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Kotlin vs Scala a novice comparison

A dissatisfaction with the Kotlin compiler (seemingly you can’t compile inter dependent sources on their own…) lead me to have a quick look at other JVM alternatives.  Scala is a project which by now is mature and stable, its also had significant financial backing from a number of sources, which at least gives you the… Read More »

using LibGDX with Kotlin, a Kotlin novice perspective

Momentum has been gathering behind Kotlin for some time now, and like many programmers from time to time you just have to investigate a new language.  Usually in a new language what you are really testing out is the infrastructure around the language, but in common with the other JVM languages you have a fantastic… Read More »

Anatomy of a simple Ant build.xml file

I very often start a new Java project by copying over a boiler plate build file, which I thought others might find useful as a quick start.  I usually have a minimum of three directories in a project, bin is where the compiled class files go and is in the runtime classpath, lib is where… Read More »

NodeMCU Arduino pin confusion and SD card access

I chose NodeMCU’s ESP8266 board, mainly because it was cheap on ebay but also because it seemed to have everything I needed (as many pins broken out as possible – more later and enough of a circuit to get started with) Knowing it was compatible with not only NodeMCU’s firmware (uses Lua) but also MicroPython… Read More »

3d Printing with PETg (why I’m a fan)

… or maybe fan is the wrong word as you’ll see … I’d never had much luck with the fans that came with my other wise high quality printer, alas they only ever produced a very weak barely noticeable stream of air.  This had the biggest impact when printing highly angled overhangs with PLA.  While… Read More »

Using an Arduino to run a Z80

Years ago I had the bright idea of using a micro controller to support a Z80 to make a simple computer.  After ordering the parts for various reasons it never got done, looking now there are a tonne of people who have had the same idea, so taking the parts out of a dusty container… Read More »

JavaFX Scene Builder without the nag screen

While it’s tempting to just grab a ready made executable from Gluon, it comes with a really irritating feature, it repeatedly but intermittently asks you to “register”.  Not wishing any more spam than I already get I decided to decline their “kind” invitation (again and again and again….), eventually it got tiresome enough to drive… Read More »

Cyanogenmod is dead :-( Long live Lineage OS :-)

If you’ve more than a passing interest in Android you will have heard with some concern that Cyanogenmod has shut up shop, while there has been a growing unease with the behaviour of Cyanogen Inc. having an independent “rom” vendor is something that is more than just convenient. Its only really taken Lineage OS a… Read More »