New articles on developerWorks! Watching them publish is like that first time that you open a bag of coffee, so fresh, so new, so invigorating.
If you've been following our Spring Roo series then you are undoubtedly looking forward to the next installment, which is "Part 5: Write advanced and wrapper Spring Roo add-ons". Shekhar's series has been very popular, each article getting tens of thousands of views and high ratings. He continues to push forward, guiding you through creating a template for advanced add-ons and then extending it to add your own functionality.
This series is extremely hands-on and I imagine that anyone who has been following it already has functional items. I think people are inspired when the read what others are doing. Take some time to share what you're doing with Spring Roo in the Real World Open Source group. If there are some really good entries maybe I'll come up with a way to highlight you. It won't be an official IBM recognition, because that involves many lawyers and such, but maybe we can do something fun. Maybe I'll design a cool T-Shirt or something.
I'm afraid that I tend to hack my stuff. I root my phone; I mess with my laptop and try to connect things in weird ways. I hack my home router. I just love exploring ways that I can make things work differently than they were intended. I also enjoy taking existing hardware and software and using it to take the place of expensive commercial options. I seem to have a kindred spirit in Carla Schroder.
This week, Carla walks us through using hostapd, a strong security solution that can take the place of a complex RADIUS server for WIFI in locations that don't need a full-on Enterprise solution. Like most open-source infrastructure solutions it is elegant and easy, with a little know-how. Carla gives you the knowhow to get started. I'm actually thinking of applying this in a church network that wants more control over their wireless.
Check out Carla's article, "Strong WiFi encryption the easy way with hostapd" and share what you do with it in the Real World Linux group. Again, maybe I'll come up with something special to recognize good stories.
To be continued...
I have some compulsory tasks to complete after being away from the office for a couple of days. After that I want to share a couple of technical adventures I've been having with phone rooting and URL shortening. I'll tweet when I do that update, so you should definately be following cmw_osdude on Twitter.