Solving the Daily Jumble

Recently I decided to subscribe to my local newspaper (the Hartford Courant, pronounced current) again. That’s been valuable by itself, and brought some benefits I forgot about (like a comics page), but one of the unexpected side effects has been the Daily Jumble. The idea is to unscramble the clues to form words. All of… Read More

A Few Astronomical Examples in Kotlin

The website Open Notify provides a few URLs that return JSON data from NASA. There are currently three links supported: Number of people in space Current location of the International Space Station Overhead pass predictions for the ISS Just for fun, this blog post uses Kotlin to access each one, transform the results in Kotlin… Read More

Days Between Dates in Java 8

I would like to address a problem that is quite topical at the moment: calculating the number of days between two events. The new Date-Time API in Java 8 makes this process much simpler than it used to be. The Date-Time API includes the interface java.time.temporal.TemporalUnit, which is implemented by the enum ChronoUnit in the… Read More

Excluding Gradle Tasks with a Name Pattern

I’ve been spending a lot of time with Gradle build files in Android projects, which probably isn’t a big surprise given that I’m working on a book called Gradle Recipes for Android (coming soon to all your better ebook stores and (who knows?) maybe an actual, physical bookstore somewhere (but probably not), but you can… Read More

A Groovy approach to npm-gate

Recently the JavaScript community experienced a serious disruption when a developer removed one of his deployed libraries from the central npm server, an event now being referred to as npm-gate. I don’t want to get into the various ethical, moral, or legal issues about that here. Rather, I want to show how trivially the missing functionality… Read More