Go Mom Go!

Today is one of the defining moment for India, which may bring it into group of select few, who can manage interplanetary missions.

India’s first Mars mission, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), is scheduled at 2:38 PM IST (1:08 Am PST).

Wish mission control all the luck for successful mission.

I will be awake to root for it. Hope you are too.

Update: Even though lunch is just one step of many before MOM is successful, it has been a perfect launch. Congratulations Launch team.

WSC jar Generation for Salesforce APIs

WSC (Web Service Connector) is a wsdl2java library from Salesforce which makes it easier to interact with Salesforce using various APIs (viz Partner, Apex, Metadata) etc. General workflow is to download the wsc jar, invoke the wsdlc compiler for a given wsdl, which generates the jar file. Then if you are using Maven, then install the generated jar into Maven local repository or your enterprise repository. Doing this for all the wsdls rather tedious and laborious.

I came across this situation and thought about automating the process and the result is force-wsdl2jar. It is maven project which generates the required jars and installs to local Maven repository.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Google Analytics Java API

Google Analytics (GA) is a free Web Analytics tool from Google. If you are looking to get some insights into web properties or desktop applications usage, and willing to share that data with Google, it is a great choice. For web properties it is straight forward (include the js file given by GA and it just works. However, for desktop applications where there is no web context, it has been little tricky. You had to simulate the web with cookie support etc.

GA is rolling out new protocol called Measurement Protocol, which supports collecting the tracking data in client device agnostic way. It is part of their Universal Analytics product and it is still in beta and soon it will replace the current way of tracking the data.

If you want to use GA in Java server or desktop environment, unfortunately GA doesn’t provide any Java API. Recently I came across this situation and was hoping that there would be some third party API implementing this protocol. But I found none which implements full protocol. So end up creating google-analytics-java library.

It is open sourced in github and deployed in Maven Central. If you have such need, try it out and see if it helps you. If there are any issues or missing features, you can send me a pull request or log an issue.