bitbucket setup

While I do have a GitHub account, I've decided to give BitBucket a try. The biggest selling point for me is that they have unlimited private repos. I still think GitHub is better for the general open source community, since more developers are on that site so it's one less account they have to create when they are contributing to a particular project. But for tinkering on small, personal projects, it seems like BitBucket is more along the lines of what I'm looking for. After creating a BitBucket account, I went ahead and…Read more …

setting up git

Continuing my installation streak, I wanted to setup Git. I find this particularly useful when mucking around with a new coding language. As I'm making my way through what works and what doesn't, it's a tremendous help to know that in case I accidentally get too creative in my coding experiments, I always have something to easily fall back to. Now there are already lots of good discussions (e.g., see here and here) about Git vs other versioning control systems (VCS) (I personally used to use Subversion before switching to Git). As a…Read more …

installing apache, tomcat, and mysql on ec2

I'm a bit late jumping on the ec2 boat, but finally got around to checking out what ec2 is like and decided I'd try my hand at JSP while I'm at it. So with that in mind, I decided to go with a linux distro for my ec2 instance. For the most part, I followed these instructions to set up tomcat and mysql:¬†http://coenraets.org/blog/2011/11/set-up-an-amazon-ec2-instance-with-tomcat-and-mysql-5-minutes-tutorial/With that, I was up and running, I used MySQL Workbench (connecting over SSH) to setup a toy database that I could muck around with. Then I started hacking away on…Read more …