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Feels like Forever

Wow, it feels like forever since I've posted an entry, but I know it has only been 8 days.

I had a really good weekend! One of Jenn's best friends, Sarah, came for a visit and I really like her. She's good people. Also went to Haruka's "Going Away" party and had a lot of fun. She came from Japan and has been looking for a job here and someone to sponsor her visa, but her time is up. She may have found a job though, they are going to talk to her when she gets back to Tokyo. Sugoi!


I had a really good weekend when it came to geeky things. I put some good time in on my "Sewage-Surfer-Cheat-Thing".. there is this silly online game and for a couple of different reasons I decided to write a Java application that will play it for me automatically. We'll call it an excercise in education. :)

I also made a small but important mental breakthrough in understanding Struts. It's this big complicated thing and I don't understand the concepts of some of the things, so when I sit down to make an application I get lost. There are plenty of examples to be had, but since they aren't exactly what I'm looking for it is really hard for me to figure out how to do it for myself. However, on one part at least the breakthrough brought me to a core understanding of why I have to do this certain thing when developing a Struts application. So instead of just doing it because all of the examples do it, I understand why I'm doing it and I never have to copy it from another place again. I internalized the reasoning, so my brain can "derive the formula" whenever I need it. Nice.

Even cooler than that... I wrote my first mailet (a small Java object that does email message processing). I've been interested in the Jakarta James project for awhile now (James is a java mailet based mail server). One of the main contributors sent out a message on the James list asking if someone could write a mailet that did blah, because he needed one but was too busy working on getting the next version of James released. So I offered to help out and wrote it last night! Woo! I sent it to him and he asked me to make a couple of changes, but that's totally fine. I'm just excited, this is my first contribution to an open source project! woo!

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