I was trying to find the rest set of libraries and tools to handle a Java web services project, I swear! DropWizard looked like the right stack – Jersey 2.0, Jetty HTTP server, documentation showing bundling as a fat jar, means to readily log and get timing information, examples for integration of authentication… the tipping point of awesomeness was when they proposed adding a banner.txt into a particular folder. “Normal” projects would list things like version information for the service, who to contact for support, etc. THIS project suggested including ASCII art and then gave a link to an ASCII art generator.
Here are a couple of examples I enjoyed:
* tattoo idea for a software geek who enjoys weightlifting
* fun faces leaving a message for my kids
* an incantation to defeat a software error
I think every day, I’d need the banner.txt to built out from some random message, just to see who noticed….