Programmers and Cake mix

Birth of the iText logo

The short bio on the back cover of my books tells readers that I'm the original developer and current maintainer of iText, but half a lifetime ago, I studied architecture. I graduated as a civil engineer in architecture. My goal was to design buildings, not software. Then again: in our field of engineering, we were indoctrinated to believe we could do anything. We were supposed to be generalists, with the potential to become a specialist on any subject we desired.

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Books I've read last month

No, the month isn't over yet, but if I wait until the end of the month, my blog post will be too long. In June, July and August, I demonstrated my taste for comics and graphic novels, and as you can see in the picture below, I didn't lose that taste; on the contrary!

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Internships at iText

The trainees are selected, the class room is ready.

We're all set to start teaching iText:

The only one thing that is missing for the next couple of Wednesdays and Fridays, is a big "Don't Disturb!" sign ;-)

Google Analytics — August 2011

Contrary to what I expected, the iText site did very well in August.

In absolute numbers, August was a better month than July:

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Books, comics and graphic novels

I'm an avid reader, and I love my library:

When I first posted this picture on my blog, I received responses such as Wow, that's awesome! but actually there's more:

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Books I've read last month

This is good time for my monthly post about the books I've read:

As you can see, I've been reading more graphics novels this month.

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Vacation stats

August seems to be slightly better than July:

But that's also true for other companies:

Note that the number of visits went up just after the release ;-)

New releases: iText 5.1.2 — XML Worker 1.1.0

Subject: Maintenance release of iText; change in architecture for XML Worker

iText 5.1.2

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Google Analytics — July 2011

Last month, I wrote that I expected a couple of slow months for The stats for July confirm this.

Compared to other sites however, the number of visits during the Summer vacation period didn't drop dramatically:

In spite of a lower number of visits, the ranking of last month improved when compared to the ranking of June (and May, and April,...).
We still have an average of more than 3,000 visits a day:

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