Another Take on Java Scheduling

While many are looking forward to the holidays, those that must support batch based applications may not be so enthusiastic as they anticipate the numerous support calls for jobs that failed because they shouldn’t have run or for jobs that should have run but didn’t. It was after one such lost long weekend a decade ago that I decided to have a go at writing my own scheduling system.
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The Road To Maven

Maven is one of those projects I’ve looked at periodically over the years but I’ve never been persuaded by the payback of a learning curve that looks pretty steep from the bottom of a mound of XML. On my most recent day trip to Maven, however, I found a reason to stay.
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Shapes Don’t Draw

Shapes don’t draw. The circle on the jotter next to me didn’t draw itself, I drew it – and it’s not very round! There’s a misconception (as advocated by many Object Orientated Programming 101 courses) that shapes draw. I believe this leads to some problem designs. Here’s one such example.
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