Maven – Compiling JAR with Dependencies

Although I’m familiar with Java, I don’t use it day-to-day. To keep current with arguably the worlds most popular programming language, I decided to use Java in a project that I’m working on in my off hours. In that project (which gathers and analyzes economic data) I decided to use Maven. Even-though my small project doesn’t necessitate the need for such a tool, Maven implements many industry best practices (or at least promises to do so). So, I figured that it would be worth while to learn to use it.
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Time Clock and Windows Dual Boot

broken clock

Part of the standard way to handle time on computers is to set the hardware clock (a.k.a. the BIOS clock) to UTC. Then users can select a timezone for displaying as their system time. Contrary to this conventional way of doing things, the Windows operating system sets the hardware clock to the configured local time. Clock malfunctions tend to happen if you’re dual booting a Linux system. Posix operating systems expects the convention to be followed. Here’s how I addressed this problem.
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Recording and Replaying GPS Data

The Arduino Uno
The Arduino Uno

In my last post on the Arduino Uno, I took my first steps with the microcontroller and started getting data from a GPS module – the Ublox NEO 6M. Once I was able to receive data from the module – which was pretty neat by itself if you think about it, I wanted to actually do something with the data. I thought a good next step would be recording data and playing it back while plotting it on a map.

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Getting GPS Data from the Ublox NEO-6M GPS Module

GPS Module
Ublox NEO-6M GPS Module

At work, we’re using microcontrollers. We use them to monitor equipment and the environment, also to control machines in ways such as automating tasks and/or responding to certain environmental conditions. I work on the enablement team, therefore it’s part of my mission to facilitate other teams in their goal achievement. The automation team is responsible for planning and execution of automation projects. As an application developer, I’m acquainting myself with the tools and techniques of their team to help enable them on the software side of things. For one of my first tasks, I was given a GPS receiver and an Arduino Uno.

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