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2008 flashback

That’s it. Holidays are here, this year is almost over, time slows down for a few days so that we can look back, then enjoy and start again.

img_0076This post is probably not be of great use to anyone but me, but it’s a blog after all, sometimes I can use it as a personal journal too, like all those teenagers.

This year was actually very rich to me. I got to discover a few very interesting technologies, starting with OSGi and its ability to break up with big monolithic enterprise applications. And I really dived into Flex and how it can integrate with Java, which culminated in this tutorial, which was even republished on the Adobe Developer Connection. And finally, in my quest to discover better ways to develop applications, I came across Jetbrains MPS. And when I realized it was still far from being ready for prime time, I decided to keep it on my radar but focus on a more realistic alternative on a shorter term: Groovy/Grails. Now I’ve widened my technological scope beyond just JEE and AndroMDA, and I feel quite ready for the challenges ahead.

More importantly, this year will have been a great initiatic journey. Last year at about the same period, I decided I wanted to turn one of my ideas into a company, to create my own startup. The road was bumpy, my colleagues at Axen could feel it, friends who joined me on this journey could feel it too. I put a lot of things in question: my job, my ambitions, my strengths and weaknesses. And the project failed… so far! But they say there’s always hope at the end of the tunnel.

I had the idea, I had the skills, I had the will, time and energy, and yet there was this big barrier to entry, this thing that seems so important to everybody that nations and societies, people and governments are falling apart just because of it: money. I’ve always felt bad about money, like it was the poisonous blood flowing in the veins of an otherwise healthy man, eating him from the inside out, like something that is here to transport what makes us live, but that we’ve come to confuse for life itself. And it happened, crisis happened, the disease hit us all. We’re still far from the bottom since we still believe that the best cure against poisonous blood is more blood. But I don’t want to wait. My failed project and the recent course of events have made me realize something: THERE’S GOTTA BE A BETTER WAY!

2009 is full of promises. I have already started to understand many things about myself, about why I failed on this project, about how I live, how I can improve. I moved to a new place too, more comfortable, more like me. And now I have this new project, this game changer, this new way of thinking about how creative people can turn ideas into something real. 2009 is going to be fan… wait for it… tastic!

MobiMap 1.0-RC2

I just released version 1.0-RC2 of MobiMap library. Amongst the features I’ve added are:

  • better icons for screen controls
  • better support for touch screen devices with a new zoom slider
  • all strings are now internationalized in French and English
  • a help screen with all the active shortcuts when you hit 5 numeric key
  • it is now possible to customize all shortcuts programmatically

More information on the official site.

And if you want to test a demo application using MobiMap component, just point your mobile browser to http://mobimap.epseelon.org/mobimap.jad

We’d love to hear your feedback.

MobiMap First Release Candidate is Out

We needed a reusable mapping component for TagSpot development, and we wanted it to be Open Source so that everyone can reuse it and improve it for the general interest. There was no such library available on the environment we’re working on so… we made it!

And here comes MobiMap. MobiMap is a library that offers a reusable and customizable mapping component for several mobile platforms. Today, we’re releasing the first release candidate for version 1.0 of the JavaME version. We’re still working on porting this library to Windows Mobile and iPhone environments, and we’ll release the final version of all three libraries at the same time. Until then, we need feedback from mobile developers and we need help to improve the library.

The project website is on http://mobimap.epseelon.org
Out support forum is on http://groups.google.com/group/mobimap
Our issue tracker is here: http://bugs.epseelon.org
MobiMap’s Subversion repository is here: http://svn.epseelon.org/mobimap-javame

Special Thanks go to…

First I would like to thank developers of Pyx4Me and Microemulator, thanks to which we could develop this library on the Mac.

I would like to thank Romain Guy, Richard Bair and the whole SwingLabs Team: MobiMap component is heavily inspired from JXMapViewer Swing component.

Special thanks also go to Antoine Jacquet, aka Royale, whose blog article about tile providers really helped me a lot in understanding all the tile APIs.

And last but not least, thanks to the whole TagSpot team for their help and support.

Finally, if you want to see what MobiMap can do on your phone, you can type the following URL on your phone: http://mobimap.epseelon.org/mobimap.jad. Or if you’re just too lazy to type this URL and you know how to use a QRCode, you can use the one on the right.

Be careful though, as MobiMap will download quite a bit of map data over your mobile connection so…