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7 posts from October 2009


Bling v0.4 Released - Blog Ping Tool

I'm releasing an updated version of bling today.  Written in groovy, the changes and additions made in this version are as follows:

  1. Added 2 Additional Services:  BlogBuzzMachine and FeedBlitz.  
  2. IceRocket is no longer managed separately since using the same XML-RPC calls that everything else uses also now seems to work for IceRocket.  Right now, the section of the script that contained the separate IceRocket calls has been commented out and will be removed entirely in the net release.
  3. As mentioned above in the version 3.0 section, WeBlogALot has been removed.  In the time since version 3.0 was released, I never got a successful ping.
  4. The spooky and primitive output format utilizing whitespace and tabs has been replaced with padded output.  Thanks again to Mr.Haki for publishing his post about Padding Strings in Groovy.  
  5. Finally, fixed a potential bug in the !response.flerror section, where !response was actually set as !resp.
With this script, after modifying it to include your Blog Title and Blog URL, you can ping 22 blog directories, news aggregators, and other blog services.  This script is a bit different from all the other posts out there in that I've actually tested each endpoint and the ones included in bling seem to work.

The main bling page provides all the documentation and the main downloads page has been updated.  Source is below.

#!/usr/bin/env groovy

import groovy.net.xmlrpc.*
import groovy.util.slurpersupport.GPathResult

// You'll want to make this next section your own
def blogTitle = "YOUR_BLOG_TITLE_HERE"

// Set up a map (hash) of popular rpc endpoints
// It is too bad for my syntax highlighter, but some of 
// the blogs containing periods in their names necessitated
// placing them in quotes. 

def trackbacks = [
 Syndic8:'http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php' ,
 Technorati:'http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping' ,

// Set up canned responses to make the outputted responses nicer.
// Previously, the output used the literal response from the endpoint
// which did not look all that nice in a terminal window.
def weal = "Thanks for the ping!"

// Here is the section responsible for iterating through each ping
// url in the trackbacks map.

println "====PING RESULTS===="
trackbacks.each {
 def url = it.value
 def proxy = new XMLRPCServerProxy(url)
 response = proxy.weblogUpdates.ping(blogTitle, blogURL)
 response.data instanceof GPathResult

 if (!response.flerror)
 println " ${it.key}".padRight(25) + "${weal}"
 println " ${it.key}".padRight(25) + "${woe}"

 }catch(ConnectException ex) {
 println " ${it.key}".padRight(25) + "${woe}" 
 }catch(IOException ex){
 println " ${it.key}".padRight(25) + "${woe}"
println "===================="


SpringSource Releases tc Server Developer Edition Preview

I just downloaded it myself and watched the demo and tc Server Developer Edition actually looks pretty cool.  It integrates tomcat 6.0.20 and an application health and application monitoring tool called Spring Insight, which lets you view in real time a bevy of application and server-related statistics.   Personally, I think developers are really going to love this but this product is not meant for production deployments.

The entry on the SpringSource Team Blog provides an introduction to tc Server Developer Edition.  There is also a short screencast that provides an introduction to the bundled Spring Insight tool.  

Currently a preview release, the cost to get access to SpringSource tc Server Developer Edition is some basic registration information.  Download it when you can.  If you are in operations and/or infrastructure, this will also give you an introduction to the tc Server product and provide some intel on how the product differs from a standard tomcat distribution.

I still have no idea how much SpringSource charges for tc Server.  If anyone out there uses it, let me know and also let me know if you have any opinions on it that we can share.


Sun Publishes Glassfish vs. JBoss Comparison Guide

Poor Redhat.  First SpringSource declares war and now Sun is joining in.  Today Sun made available a 14 page Glassfish vs. JBoss Comparison Guide, (Sun login required to download).  Check it out.  It actually makes for pretty interesting reading and if I was eager to see Redhat/JBoss's response to SpringSource, they've now got me besides myself with excitement waiting to hear how they respond to both SpringSource and Sun!  It's going to be epic!!