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The SSCCE.org document will soon be disappearing

Andrew Thompson
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As the author of the SSCCE (Short, Self Contained, Correct Example) document, I feel sorry to announce that as of the end of February, it will be disappearing. I was discussing this with a person on another forum when they mentioned that Java Ranch has a facility to generate the link from the abbreviation. As a forum that obviously invests heavily in the document, I felt compelled to let you know what is happening, and make an offer.

Would Java Ranch like to host the document?

You have my permission and blessing to host it on your site.

Getting the domain name transferred to your control would be a matter of me getting in contact with the current owner of it (it was bought and given to me for use with the SSCCE, but is still controlled by the 3rd party). The domain name comes up for renewal in March.


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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We'll need a few days to talk about this internally. I certainly wouldn't want to see the document disappear!

You have my permission and blessing to host it on your site.

Thanks! Our wiki would be a good home for it. Will post back when we decide. (I suspect the answer is yes, but can't decide unilaterally)


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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ps - I gave you 3 cows for authoring such a helpful document!
Andrew Thompson
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:We'll need a few days to talk about this internally. I certainly wouldn't want to see the document disappear!

You have my permission and blessing to host it on your site.

Thanks! Our wiki would be a good home for it. Will post back when we decide. (I suspect the answer is yes, but can't decide unilaterally)


Cool. Sounds good. As an aside, you might want to leave out the last two sections, 'Promoters' and 'Version History'. I had been thinking of removing both sections for some time, and that last section will (presumably) be redundant if it becomes a Wiki article, given Wikis generally have a better way to show changes to a document.

In fact even the 'Contributors' section seems a little redundant for a Wiki entry. If you want it on the Wiki, and I am able to start a Wiki entry, let me know and I'll post it. Then if the reader is that interested in the source and editors, presumably they can find out through the Wiki software.

You made no mention of the SSCCE domain name. Please also raise that with the powers that be, since if Java Ranch is willing to take over the cost of the renewal (through a good domain naming service, it would cost less than $10 per year) I could probably arrange to have it transferred to you. The gent that first claimed the domain name has not posted to public forums in a while, and was looking to transfer it to my control.

Getting the domain name under your control would be advantageous for a couple of reasons:
  • It would allow all current links to remain effective, no matter where they are posted.
  • There are still people on other forums who are using it, and prefer it. So it might drive some traffic your way.

  • Oh, and thanks for the cows. :-)
    Jeanne Boyarsky
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    Preliminary opinion is that we would like to take over the domain name. Agreed on keeping the link for those on other forums. (I didn't realize it cost that little to register a domain name!)

    Will get back to you when we upgrade "preliminary opinion" to "final decision."
    Andrew Thompson
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    Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:(I didn't realize it cost that little to register a domain name!)


    The cost depends on:
  • Vendor - shop around, but I've had good experience with godaddy.com and voxdomains.com
  • The extension - a .com it typically more expensive
  • The country - a .com.au is typically twice (or more) the cost of a generic (OK U.S.) .com

  • Basically, I think it comes down to how much they think they can get away with. ;)

    I just checked both sites mentioned for a .org and saw price of (Australian) $10.99 on Go Daddy, and a price of $9.99 on VoxDomains. Not entirely sure whether the 2nd price was Oz or US $.
    Andrew Thompson
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    I just did some checking with the current owner of the domain. He is happy for it to be transferred to the control of Java Ranch. If it is a 'go' from your end, I'll put you in contact with him.

    I should stress that neither he nor I has ever been involved in a domain transfer. The onus will be on the Java Ranch folks to figure out the specifics of how it is handled.

    You might want to start at http://godaddy.com/domains/domain-transfer.aspx (I am guessing that is a valid URL, it keeps redirecting me to http://au.godaddy.com/domains/domain-transfer.aspx!).
    Jeanne Boyarsky
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    Andrew,
    Got the ok on the trailboss on transferring the domain to us. It's a go. If you PM your contact's address to me, I'll send it along to our server guy.
    Jeanne Boyarsky
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    Step one completed:
    http://www.coderanch.com/sscce/

    Step two will be to actually acquire the domain and point it at that URL. I've emailed your server guy about the initial steps.
    Andrew Thompson
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    The content of this post has been moved to the announcement/request for Wiki change ideas linked in next answer.
    Andrew Thompson
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