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Dealing with Zend Studio validations

I’ve been struggling quite a while this afternoon for making Zend Studio behave as expected, and I got it!

Zend Studio was marking many warnings in WSDL files that it wrongfully interpreted as HTML rather than XML.

I wanted to disable validation only for those files and couldn’t find out how. I had already excluded their parent folder from the Build Path, but it didn’t work for warnings of this kind.

Those files have a php extension, and HTML validation is twofold: one for HTML files and one for PHP files.

So I changed the settings for the line reading HTML Syntax Validator (for PHP Files) from


and after a clean build I got

Pure Genius

An Anonymous, Offline, Peer To Peer File-Sharing Network In Public Space

MultiScreen for Samsung XL2370

Looking for something like this, I found that my monitor has a MultiScreen utility, that does exactly that.

Wrong Assumptions

A couple of weeks ago I needed a mind mapping software and tried some of the free packages.

Xmind was the best one for me. I really liked the fact that with very little effort I got good looking maps.
This allows me to concentrate on the domain concepts I’m trying to model instead of representation details.

When opening Xmind today, I’ve been notified of a new version (3.2.0), so I downloaded and installed it. After opening Xmind again, I found that my English application had turned to Spanish. Spanish translations use to be very bad (and this is not an exception), so I prefer English ones.

Well, I thought, no problem, I’ll go for the config option and change the app back to English. But there is no config option!! So I went back to the site to find out what was going on. In the download page they say:

Every package now contains 7 language packs, English English, GermanGerman, French French, Spanish Spanish, Japanese Japanese, Chinese(Simplified) Chinese(Simplified), and Chinese(Traditional) Chinese(Traditional). XMind will choose language automatically to fit your OS’s settings. Changing your OS’s language settings will change XMind too.

That’s unbelievable!! Do I need to change a global option for changing a local one?

So, here goes my hack, for getting back to English.

  • Edit the file (Xmind folder) configuration org.eclipse.equinox.simpleconfigurator and comment out any line that refers to a Spanish translation (containing nl_es).

    Notepad++ Replace dialog for Xmind language hack

When you restart Xmind, English is back.

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