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IBM Connections Toolbar for Firefox

For last year's Hackday, Gearóid Ó Treasaigh, Ciarán Ó hUallacháin and I created a Firefox toolbar for IBM Connections. It is still going strong and we recently added Firefox 7 support to it!

Hopefully we'll get around to releasing it to the general public on Lotus Greenhouse or presenting it in a developerWorks article sometime soon. If only we weren't so busy!

WebDAV for IBM Connections Files

For Hackday 9, my project was to write a WebDAV interface to Connections Files. I've an iPad and an iPhone myself and I felt the lack of WebDAV support was a feature that was calling out for developer attention.

I implemented it with the help of the Milton Java WebDAV Server Library which I can highly recommend.

If I have time, I'll write up a blog post at some point detailing how I went about my implementation.

Currently, it is read only but I hope to have the time to add support for uploading new files and new versions of files soon.

Setting up Tomcat + Eclipse on OSX

I recently installed Tomcat 7 and got it working with Eclipse Helios on Mac OSX Lion.
  1. Install Homebrew:
    /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/gist/323731)"
  2. Install Tomcat:
    sudo brew install tomcat
  3. Test the Tomcat install by starting the server:
    sudo catalina start
  4. Set it so that you can start it without using sudo:
    sudo chgrp -R your_user_name
    sudo chmod -R g+rw /usr/local/Cellar/tomcat/
  5. Stop the Tomcat server (if you have not already):
    sudo catalina stop
  6. Test the change to the file permissions for Tomcat by starting the server as yourself without sudo:
    catalina start
  7. Stop the Tomcat server (we want Eclipse to do the starting and stopping):
    catalina stop
  8. In Eclipse, open the 'Servers' view and add a new Tomcat server. Key point is to make sure to change the name of the server so that it does not contain any spaces! If you don't have a 'Servers' view, you need to go download 'Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers'.
  9. All done! You should now be able to start and stop Tomcat from Eclipse. :)

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