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New Website Now Live!

The new Codename One website is finally live now and you can check it out in all its glory at codenameone.com. There are several things you need to know in order to make the transition smooth. First is that the new website supports https thruout so you can just navigate to https://www.codenameone.com/ to get a secure site. This is forced implicitly when you go to the build server. In the old site we used an iframe on top of https for the build server, while this was secure it didn't convey the trust level that should be conveyed.

While the new build server UI should be pretty complete, there are some features we didn't migrate yet, the old interface is still available if you need it right here and will be for quite some time. We are still working hard to improve the website but if you have any issues/broken links or suggestions please post them here.

We tried to migrate all the blog posts from the old blog, this worked with partial success specifically:

  • Dates/times on some of the older posts are incorrect
  • Hierarchy got broken
  • Emails are missing so you won't get notified on responses to old comments.
  • Some comments were "just lost" - its hard to know which ones though...

However, the vast majority of the information (close to 1k comments) was preserved and provides a lot of important information about our older blog posts. We migrated all the older posts but some formatting might be broken, we couldn't go over all of them (there are hundreds from just the past two years) but if we missed something please let us know!

Migration Part II

Since Google killed Google Code over the weekend we are now faced with another migration to github. We started originally working with github and quickly moved to Google Code which in our opinions still has a lot of advantages despite its clunky and outdated interface. Specifically the biggest problem is migrating this amount of issues and a workspace of this size...

Even simple projects that we tried to migrate such as the Google Native Maps project had failures in the migration process and this doesn't leave us in a state of confidence about github fixing their problems.

Now before people jump to conclusions about "us not understanding "distributed version controls advantages" a brief history lesson about git... Do you know it was actually inspired by Sun and that we used a distributed versioning system there for years that IMO was FAR superior to git?

If you recall some of the history of git it was inspired by Bit Keeper which is a proprietary tool built by an ex-Sun guy based on the work he did at Sun. So at Sun we used an older tool that was pretty great and far better than git. It didn't have size restrictions and even had a halfway decent gui. It had its problems (NFS reliance) but git has a whole set of other far greater problems such as painful conflict resolutions and assumptions about the way a workspace should be.

So to workaround the issues with github and remove the dependencies on google code we are now moving all the binary files that we have in Google code to our servers with some exceptions. The JavaDocs are already hosted in this site, we will also migrate the Eclipse repository here so if you added the old URL you will need to update it to http://codenameone.com/eclipse/site.xml.

Since other IDE's (NetBeans & IntelliJ) both have a great central repository we will retire our own repositories and you should get your updates from there. Make sure to do that since updated libs in the old repository will no longer work...

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Posted by Shai Almog

Shai is the co-founder of Codename One. He's been a professional programmer for over 25 years. During that time he has worked with dozens of companies including Sun Microsystems.
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