Eclipse SVN errors, “An error occurred while automatically activating bundle org.eclipse.team.svn.core”

On some of my Eclipse workspaces the Galileo update failed in the SVN department (Subversive). Activating anything remotely related to Team/SVN features triggered an error. The workspace log contained:

I tried to start Eclipse with the -clean option – didn’t help. Then I updated the Subversive SVN plugin and all connectors – didn’t help. […]

Java SimpleDateFormat and 4-digit year vs. 2-digit year

At the end of an already long day a co-worker and I recently came across the problem that

does not return March 3rd, 2008 but March 3rd, 0008 instead. As any decent engineers would, we headed for the respective API documentation right away to see whether there was an explanation for this behavior. Like […]