Oct 16 2017

Happy Birthday to John Mayer!

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 20:29

My favorite singer is celebrating his 40th birthday today. As you will probably figure out soon I’m a little obsessed with this person. John Mayer is an amazing guitarist, I am expecting to be one of the names in the music hall of fame, next to Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, BB King and others. I think he is one of the best guitarists of the century and I am glad I was born in this day and age and have my ears caressed by the sounds he can make a guitar produce.

He also has an amazing voice, and he’s quite handsome for his age, of course. But this has nothing to do with my “obsession” for him. I think I just like him as an artist because he is really good at expressing how he feel through music and sharing it with his listeners.

My dear John Mayer, thank you for your whole existence and your dedication to music. Being able to listen to you sing live was the highlight of this year. I hope you live for many years from now and continue making beautiful music. Please take care of yourself and continue making your dreams come true! Happy birthday!


Oct 15 2017

Spring Stereotype Annotations

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 21:18

Yes, finally a technical post. ;)

Having finished writing my third  Spring book, it was about time I should start writing technical posts as well. Being an accessible online person, quite a few people that read my books find mistakes or have interesting questions. I am really happy when people find mistakes, this means that they are actually reading the books, taking them seriously, including reading the references to the official documentation, which is more on point and more detailed than a book written by an “external” will ever be.

And I am happier when questions that question my own understanding of the framework are risen as well. Because this motivates me to dig deep into the documentation, to ask other technical people I know what their opinion is. It is an opportunity for communication and debate.

The last question I had from a reader was about the @Configuration annotation. He asked why is this annotation not mentioned as being a stereotype annotation in the book and if this is not a mistake on my part. He gave me some links to some official documentation and his opinion about the matter. After I queried  multiple resources, including my technical reviewer, who is a Spring  trainer for Pivotal this is the answer I came up with.
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Aug 26 2017

The long way back

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 10:33

In the Atlanta airport I met Kyle, that is a half Irishman, half Scottish American. I should have figured out his origins by the fact that he started his day with three Bloody Mary drinks. We had a nice chat about people work ethic and mountains. I then boarded the plane and wrote one of the entries for this blog. I think I also slept a little. I can tell you for sure that time flew as well, because the time to land came quite quickly.

In Washington Dulles I had a lot of time to spend, because on the way back is when the time zone difference causes a lot of trouble. Back to Europe I was flying with United Airlines which is a more lower cost version of Lufthansa with a crappy site that did not allow me to check in and choose my own seats. So I ended up in 45 E, between a handsome Russian and a nice English woman.

I went through all the customs and flying formalities and here I was with only one bag and a lot of time on my hands. So I stopped in a bar and asked for a beer and a meal and went back to blogging. I keep hoping that when I get home I will have other subjects to write about, so I want to finish all vacation entries before I come back. Also I just do not want to risk forgetting more of the thoughts I am having now.

By the time I had to board, entries up to and including the 21st of August were already done. Then, because the movies and TV series provided by United presented no interest to me, I continued blogging. And now here I am, seven hours later, almost all entries are done. What they are missing are some pictures, maybe. But aside from that all the data is in. I have about seven hours of wait in Munich. That is where all the entries will be polished and then published on the blog. I will get home at 06:00PM, so I’ll have just enough time to take a long bath, watch Game of Thrones and console the cat for my absence. Then I will doze off to sleep and I will wake up into my routine weekend life.

It is weird how wasting so much time in airports does not feel so bad. I was expecting to get crazy bored. I guess blogging can be quite time consuming, especially the way I do it. Honestly, I doubt somebody will actually read all my crazy and boring thoughts. But who knows, maybe in some other part of the world there is a stranger or a friend stuck for hours in an airport. And they do not have a blog, or are not as passionate about writing as I am, but they are passionate about reading. So here it is, enough material to kill a few hours. You are welcome.

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Aug 24 2017

The US adventure(part 14): back in Atlanta

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 9:50

In Kings Mountain I had a smoker room, I either booked it by mistake, or I booked it out of necessity, because there was nothing else, but the lady at the reception was so nice and did not give up until I allowed her to use some indoor aromatic spray in a desperate try to mask the burned tobacco stench. I unpacked a few minimum things and had a shower, then drifted off to sleep. This motel was next to a highway and judging by the multitude of trucks parked around it, it was a trucker hotel. As a consequence I got woken up around five or six in the morning but a few angry truck engines. But I was really tired and I went back to sleep for two more hours.

I left Kings Mountain and headed for Atlanta again. To my surprise in two hours I was there so I just parked my car into a public parking and started asking Google what more could I do in Atlanta. There were a few things on the list, but one of them, that was also recommended by some friends on Facebook was to go to the Coca-Cola museum. So I did, although the aquarium was more appealing to me, but then again how many aquariums can you visit in a lifetime? :))

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Aug 23 2017

The US adventure(part 13): beach day

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 9:44

For this vacation I had one beach day planned, the 23rd of August. So in the morning, I got dressed into my beach attire, checked out from the hotel and moved my ass to the beach. Parking+beach chair=45$, so if I see “free” written somewhere one more time I’ll kill somebody.

Anyway, I’ve made myself comfortable, covered my body with sunscreen and I just enjoyed a full day of doing nothing. From time to time I took a break to play in the ocean. My chair was next to the lifeguard, so I could not swim too much because apparently the rule is for the water to not go over your knee. Oh well…

It was a really relaxing day, just listening to the waves, playing in the sand and in the water. At that moment I wished I could have stayed one more day, but the plan was already done, I had to be in Kings Mountain that night and I had a 4 hour drive ahead of me.

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Aug 22 2017

The US adventure(part 12): that one gesture

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 23:23

August 22nd is the day when I got close to the Atlantic Ocean in the South. The first city in my way was Charleston. I stopped there for a walk down the beach, a stroll through the city market and a fancy lunch. Charleston is one of the oldest cities in US and this is quite obvious from its architecture. It’s a really cozy town, with a nice pier and park and a culture of hand made things. I think this town might actually have Irish or Scotish roots, because I recognised some symbols and motives in their handiwork. I loved this city and I would have loved to stay there more, but I needed to get to Myrtle Beach. And now, this is going to turn into one of those posts you like reading on this blog, probably.

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Aug 20 2017

The US adventure(part 10): sleeping in “the hood” and flowers

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 21:34

Driving to the motel was easy. I had intentionally picked a motel close to the airport, because I was going to land after midnight and I did not want to drive too much to a bed or struggle with finding a parking spot for my car. The driving was the easy part. Stopping the wipers of the car, that I activated by mistake was a different matter. I tried all positions that seemed to do it, but no, the wipers were still moving once a minute. I got to the motel and I was scared again. The area looked really shady. Maybe because it was night, maybe because it looked really dirty, I really do not know. But when I was finally in my room with my bags and with my door locked, I was finally able to relax. I took a quick shower, I put on my pyjamas and that was that.

At 9 I was out the door and on my way to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Honestly, the area did not look that shady in the morning. I drove to the garden with the wipers on, still on that weird setting that made them move once a minute. Although I took the car manual with me in the motel room, I was not able to find clear instructions on how to turn them off and the internet was nice enough to get me paranoid about the extra-sensitive rain sensor, so I was quite convinced the sensor was broken. I even asked on Facebook how to turn the damn sensor off, I even considered taking the car back, but I was 90% convinced I was doing something wrong. So, putting aside all the jokes about removing the windshield altogether, before leaving the garden, I gave it one more try. Well, more than one. I tried every combination of inert settings possible for the wipers, waiting one minute after each setting to see if they still move. And at some point, they stopped. Victory!

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