FRQ - Heaven, .LA and AOP

Here we go the latest random mumbling from Scott, after a whole week of mindless browsing on the Internet. Not quite, as we only have 4 days of work this week, as we had Queen's Birthday on Monday. Which queen? Not sure. Probably not Queen Amidala :) It has been a busy week, which means less surfing. But anyway, here's some interesting bits.

Blogs

Since mid-April, I have been getting quite a few referrals (more than once a day sometimes) from wuyuetian.blogger.com, and apparently I am on her list of blogrolls, along with some other blogs from people that attend WSCCC (West Sydney Chinese Christian Church) but I have no idea who they are as I usually reside on the east side of Sydney. It feels weird when you are linked by people you don't know.

Christianity

Ever wonder what heaven would be like? Do you have friends that always ask you this kind of questions? Lilis from Pelita has posted a good link on the FOCUS website, answering someone's question on whether unborn babies will go to heaven. Christianity Today: What Will Heaven Be Like?.

Internet

Wow. Los Angeles has become the first city with its own Top Level Domain (TLD)! Go and register yourname.la here! Oh. Wait. The .la TLD is still officially assigned to Laos by IANA, but it is just one of those poor country deal thing like .ws, .tv, etc...

Programming

Aspect Oriented Software Development seems to be quiet an interesting concept that binds components together with scripts and configuration files. I'll just leaven this thing here 'coz I also need to look up later.

  • Connecting with Java Web services - especially on JBoss and how it stacks up with big commerical competitors, and how it tries to move towards Aspect Oriented Programming.
  • Zope 3: Aspect oriented? I've not used Zope since the 2.5 days, as I find the development/deployment too complicated. However I would like to see what direction it is moving to.

Oliver Tseng wrote that Java.net has recently been launched, and it is designed as a community for the Java developers. I used to do 80% Java 2 years ago when I worked with GETS, and Java was considered when we started Xplan. I wish I can do more Java, especially more enterprise level developement. Python+CORBA is cool, but somehow I feel it is not as scalable.

And don't I hate debugging multi-threaded applications without proper language support. This is supposed to be a weblog, but for half an hour reading through posts on news group, mailing list and google, I cannot find a way to dump the stack trace from all the threads in Python. What can you do when your multi-threaded server stopped responding after on-line for a week? There seems to be a patch to add sys._getframes() into Python 2.1, and it should retrieve all the stack frames from all created threads. However it has never seen the light AFAIK...