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Here we are at SpringOne/2GX

The opening night festivities have kicked off this year’s SpringOne and 2GX (Groovy/Grails). The keynote is happening right now and we will be giving a recap during the day tomorrow. While we are here, we hope to also interview (video or audio) a some of the committers we know to get an update on their projects. If you have anything you would like us to ask and who you might want us to interview, please post a comment. Our team…

Getting Started with Android

Today, I interviewed Andy Oswald, one of our architects. Andy is embarking on developing an Android application for the Philly ETE conference. In this talk, he discusses the choices he made in getting started. With so much information, he shows the particular path he took which may help if you are beginning this type of work. The site he references is actually : developer.android.com In future weeks, we’ll follow Andy’s progress as he finishes the application.

The Philly Tech Startup Community

Chariot Solutions was once a start up, way back in 2002. The beginning and the first few years were a roller coaster ride. And even though, we are now at the ripe old age of 7, I like to think we continue to operate with the spirit of a start up. Because of our background, Chariot is a supporter of the Philadelphia tech start up community. Start ups are a vital part of the region and help bring news ideas…

Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise 2010 Annoucement

For our 2010 edition of Emerging Tech, we are happy to be sharing some of our time with our friends from Sonatype. At this year’s conference, Jason van Zyl, approached our team about working with the Maven or Apache groups to have a joint event. It was very nice to hear that speaker who travels the conference circuit thought so highly of our event. We thought about it, had some discussions and we decided it would be a great idea…

Training and Mentoring before the age of Google

Ah, I can remember it like it was yesterday. I’m 40 now, but in my mid 20’s, I was one of those “wiz-kids” at the dawn of Client Server. When BitNet and BBSes were the norm and the “Internet” was usually accessed using UseNet net news and a dialup modem. In those years, my now-Chariot co-hort Gordon Dickens and I led training courses in technologies like Powerbuilder (remember that?), Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server, Data Modeling, and more. We were…

Social Media and the Technologist

Yesterday, Skip Shuda and Marilyn Moran, of Team and a Dream, stopped by our offices to discuss social media and what it means to Chariot’s team members. We reviewed some of the basics, but also discussed why a person in the technical field should care. After our meeting, they sat down for an interview with Ken Rimple. Also, note the video shot is not shaking this time. We now have a tripod!

iPhone and SSL

One of the problems I ran into while working on our iPhone app (see past post) is handling SSL connections. It works just fine with proper certificates, but we have several machines with self-signed SSL certificates. The normal NSURLConnection in the iPhone SDK just rejects connections to a server with a self-signed certificate, and there isn’t an obvious API to get around that. A few searches turned up a way to override part of NSURLRequest or something like that, but…

Dan Allen Interview at JBoss Word – Seam update

JBoss World is winding down. It has been a good few days in Chicago. We have had the chance to catch up with some old friends and meet some new ones. Our next sit down is with Dan Allen, a good friend of Chariot’s and a JBoss developer who wrote Seam In Action. Also, check out longer interviews with Dan at Chariot TechCast: Dan Allen on Seam, Part 1 – Dan Allen on Seam, Part 2. Dan – we are…