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WebPing 2 Released 

WebPing Overview

Today a lot of the more “affordable” web hosting companies do not use the ping service. Even more insidious, even when the ping program might seem to be working properly, more often than not an RFC Ping Request is in reality being re-directed to another server. -A server typically designed to make your site look a lot more responsive than it really is.

WebPing was designed to provide us with a genuine idea of what our users are experiencing. Because WebPing uses the same HTTP services that our users do, WebPing will provide us a far, far better idea of the type of throughput our users are having at our web site(s.)


Starting with Version 2, WebPing also saves WebPing data on the server. Uploading the webping.php and style.css files are all that is required to start collecting, viewing, managing, and downloading your client-ping statistics.

Because the WebPing data are stored on your host in a loosely-delimited comma separated (CSV) format, WebPing data can be readily used by spreadsheets and other programs.

Ease of Use

Finally, we believe that everyone needs to know if their web server(s) are responding as expected. For this reason, we designed WebPing to be horrifically easy to use. Written in 100% pure Java, WebPing will also work on any platform where Java 1.6 is available.

For more information, please refer to the information in the WebPing user interface. You can download the program using the RELATED LINK, below.


Ref: WebPing Project

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XML Serialization for Java 
I wanted to share the following article - it is an excellent overview of the history of Java Serialization as well as an unusually good overview of using XML with JavaBeans.

Along the way, Mr. Winchester also whets the appetite for learning more about using XML for the serialization for non-JavaBeans-conforming objects by using delegates.

Upon reflection (pun intended), the article will also provide the student with an understanding of the assessor / mutator refactoring operation of NetBeans & other popular Java IDE's:

[XML Serialization of Java Objects]
"Java serialization was initially used to support remote method invocation (RMI), allowing argument objects to be passed between two virtual machines. RMI works best when the two VMs contain compatible versions of the class being transmitted, and can reliably transmit a binary representation of the object based on its internal state."

NOTE: Students unfamiliar with JavaBeans might also enjoy reading the [Wikipedia JavaBeans Page.]

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Cognetic Word Lists 

The Problem

They annoy everyone - people who think they are smart by putting a few words together, then handing out a do-noting web site to sell the combination. Doh!

Cyber Nuts

No matter if they are grabbing your ideal name before you think of it (cyber squatting), or after you release it (cyber poaching), the one thing these nut cases have in common is that they have absolutely no intention of actually doing anything with the URL. Indeed, many are merely squatting on the name, hoping to sell it back to us at some point in time.

--Personally, I hope they hang onto those names forever ...!

Cognetic Word

In as much as so many of my friends and I have lots of neat products and web sites we want to share, we thought it high time to release a little tool I wrote years ago. I used it to help put together many of the web and other names you might have seen used here.

Cognetic Words

For the moment we decided to host the "Cognetic Words Project" at The official description reads:

"This tool allows us to mix phrase lists together. The results can be used to create memorable web site names using 'Cognetic Word Lists' -Sniglets designed to defeat the name-hijacking of URL squatters, hackers, & other menaces to on-line innovation."

Like many a NOJ these days, this tool uses Java. Will work anywhere... even in your browser.



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