Building Jetty-Ant for Jetty 7

Jetty-ant for Jetty 7 is a hard find.
The documentation is all wrong, but that if you look at the Jetty Developer page they do concede that.
The split between eclipse and codehaus doesnt help either. There are a lot of options to try and search, Maven repo (, other bits in (, eclipse vs hightide release dirs (,…. aaarghh!
To make things extra sucky, the SVN URLs in the doc for where you get jetty-ant have moved too.
After a lot of searching it looks like this one is the key
instead of the one the docs refer to ( ) which 404s.

There are a lot of other resources that are required jetty-integration-project is req’d by the POM. ¬†Its created in the main jetty-7 that I linked above. ¬†Build that first (I only got as far as building the hightide-distribution) but it was enough to download all the required jars to build jetty-ant. ¬†Phew!


in super short

svn co
cd jetty-7
mvn install

… builds a few different things, ultimately fails

cd jetty-ant
mvn install

… great success (now I just have to try it out – found in¬†jetty-anttargetjetty-ant-7.5.0-SNAPSHOT.jar)

EDIT: When I last checked the documentation on the Eclipse documentation notes, it had thankfully been updated with an updated URL to download the ant target directly (18 Dec)


[Presentation] Tomorrow’s Tech Today: HTML5

Groovy / Grails ‘personality’ ¬†(and I mean that in the most fondest use of the term)¬†Scott Davis presents a great round up of some cool HTML features.

InfoQ: Tomorrow’s Tech Today: HTML5.

He introduces some good tools and utils that help the forward compatible specification be read by HTML4 browsers none the wiser.

Firstly the HTML5 CSS trick to treat all the new HTML5 elements (header, nav, footer, video) to be treated as block elements in all browsers (except IE) and the html5shiv that does the same thing for IE.

Trivia: <input type=”someType”> gets rendered as a textbox if yourbrowser doesnt knowhow to show it.

There are some references to these sites which talk more about HTML – an upcoming o’reilly book you can read for free here

HTML 5 Rocks

He talks about some stuff I wasnt too aware of such as HTML5 caching support (5mb) and SQL (25mb but no FF or IE, but useful for iPhone and Android browsers)

Modernizr (detect support for HTML5 & CSS3) – see for an example.

“The goal is to program for HTML 5 and backfill for the rest of the browsers”


There is a new mod from Google for Apache servers called mod_pagespeed that removes redundant HTML before sending it to the client.  Very neat idea.  Makes me shed a tear I am wanting to move our legacy php into a Glassfish appserver so I cant take advantage of this, but still would be useful in future.

Optimization Made Easy with mod_pagespeed.

HTML 5 Intro

Of all the recent HTML 5 noise of late, and some pretty flashy webapps to be demoed from them, I got a little concerned that the HTML we know and love was going to turn into some RIA scripting beast.  Alas there is not much to be concerned with so far, this little tutorial starts with very small baby steps that people with limited CSS, HTML and JS exposure can appreciate.

Starting with a cool intro on the geolocation feature, then diverting to a javascript library to make code that tests for HTML 5 features more readable, its currently up to a modest part 3, talking about the new input types in the classic form element.