Installing CentOS 7 – A Graphical Tour for Linux Beginners

If you are new on the Linux platform, I am sure you feel overwhelmed with all the different versions available. Choosing one is not an easy task, and each version has its own pros and cons. Let me tell you why I like CentOS: It is very stable It has well tested features There is a big community around it It has many large software repositories It is Part of the RedHat / Fedora family Installing CentOS Installing a new operating system may seem challenging, but CentOS has always made this task a simple one.

Sunset stroll

Relaxing stroll in the desert.

Compiling and Debugging Oracle's Pro*C files in OS-X / Xcode

Part of my work as a Web/UNIX developer includes maintenance and development of tools using Oracle’s Pro*C. In text interfaces, VIM is a pretty decent tool for creating source code and their companion make files. If you created the right make file, compiling is also a breeze. However things get kind of tricky when you have to debug. Oh my! This can be a difficult task. Many may say that there’s nothing like gdb, but come on guys, even you can’t deny the beauty of a visual debugger.

The Rationale behind the Creation of a Model-View-Controller Framework: Fantastic

Important: This is a work in progress document. The Model-View-Controller is a software pattern frequently used for web development. As its name states, it is composed by three components: A Model or domain representation of a problem. It receives commands, processes them and modifies its state according to the input provided. A View whose main task is to retrieve information from the model and turn it into a useful representation for the user.

Oracle Snippets

This post will be updated with snippets for Oracle. I hope you find it useful.  1. Change the default date format Most useful snippet of the year! 😉 ALTER SESSION SET NLS_DATE_FORMAT = 'MM/DD/YYYY HH24:MI:SS'; select sysdate from dual; 2. Escape single quotes and ampersands on strings Single quotes: select 'D''Angelo''s' from dual; Ampersands: SET DEFINE OFF; 3. Adjust page width and size set pagesize 1000 set linesize 100 4.

How to redirect stdout / stderr to a file

Redirecting all your program output to a file is very simple and can be accomplished like this: myapp > output.log This line will send all the output generated by myapp to a file named output.log. The contents of output.log will always be overwritten; but you can use a second > to append to the current content like this: myapp >> output.log As well as with output, it is very useful to redirect the stderr (standard error output) to a file rather than to the screen.

Intro to Responsive Web Design

This weekend I was invited to have a remote presentation on Responsive Web Design with students from the Autonomous University of Queretaro (UAQ) in Mexico. Introductory concepts are presented in code, so you have the chance to apply them immediately. The video is in spanish. Happy coding.

Create a connection to MySQL in Java

This time we are going to create a basic connection to MySQL in Java and pull some data from it. // Compile it: // javac // // Try it: // java -classpath mysql-connector-java-5.1.27-bin.jar:. MySQL import java.sql.Connection; import java.sql.DriverManager; import java.sql.ResultSet; import java.sql.SQLException; import java.sql.Statement; import java.util.Properties; public class MySQL { public Connection getConnection() throws SQLException { Connection conn = null; Properties p = new Properties(); p.put("user", "username"); p.put("password", "superpassword"); String cs = "jdbc:mysql://localhost/demo"; conn = DriverManager.

Installing Lucene/Solr on CentOS 6

This time we are going to install Solr, the super text search platform on CentOS. The installation process requires a couple extra libraries in order to work: Apache Commons Logging and SLF4J. Installing Java yum install java java -version You must have at least version 1.6 in order to run Solr. If you got Java 1.5, I recommend you to follow this tutorial to get version 1.6. Installing Tomcat yum -y install tomcat6 tomcat6-webapps tomcat6-admin-webapps chkconfig tomcat6 on service tomcat6 start Use a web browser to check it is working correctly.

Installing Java 1.6 on CentOS 6

Java 1.5 is the default Java version you get when you ask yum to install it on CentOS. However, several applications need 1.6 in order to run. Just follow the next steps to install it. Remove Java 1.5 yum remove java-1.5-* Install the rpmforge repository cd rpm --import Check if you have a 32 or 64 CentOS version uname -a For 32 versions (i686) download and install the following repository