Wednesday, 09.05.2018 - Arrival in Trier

We slept very well again, but not quite as well as the night before. Immediately after getting up at 9 o'clock we have a quick coffee and then start to get the motorhome ready. That means everything that can fly around must be stored in the cupboards and the closet, the dishes must be washed and all windows closed. There is a checklist in the rental vehicle which proves to be very useful for this. Depending on what you forget before you start the journey, it can get quite expensive. For example, if you do not close the roof hatch and it is torn off by the wind while driving. Before we start there is also a big event coming up: the first use of a supply and disposal station!

The market place
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Tuesday, 08.05.2018 - A day at the Ohmbach reservoir

We wake up shortly before 9 o'clock after we have slept really well – probably because it is so abnormally quiet here on the pitch. In Stuttgart we are used to a lot of noise. I would have thought that we might even miss moving trains in front of our apartment at night. It is still quite cool in the motorhome and we urgently need a coffee. The first time that we use the stove in the kitchen and our espresso pot.

Afterwards we go out and explore the surroundings…

The Ohmbach reservoir
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Monday, 07.05.2018 - Let's go

Today is finally here! We pick up our rental motorhome at Mi-Mobile in Remshalden to start our journey into the unknown. Instead of 4 pm we are allowed to get it already at noon. Of course this is very convenient for us because we imagine that we can already use the day extensively for the journey to our first tour destination. Since the weather forecast for northern Germany was not very encouraging, we changed the plan for the route at short notice. Instead of going to the Baltic Sea, the first stop on the agenda is now Trier, followed by Bonn and Essen. This should be possible within seven days. Even if many travel blogs state that travelling with a motorhome is rather leisurely and usually takes longer than planned.

I am already curious whether everything works out well. Can the large vehicle get through anywhere? Will we leave a path of destruction with the long overhang at the first turn? Are we going to have problems with the pitches? After all, we didn't reserve anything and just want to travel without a real plan. How long will the water supply last on board and can we really live in the motorhome for a week? Or will we be fed up and book a hotel room instead after two days?

On the Lidl parking lot
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Task Till Dawn 2.12

A few adjustments were necessary to make Task Till Dawn fit for the GDPR. There were also a few minor bugs that were fixed in this release.

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PADEdit 1.8

With PADEdit 1.8 it is now possible to print tables. Then there were some minor adjustments necessary in order to support the GDPR, and of course, as always, this release includes some bug fixes.


First trip with the motorhome

After having spent our holidays in a quite classic way during the last years – arrival by airplane and staying in a hotel afterwards - this year we have something more unusual coming up. A one-week road trip with the motorhome, presumably through Germany. The word „unusual“ is probably not entirely appropriate, because apparently travelling with the motorhome has been coming back in fashion for a few years now.

We’ll start in May with a rented Eura Mobil. This thing is 7 meters long, has a small bathroom, kitchen, the usual sitting area ("half dinette") with a table and a double bed in the rear. Our destination is the Baltic Sea, but depending on your mood we may change our route spontaneously. Also, a week isn't much time if you want to take a few stopovers with you.

The plan is to have no plan. So we’ll just drive off, equipped with a pitch guide, navigation system and of course food supplies and other necessary stuff. But we have deliberately not made any campground reservations and only want to stay overnight on pitches or standing free. We’ll see if this works. The first challenge will be to find a parking place near our home in Stuttgart to load our stuff into the car. Stuttgart is not exactly known for its plenty of parking spaces.

So it will definitely be a thrill, and that's what makes it so appealing. I think with such a holiday you definitely have enough other things in your head to forget about work and everyday life.

When the time comes, I will report back.

Eura Mobil
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Java Land 2018

I'm not that much into conferences, but the Java Land 2018 in Phantasialand near Brühl tempted me after all. Since my employer, diconium digital solutions, gave me the opportunity to participate for one day, I packed my backpack last Monday and took the train to Cologne. The actual program started on Tuesday - but already at 8:30 in the morning. Therefore it was obvious to stay overnight from Monday to Tuesday in the hotel, in order to attend the first lecture about TDD with Java EE. Unfortunately the plan didn't work out because I couldn't find the shuttle bus from Cologne-Bonn-Airport to Phantasialand. In addition, the bus journey from the airport took a good hour. So I didn't arrive at Java Land before about 10 o'clock. So to see it is a good idea to book a hotel in the vicinity of Phantasialand.

Of course there were many other interesting presentations, for example about "Continuous Documentation", the "Java 9 Module System beyond the basics" or a discussion about Java on the client (regarding the future of AWT, Swing and JavaFX). In between I could have a look at the "Java Pinball Machines" of JUG Goldstadt.

The overall supply of food and beverages was good. Since there were several food stands one didn't have to wait in line for too long anywhere.

In the evening, visitors of the conference can also enjoy a variety of rides in the park. But I was already on my way back to Stuttgart. I hope that next year I'll be able to participate in both days of the conference.

Java Land 2018
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PADEdit 1.7

The first PADEdit update after a long time! Besides the support of macOS 10.13 and Windows 10, some minor improvements were added. Rows can now be duplicated and the number of rows per record is displayed.

And then, of course, it contains some obligatory bug fixes.