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Thursday, August 14, 2008
  Computer Programming and Writs
During the recess I have an opportunity to deal with things that I don't have time for whilst the House is sitting. This includes going to meetings in the Constituency and visiting constituents to look at issues that I cannot see otherwise.

I am also spending time on upgrading my casework computer system. I run a form of CRM that I have written myself in Java running on the JDatastore SQL server. Over the past few weeks I have had a real struggle trying to get JSP pages to work on Tomcat 6.0. I have found some interesting errors in the way in which Eclipse (the programming environment) creates the server.xml configuration page. It creates it with an incompatible parameter in the CONTEXT section which has to have the source parameter removed, but at the same time then the directory it looks for is not webapps, the wtfwebapps hence the parameter needs to be changed
on the basis of ..\wftwebabbs\(application)

The system still fails to properly initialise jasper and cannot find javax.servlet and it associated classes although jsp-api.jar and server-api.jar are in the classpath.

In the mean time, however, I am managing to improve the speed at which the system works (problems with SetMaxRows for the afficianados).

This week I have also sent off an application to the European Court of Human Rights for Rachel Pullen. She is happy to have her application published so we will do this at some stage.

This is where X v Croatia comes in. In essence it makes pretty well every adoption where the Official Solicitor is brought in and prevents the mother opposing the adoption unlawful.

We are presenting this argument next week in the Court of Appeal and it will be interesting to find out whether or not they accept the views of the European Court of Human Rights.

Now the case is no longer subjudice it becomes possible to talk about it in parliamentary proceedings. What is important here is that there are hundreds of cases like this every year.

Today we are also issuing proceedings against Jack Straw and Michael Wills. The arguments are as follows Section 6 (1) of the 1998 Human Rights Act states that it is unlawful for a public authority to act in a way which is incompatible with a Convention right. Michael Wills MP and the Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw, acting as Ministers for Justice relating to the Crown Dependencies are such a public authority. In accordance with Articles 2 and 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights and declared by Section 1 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 the Ministers jointly and severally have a duty to act to maintain the rule of law in Crown Dependencies.
 
Comments:
"The system still fails to properly initialise jasper and cannot find javax.servlet and it associated classes although jsp-api.jar and server-api.jar are in the classpath."

I had this problem once. Can't quite remember what the solution was, but it was caused by Tomcat using its own ClassLoader and ignoring the system classpath. You may need to make sure the jars are in a tomcat-specific librry directory.
 
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