RSync Backup Script for Windows

A backup strategy is important. It’s like an insurance - you have it but you hope, you won’t need it. A backup not only helps in case your hardware is broken, it might also help, if you’ve accidently deleted some important files. One simple step towards a backup is using a external hard drive, that you can attach to your computer and then copy the data you want to backup. However, if you don’t take care, you either have always only one version of your backup, which means you can’t restore deleted files. Or you end up in having multiple copies of the same files which occupy the available space very quick. And, of course, copying all the files always again will take lots of time.


Simple dummy Mail Server for development

Every now and then, you come across developing an application, that sends email. How to simple test this application? It’s easy, if you have an own mail server. For Windows, there is the very simple smtp4dev application, that listens on localhost port 25 and displays all emails that would have been transmitted. A similar but cross-platform tool is FakeSMTP. For a server, fakemail might be worth a look at.


Some experiences in Android programming

I recently started developing an app for Android. The app is nothing complicated. A few screens which display data from a webservice. The data are events like “having dinner together” and you can register to join the event. As being new in Android programming (and this time, I wanted to create a “real” native Android app, not a PhoneGap / cordova based app), it’s quiet a learning experience necessary.


Branching and merging with git in PMD

This post is about, how your git history might look like, if you consequently fix bugs on branches and merge this bugfix-branches into the release branches. In this case, I used the method described earlier in “Roadmap and source code branches” in New PMD Release 5.4.0: Always create a new branch, that can be merged in the release branches, determined by git merge-base. Then, after the bugfix, merge this branch into the release branches, avoiding a fast-forward merge by using git merge --no-ff.



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