Fixing Eclipse Tomcat Timeout

To fix “Server Tomcat v6.0.18 was unable to start within 10 seconds. If the server requires more time, try increasing the timeout in the server editor” double click you server in the Servers perspective and increase the timeout value to complete server operations like in the image below.

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It’s been so long, again!

It’s quiet crazy how time goes so fast! I haven’t had any time to make posts here, but I hope to write some more in the near future, and if not here at least on Travelfusion’s blog (I’ll post the link here when we go live). I’ve been working for Travelfusion since July and it’s been a great experience! If you want to find cheap flights you should check our website. I am currently the lead developer for the site and we have a planned a major redesign, so there are so many cool things to implement using GWT. Drop by anytime and give us some feedback.

I am loving London, so much to do, never bored – well almost never – and visiting friends and family once a month just makes up for the occasionally lonely days.

Here are some pictures of a team building event. I can’t say for sure that shooting each other is team building but it was a lot of fun.


Ending up at a museum

Not everything is wasted time…3 years ago me and Bas worked on a “mashup” of Google maps, when that was a very HOT subject and Ajax apps where appearing on every corner of the web. The project was closed and our domain name taken but the good news is that we managed to stay in the museum of modern betas for eternity. Plus we learned a lot from that experience and now I am trying to get Bas to put it live on his domain so we can remember from time to time how much fun we had doing it.

River Tejo, the sunset and new challenges

It’s been a while. I have moved back to Portugal after 4.5 years in Holland. It was a journey, a good one. Now I start a new one with very different weather conditions. 🙂 I travel by ferry daily and in the evening the sunset plus the warm breeze alongside the river Tejo feels just great.

I am working as an IT Consultant now and it’s very different but also interesting. On my free time I work on my next big thing. My project should go live somewhere this year (I hope), and if it does I will post about it.

For now I won’t be writing much about programming or Java because I don’t really have time and my work is more directed at business analysis these days. I miss working with the latest technologies, but what I am doing now is also interesting and I still get to taste a bit of coding at home.

TomTom Local Search with Google

TomTom Gox40 LIVE series was announced a couple of weeks ago. One of the projects I have been working on for this product was TomTom Local Search. For this project I worked closely with Google to use their Local Search API and with the TomTom Navigator team for client/server integration. This is very cool technology and it was a lot of fun building it.

‘Users can tap into the latest local Google listings from the TomTom GO LIVE to locate anything from Indian restaurants to flower shops wherever they are. They can just type in any search word, find matching locations and the device will take them there.’

Search for a business near you or somewhere else…

Get a list of results ordered by relevance and see the rating and business details for each of them.

Browse in the map for the results and call the business to make a reservation or appointment for example and navigate there. 🙂

Simple, useful and cool!!!

For more info on the Gox40 series and the other LIVE services for here.

Software Development Tools

I have used the tools listed below for software development, debugging, testing and for editing images for user interfaces. 🙂 Hope you find them useful too!


Altova® XMLSpy® is the industry’s best selling XML editor and XML development environment, with advanced functionality for modeling, editing, and debugging XML Schema, DTD, XSLT 1.0/2.0, XQuery, SOAP, WSDL, Office Open XML (OOXML), and more. XMLSpy provides multiple editing views, entry helpers, wizards, comprehensive validation and error-handling, and a host of debugging and testing utilities. Code gen in Java, C#, and C++, plus Visual Studio and Eclipse integration, let you develop the most advanced XML and Web services apps for the environment of your choice.


SoapUI is Free and Open Source and is used for Inspecting Web Services, Invoking Web Services, Developing Web Services, Web Service Simulation and Web Service Mocking and Functional Testing of Web Services Load Testing of Web Services over HTTP.

Fiddler (HTTP)

Fiddler is a HTTP Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP Traffic, set breakpoints, and “fiddle” with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler includes a powerful event-based scripting subsystem, and can be extended using any .NET language.


SQLyog MySQL GUI is the most powerful MySQL manager and admin tool, combining the features of MySQL Query Browser, Administrator, phpMyAdmin and various other MySQL Front Ends and MySQL clients in a single intuitive interface.


Notepad++ is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. It runs in the MS Windows environment.


Usefull for testing web application in different versions of IE in only one machine.


GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

Tortoise SVN

TortoiseSVN is a really easy to use Revision control / version control / source control software for Windows. Since it’s not an integration for a specific IDE you can use it with whatever development tools you like. TortoiseSVN is free to use. You don’t need to get a loan or pay a full years salary to use it.