One way to slice a Cucumber…

Are you getting a Cucumber “Annotations differs on glue classes found” error on two different integration tests, even though they don’t share any feature definition code (Given/When/Then)? You might try putting your two integration test classes in separate packages. That worked for me.


Why ember test –server was failing

When I tried to run ember test –server on my Linux machine I got the following:

$ ember test --server
DEPRECATION: Overriding init without calling this._super is deprecated. Please call `this._super.init && this._super.init.apply(this, arguments);` addon: `release`
    at /home/dmeyer/code/ember-engine-supportability/node_modules/ember-cli/lib/models/project.js:407:38
Could not start watchman
Visit for more info.
DEPRECATION: ember-cli-test-loader should now be included as an NPM module with version 1.1.0 or greater.BuildingWarning: ignoring input sourcemap for bower_components/vis/dist/vis.min.js because ENOENT: no such file or directory, open '/home/dmeyer/code/ember-engine-supportability/tmp/source_map_concat-input_base_path-RxdP9vul.tmp/bower_components/vis/dist/'
Warning: ignoring input sourcemap for bower_components/vis/dist/vis.min.js because ENOENT: no such file or directory, open '/home/dmeyer/code/ember-engine-supportability/tmp/source_map_concat-input_base_path-RxdP9vul.tmp/bower_components/vis/dist/'
⠇ Buildingfs.js:1431
    throw error;

Error: watch /home/dmeyer/code/ember-engine-supportability/tmp/source_map_concat-output_path-GJOxdYTW.tmp ENOENT
    at exports._errnoException (util.js:1022:11)
    at FSWatcher.start (fs.js:1429:19)
    at (fs.js:1456:11)
    at FSMonitor._measure (/home/dmeyer/code/ember-engine-supportability/node_modules/heimdalljs-fs-monitor/index.js:66:21)
    at (/home/dmeyer/code/ember-engine-supportability/node_modules/heimdalljs-fs-monitor/index.js:82:30)
    at NodeWatcher.watchdir (/home/dmeyer/code/ember-engine-supportability/node_modules/sane/src/node_watcher.js:144:20)
    at NodeWatcher.<anonymous> (/home/dmeyer/code/ember-engine-supportability/node_modules/sane/src/node_watcher.js:278:14)
    at FSReqWrap.oncomplete (fs.js:123:15)

All my mac friends were doing fine. What was the matter? Continue reading

Quick ‘n’ dirty blog to paperback

So you’ve got a blog with several years of posts and photos on it and you want to make a book out of it to preserve those memories but you don’t have time to design each page. You need an automated-ish solution. What to do?

Here’s what I did…

Step 1:

First I went to After playing around with their free plan to figure out what I wanted, I sprang for their $19 package and chose the following options:

  • PDF output
  • High (lossless) picture quality
  • 7.5″ x 9.25″ paper size (important!)

I did not include comments or a table of contents, as these severely blimped out the size of the book.

Here’s a view of’s options… Continue reading

How to read maven-enforcer-plugin’s RequireUpperBoundDeps rule failure report

Scenario: To make use of a new feature in a certain dependency or to get a bugfix that’s causing your project pain, you bump the version of a dependency in your pom file — maybe the parent pom version. Then you type

mvn compile

…put your hands over your eyes, and gingerly press Enter.


You may see something like this:

[WARNING] Rule 0: org.apache.maven.plugins.enforcer.RequireUpperBoundDeps failed with message:
Failed while enforcing RequireUpperBoundDeps. The error(s) are [
Require upper bound dependencies error for org.slf4j:slf4j-api:1.7.11 paths to dependency are:
    +-org.slf4j:slf4j-api:1.7.11 (managed) < -- org.slf4j:slf4j-api:1.7.10
    +-org.slf4j:slf4j-api:1.7.11 (managed) < -- org.slf4j:slf4j-api:1.7.7
    +-org.slf4j:slf4j-api:1.7.11 (managed) < -- org.slf4j:slf4j-api:1.7.5

…only it goes on for screens and screens. What happened? Continue reading

@@ROWCOUNT = 1 after empty MIN() query

Ran across a surprising SQL Server thing today: I was updating a query If you run a query that returns no rows and use the MIN() aggregate function, you get an empty resultset as expected, but the @@ROWCOUNT variable is set to 1. If you write the query as a TOP(1) query in a situation where it returns no rows though, you still get an empty resultset but @@ROWCOUNT is set to zero as expected.

Example of this in action (tested on SQL Server 2012):

FROM MyTable
IF @@ROWCOUNT <> 0 PRINT 'Nonzero row count'
ELSE PRINT 'Zero row count'
--Output: Nonzero row count
FROM MyTable
IF @@ROWCOUNT <> 0 PRINT 'Nonzero row count'
ELSE PRINT 'Zero row count'
--Output: Zero row count

How to have some roman numeral page numbers and some arabic page numbers in an existing document in LibreOffice

I needed to format an existing LibreOffice 4.3 document to have some beginning pages with no page numbers, then some pages numbered with roman numerals (i, ii, iii…), then the rest of the pages numbered with arabic numerals (1, 2, 3…). Here’s how you do it.

1. Create a page style that will do roman numeral page numbers in the footer

1.1. Go to Format -> Styles and Formatting (or press F11)…

libreoffice-multiple-footer-styles-1 Continue reading