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Phasing out Adsense Section Targeting

May 19th, 2014

The AdSense Section Targeting Mod for SMF I wrote some four years ago is obsoleted, as Google is not using that technology anymore. This post is an attempt to give closure to the project, as I had quite abandoned it without further comments.


Feels good to drop a fork

February 25th, 2014

Some time ago (yeah, I could have blogged about this. In fact, I should have…), we started using Apache Cassandra to store user sessions for our web applications. To do this, we used Tomcat-Cassandra, a drop-in replacement for the standard Tomcat Session Manager.

After a little while we stumbled upon two defects in the software, that were show-stoppers for us. It created Session objects always, even if the code used to process the request did not need a Session at all, and never evicted invalidated Sessions. I created issues #3 and #4 in their bugtracker to address each of them, respectively. Provided patches in both of them, but couldn’t wait for a new release, so we forked the project.

Not so long ago, I got a mail informing me that both of the patches were accepted. It is an enjoyable task, to upgrade a dependency and delete a whole repository of now-unneeded software.