Thursday, December 23, 2004

Red Piranha Version 2 now live

Version number 2 of Red Piranha is now live at

This version is a lot faster , is a lot more stable and provides a good Lucene based search engine. It's a good foundation for all the RDF / Semantic and Feedback/Learning features we have lined up for version 3.

It also can be used in a number of ways - from a personal search engine (want google desktop search , but are running Linux or a Mac?) , to Intranet Search , or Integration with your development projects (it's written in Java/J2EE , but will successfully integrate with .Net , Perl , PHP and any number of Web / Command-Line / Other clients such as Eclipse and Flash.

Have fun and let us know how you get on .

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Red Piranha Mailing Lists

Been doing a lot of work on the Red-Piranha community site ahead of the version 2 release. I've forgotton most of what sourceforge can do for you , seeing as it's been a couple of years.

Anyway , got the mailing lists setup at

Monday, December 20, 2004

Refactoring Notes - 1st Draft

Just posted the initial draft of my notes on Refactoring - available at

Mainly stuff from Opdyke , but also my summary of the lecture notes at UCD in Dublin.

The original examples are C++ rather than Java based , but at this high level , the principles are the same.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Masters in Advanced Software Engineering

First week of masters course in software engineering.

This weeks training was on refactoring - Notes to follow , but broadly using fowlers book on refactoring ( Fairly industry standard stuff , but might give you pause for thought before diving in and copying/pasting left right and centre.

On a practical side , the course uses a lot of Java / J2EE , Eclipse and Tomcat, with quite a high level expected in these (e.g. the refactoring group assignment expected these to be built on a bare machine before the refactoring proper could begin - easy enough if you've done it before , but not really the object of the course!!)

The course itself is on UCD's Belfield campus , and is run for 3 weeks a year (part time) with exams in June.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Red Piranaha Available

First Version of Red Piranha (Open Source Search and Knowledge Management) now available on sourceforge -

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