Atlasian SourceTree : A Great Git Visual Tool

Git is source control system that has risen to new heights.  Even Team Foundation Server no exposes Git.  Many use the Git command line operations but I always prefer the visual tools for day to day work.  Atlasian, produces of Jira, Confluence, Stash, Bamboo, have a tool call SourceTree which is a excellent tool for managing Git.  You can download it for Windows or Mac here

Install Mongo On Windows As a Service

Mongo is a common NoSql database that is flexible and easy to use.  It’s ability to scale and shard across many nodes makes it a great option for load balancing and scaling an application domain that fits a NoSql type schema.

1.  Download the latest version of Mongo that fits your platform (i.e. x86, x64).  Run the installer and place the application files in C:\Tools\MongoDB…  Follow my environment variable setup post for certain development folders.

2. Create an environment variable MONGO_HOME to point to the root of the mongo application directory.  If you followed my post on environment variable setup this would be %TOOLS_HOME%\MongoDB…  Add %MONGO_HOME%\bin to the Path environment variable.

3.  Create a directory to store the mongo data.  The simple approach is to create the directory C:\data\db.  This is Mongo’s default but can be changed using it’s configuration file.

4.  Create a log directory for the Mongo logs.  The simplest is to create “log” directory under the root Mongo directory C:\Tools\Mongo….

5.  Create a mongodb.conf file in C:\Tools\MongoDB… root directory.  This put the following minimum information in the file.

   destination: file
   path: "/Tools/MongoDB 2.6 Standard/log/mongodb.log"
   port: 27017
      enabled: true
   dbPath: "/data/db"


6.  Open a command window (ensure it’s in Administrator mode) enter the following command.  This will work if your Path variable is set correctly.

mongodb.exe --config "C:\Tools\MongoDB 2.6 Standard\mongodb.conf" --install

Setup Java Development on Windows : Git, Tomcat, Maven, Java JDK

This is a Java development setup that is a continuation of a long ago post regarding Eclipse setup. In this post I exclude the IDE and include Git and Tomcat, two common elements in a Java developers toolbox now.

Create the following environment variables (similar to updating you .bashrc file).

  • HOME = {drive}:\Source
  • SDKS_HOME = {drive}:\SDKs
  • TOOLS_HOME = {drive}:\Tools
  • Download and extract or install msi/exe.

    1. Downloaded Java JDK, the latest or the version of you choice. Make sure you get the correct one for you architecture (i.e. x86, x64,..).  When running the installer, place the JDK in %TOOLS_HOME%.  You will end up with something like C:\Tools\jdk_…
    2. Download Maven latest maven version and extract to %TOOLS_HOME%.  You will end up with something like C:\Tools\maven-3.2.5…
    3. Download Ant latest ant version and extract to %TOOLS_HOME%.  You will end up with something like C:\Tools\ant…
    4. Download Git installer for windows. Install complete with git bash.
    5. Download Apache Tomcat version that you’d want and extract to %TOOLS_HOME%.  You will end up with something like C:\Tools\apache-tomcat-7.0.59-windows-x64…

    Create the following environments variables

    The root directory for these applications will be the directory where you will find the bin folder and other application specific folders.

  • JAVA_HOME = %SDKS_HOME%\jdk_… to the root folder.
  • MAVEN_HOME = %TOOLS_HOME%\maven-… to the root folder.
  • ANT_HOME = %TOOLS_HOME%\ant-… to the root folder.
  • %CATALINA_HOME% = %TOOLS_HOME%\apache-tomcat-… to the root folder.
  • Append the following line to the system Path environment variable

    Don’t forget a semicolon after each new entry.

    • %JAVA_HOME%\bin
    • %MAVEN_HOME%\bin
    • %ANT_HOME%\bin
    • %CATALINA_HOME%\bin

    At this point you will be able to open the git bash window and run the following.

    • java -version
    • git --version
    • mvn –version
    • ant -version
    • For tomcat you will have to manually path over to tomcat bin and run “sh version”.  bash shell doesn’t convert c:\Tools\… correctly for this one.