’ve just released the source code of the Spamihilator website as Open Source. You can download it from the following GitHub repository:
March, 30th 2013
phpBB is an open-source forum software that is very popular and widely used. This makes it an ideal target for spammers. The phpBB developers therefore implemented an improved Captcha in version 3.0. But spammers have already adapted to this and have implemented improved bots that are able to break the new Captcha and to automatically create junk posts. In the following I will describe five anti-spam measures that effectively reduce spam in every phpBB 3.x instance. The main goal of these measures is to block as many spam posts as possible without affecting normal forum users.