In summer 2004 I graduated at the Technical University in Dresden, Germany. My diploma thesis is about the development of a plugin architecture for serving content from a Jukebox (containing possibly hundreds of DVDs, DVD-RAMs or CDs) to the web. Various protocols, including streaming protocols, should be possible to integrate into the server as plugins. As a demonstration of the architecture I had to implement a plugin for WebDAV.
Technologies used in the prototype implementation are: Java, Tomcat, Struts, the Spring Framework, Jakarta Lucene for full text search and PostgreSQL. Most of the WebDAV code is inspired by Jakarta Slide’s nice WebDAV implementation, although I had to reimplement big parts to fit my architecture. Since it’s only a prototype, I don’t support all the extensions to WebDAV, like versioning or searching, but adding these capabilities should be no problem.
Accessing the Jukebox was easy, since there is a low level driver software which maps the whole jukebox to a drive letter on a Windows box. So my server can be used without a jukebox, i.e. just accessing files on a local disk. In fact this is what I did most of the time during development - Debian doesn’t have drive letters ;-)
LaTeX is great
I used LaTeX for writing my thesis, and that was a lot of fun :) Not only I learned a lot about
make to build your diploma thesis PDF document simply rocks. Despite the
fact that LaTeX runs on lots of platforms, there’s simply no easier way to get a consistent, good looking document.
But the really strong point of LaTeX is: it simply gets out of your way while you’re writing.
Just fire up an editor and type away. No toolbars, no assistents and no dialog windows - just think and write.