Carl Henderson

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Active Directory Password Reset in Java

We use a Java application, accessed through Peoplecode within Enterprise Portal to change user passwords in LDAP. Currently, we’re running a SunOne LDAP server, whose rights were recently acquired by Oracle. A decision has been made to replace SunOne with Microsoft Active Directory. This change presented several challenges, but today I’ll mention specifically the obstacles I faced to reset AD passwords using Java. (more…)

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Watch out Apple

India has come up with the world’s cheapest “laptop“, a touchscreen computing device that costs $35 (£23).

India’s human resource development minister, Kapil Sibal, this week unveiled the low-cost computing device that is designed for students, saying his department had started talks with global manufacturers to start mass production.


Google TV

Google is actively working on a way to bring internet content on demand to our televisions.

However, in my experience, one of the reasons why WebTV hasn’t taken off in the past is because the tools used to control the TV and computer are entirely different.

On a computer, I’m sitting comfortably at a desk with a keyboard and mouse that contours my seated position.

On the couch, I kick my feet up use one hand for the remote, and one hand holding a beverage. If there was a way to intuitively operate the TV without sitting in front of a keyboard or using voice commands, it would revolutionize the way we watch TV and potentially interact with all electronic devices.

One such way to manipulate the screen, hand free, and voice free (which I hate) is to use eye tracking devices. After a quick browse through the internet, I found at least one institution performing research on the matter.

It’s not hard for me see this working with new 3D TV technology hitting the shelves at electronic retailers. To get the 3D experience, the user must wear relatively comfortable 3D eye wear. Would it not be that hard to integrate eye tracking into the glasses? Only time will tell.

Peoplesoft SQR File Read Problem Resolved

If you plan to open the same file multiple times you cannot rely on #end-file to be correct.

I ran into this problem where it would only read through my data file once but not a second time. After opening the file, I used the following code to read it:

WHILE NOT #end-file
  READ 1 into $line:100

However once the second read came around, the cursor was already at the eof keeping #end-file true.

The way around this is by altering the While logic:

  READ 1 into $line:100
  IF #end-file

In the latter example, it’s important to note that #end-file is used after another READ command. This resets the eof and allows the SQR to function as intended.

Recent PeopleSoft Projects

As an Applications Systems Analyst/Programmer for the University of Central Florida, I try to be involved in projects that greatly extend the functionality of PeopleSoft. Recently we’ve gone live with several new applications that have completely automated existing business processes saving time and most importantly money—which is especially true in an era of budget cuts and economic turmoil.

1. Intent to Graduate

This application allows students to file their intent to graduate online through the MyUCF portal. It utilizes work flow to manage and assign specific tasks to users in different departments during the entire ITG approval process. Once the final approval is complete, the student is awarded his/her degree.

2. Online Transcript Request

This project was fascinating to me because it was the first time working with web services as part of Integration Broker. This application gives students the ability to order their transcripts online through the portal where in the past students must submit a paper form and each transcript is processed manually. This new automation utilizes WSDLs from FedEx to automate the printing of shipping labels as well as integrates with an online payment gateway to allow for convenient payment methods.

As new projects are unveiled, I’ll plan to publish a quick blurb about them so my readers can know what I actually do here, but mostly because I will forget about them as not only do I have a terrible memory, but because I am constantly moving on to the next new and exciting thing to come my way =).

Blackberry application that launches the native web browser

When I set out to create an application that launches a URL of my choosing, it was hard for me to find one place that walked me through exactly what I needed to do. It took me a lot of digging but I was able to do the following:

  1. Complete the initial java setup/installation
  2. Download Blackberry JDE
  3. Leverage Blackberry sample code
  4. Compile and Run Using the Simulator


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What’s to come

With the launch of my new blog should come the launch of new material. Well as you can see, there is much of that lacking.

I am excited to tell you that I’ve already begun writing up an article that shows a novice approach to developing your own blackberry applications. Stayed tuned for this, its nearing completion.

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