FundsXpress Launches New Corporate Cash Management Service:

FundsXpress Financial Network, Inc., a premier provider of online financial services, today announced the release of their new corporate cash management product, fxCash Management Direct. fxCash Management Direct provides affordable, easy-to-deploy cash management services to financial institutions of all sizes.

Whao-nelly! And there’s a new site design at FundsXpress.com. Aparantly, all the products now have “fx” prefixed in front of them.
There’s also a 9 page “FundsXpress” story.

Marketing, eh?

Can XML Be The Same After W3C XML Schema? :

In 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne describes Conseil, a biologist who knows exactly the classification of any species of fish, yet isn’t able to recognize any of them in real life, and a fisherman, Ned Land, who is able to recognize every fish, but unable to classify any of them.

Applying this to XML and W3C XML Schema, I see a danger of creating two distinct and potentially incompatible types of XML applications: those which, like Ned Land, identify elements and attributes by their instances and those which, like Conseil, identify them by their datatypes. How you see XML in future may well be colored by whether you use W3C XML Schema or not.

Usually I post tech-stuff like this on the links blog, but this is a fine little article stopping just short of what seems to me a correct, but bold prediction that once XML Schema hits big, XML will become object oriented.

From Bukowski’s Women:

It was Wednesday night, 12:30AM and I was very sick. My stomach was raw, but I managed to hold down a few beers.

It’s a good thing there’s no 24 hours book stores within walking distance, or I’d be out a good chunk of change buying more of that.

4:44PM CST: Mind-Meltdown

kinman: My code sucks. My code sucks. See how it bombs. See how it
bombs. My code ran up the weblogic site, it cut off it’s state with a
debugging byte, have you ever seen such a site in your life as My code
sucks.

bushwald: Cut off it’s “state”, eh? Is that one of those
euph-a-ma-whats?

kinman: I got nothing.

bushwald: I tell you what, all this SubstituionHelper, Htmlpage, StringBuffer, Iterator stuff has got me right confused up to HOTlanta all the way back to Rio de Genero…

kinman: Yuh!

bushwald: …and without anything but a bag of peanuts to hold me
over.

Here’s an OO question for everyone who’s reading out there, when do you use static private methods?

That a method is private implies that it’s only going to be used within that class; that a method is static means that it’s operation in now depends on the state of your object instance. For example, in writing lots of CGI type stuff recently, I’ve been doing Ye Old Extract Method on many little things; that is, instead of in-lining logic to, say, build up a log message in a StringBuffer, I just make a method like erroLogMessage(...).

Now, these methods really don’t need to dink around with the instance at all: they get everything they need from the formal parameters. So, you might think, well, this could be a static method. But is that wise?

The thinking I have here is that if a private method doesn’t need access to the instance, then I make it static. Following this thinking, in doing servlet work — where you’re basically doing procedural/static programing in one big ass method — I end up creating a lot of private static methods, and it looks kind of wierd.