Bristle template: when you don’t have time to do your Moustache

Usually I generate my pages with Velocity. Recently I had a project where even implementing Velocity was not worth the time. I tried both MessageFormatter and StringTemplates and both had problems with some portion of HTML/Javascript markup.

So I did what we, engineers always do in this situation: run your own. Good news, it took just over an hour and I ended with a single very small file. It  can only variable substitution but that was enough for me. Here it is:

The best part: it has no dependencies so you can just copy file into your project and template away.

Of course you can Maven just as well:

            <name>codebistro-open repo</name>

Microframeworks are popular these days. This thing doesn’t even qualify to be called micro- or even nano- but I got a feeling I am going to use Bristle template in the future…


Google+: “Oops, you need a google profile to use this feature” and a workaround

Update: This is no longer relevant. Google+ allows to log in with a Google Apps account.

I use my custom domain name Google Apps account as my primary email. I still have Google account and Google profile but I am not logged into this account by default.

So when I go to I get this dreaded error message:

Oops, you need a google profile to use this feature

Oops, you need a google profile to use this feature

I found a workaround to this problem. The solution requires that a) you have a “regular” Google Account (… and b) this account should be enabled the “Sign in to multiple Google Accounts” feature (thanks Paul for the tip) :

1. Go to any profile page on Google plus:

Go to your Google Profile

2. Click on the Account -> Switch Accounts menu:

Switch accounts menu

3. Select the Google Account (not the Google Apps account) or log into your Google Account:

Switch to Google Account

Bingo! Your Google plus is now working!