Empty Nest – My Girl’s On The Other Side Of The World

Writing by on Thursday, 24 of June , 2010 at 10:58 pm

Well not really… My girl was with me when I bought this song from Amazon. I’m not really sure why I liked it so much I thought I’d spend the $0.99. Stuck in my ear now.

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Category: Music

Does Emirates provide Hotel for Dubai layover and what’s the process

Writing by on Thursday, 24 of June , 2010 at 12:19 am

Emirates is the only airline that I flew that provided me a hotel (Millenium Airport Hotel) in Dubai for a night even though I flew Economy. I had booked my travel through emirates.com and called them to ask for this voucher. Initially they were hesitant but later agreed to provide a voucher. For Business/First class flyers, Emirates provides Visa and Food Vouchers as well as a better Hotel. Since I carried an Indian Passport, I had to get a Visa. This involved paying at the bank, getting my retina scan and showing all the receipts at Immigration.

The process was not too bad. Only thing was the uncertainty. So here’s how it all happens.

  • Call Emirates and make sure they have you in their system to receive a Hotel Voucher. Call again and verify.
  • While flying you only have the eTicket.
  • Upon arrival in Dubai…
    • You might have to ask around to find the right Emirates Desk that provides the Voucher. I remember it being somewhere on the lower level.
    • You might need to get a (Transit) Visa (Pay at the bank, Complete Retina Scan etc.) – US Passport holders don’t need a visa
    • Proceed to Passport Control and clear immigration
    • Hopefully you will have your bags are checked through to your destination, otherwise claim your bags
    • You are now free to visit Dubai
    • Economy passengers can find the Millenium Airport Hotel bus outside the Arrivals Terminal (Might take some time to get there)

I did have friends in Dubai so I was able to meet them and also bought a tour from folks at the hotel.

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Category: Travel

Android Eclipse plugin Error: Project is missing required source folder: ‘gen’

Writing by on Monday, 21 of June , 2010 at 11:18 am

Are you getting this error Project is missing required source folder: ‘gen’ in your first Hello World example?

Within Eclipse, simply right click and delete “gen” folder in your Package Explorer and Build project again.

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Category: Android

Top 5 Eclipse Plugins

Writing by on Saturday, 19 of June , 2010 at 11:15 am

Eclipse Marketplace has a variety of eclipse tools and plugins but the following is a list of very useful Eclipse plugins that I must have.

  • Perforce Plugin is a must have for developers using Perforce as their revision control system. Once setup, it provides seamless integration with P4.
  • SQL Explorer Plugin is a nifty little SQL client that allows you to query and browse any JDBC compliant databases. It supports Oracle, DB2 and MySQL and could be extended to include support for other databases.
  • JadClipse Plugin is a must have for seamless integration with JAD (Java Decompiler)
  • FindBugs plugin is used to perform static analysis to look for bugs in Java code.
  • Regex Util (Tester) plugin is used to test Regular Expressions.

The following is a list of plugins you might need depending on the nature of your work etc.

  • Google for GWT development
  • BIRT is an Eclipse Based Reporting Framework.
  • Tomcat allows integration with Tomcat.
  • ADT Android Development Tools is an excellent plugin required for Android Development.
  • Ivy if your application uses Ivy for modular dependency.

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Category: Eclipse,Java,Top 10

JAD – Java Decompiler

Writing by on Tuesday, 15 of June , 2010 at 1:16 pm

JAD has been around for a long time but is no longer maintained. I’m not sure about the “legality” of it’s use etc. but if you’re doing “legit” decompilation then it can be extremely useful.

At the time of writing this, JAD could be downloaded from Tomas Varaneckas site for Windows, Linux, Solaris and a plethora of other Operating Systems.

Once downloaded, you can easily integrate it with eclipse using JadClipse.

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Category: Java

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Shivdev Kalambi is a Software Development Manager, previously a Principal Software Engineer at ArcSight/HP. With over 16 years' experience in software development, he's worked on several technologies and played different roles and contributed to all phases of projects. Non-tech activies include Ping-pong, Rock Climbing and Yoga at PG, Golf, Skiing, Swimming & a beer enthusiast.