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The feedback cycle and runtime governance

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Introduction Runtime governance can be defined as the process which allows you to control and manage parameters in your runtime execution environment. A runtime execution environment can vary from a single web server that hosts a simple web page, to gigantic deployments that can span to 1000+ servers. This means the complexity of implementing runtime governance can depend heavily on ...

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The Wrong Notion of Time

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No one wakes up in the morning and say “Today I’m gonna screw up. Today I’m gonna piss my boss and all my team mates off writing the worst code I could possibly write”. Well, there are always exceptions but normally no one does that. If that is the case, how come Agile projects are now failing? How come do ...

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Do you get Just-in-time compilation?

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Remember the last time when you were laughed at by C-developers? That the Java is so slooooow that they would never even consider using a language like this? In many ways, the concept still holds. But for it’s typical usage – in the backbones of a large enterprise – Java performance can definitely stand against many contestants. And this is ...

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Getting started with Apache Camel

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In a previous blog-post we got to know about enterprise integration patterns (EIPs). Now in this post we will look into Apache Camel framework that realizes those patterns.                 About Camel: Apache Camel is an open source project which is almost 5 years old and has a large community of users. At the ...

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Decorate with decorator design pattern

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Decorator pattern is one of the widely used structural patterns. This pattern dynamically changes the functionality of an object at runtime without impacting the existing functionality of the objects. In short this pattern adds additional functionalities to the object by wrapping it. Problem statement: Imagine a scenario where we have a pizza which is already baked with tomato and cheese. ...

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Changes to String.substring in Java 7

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It is common knowledge that Java optimizes the substring operation for the case where you generate a lot of substrings of the same source string. It does this by using the (value, offset, count) way of storing the information. See an example below: In the above diagram you see the strings ‘Hello’ and ‘World!’ derived from ‘Hello World!’ and the ...

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The Big List of 256 Programming Languages

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The holiday season typically brings lots of vacation time for people. Instead of sitting around and being lazy, why not take the time to learn a new programming language? I am not recommending a specific language over others at this time, but providing a long list of languages based on GitHub and TIOBE. I have not tried to categorize or ...

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Dynamic hot-swap environment inside Java with atomic updates

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One could argue that the above title can be shortened as OSGi, and I want to discard that thought process at the very beginning. No offense to OSGi, it is a great specification which got messed up at the implementation layer or at the usability layer, which is what I believe about OSGi. You could of-course do this using OSGi ...

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Devoxx 2012: Java 8 Lambda and Parallelism, Part 1

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Overview Devoxx, the biggest vendor-independent Java conference in the world, took place in Atwerp, Belgium on 12 – 16 November. This year it was bigger yet, reaching 3400 attendees from 40 different countries. As last year, I and a small group of colleagues from SAP were there and enjoyed it a lot. After the impressive dance of Nao robots and ...

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Composing Java annotations

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The allowed attribute types of a Java annotations are deliberately very restrictive, however some clean composite annotation types are possible with the allowed types.                     Consider a sample annotation from the tutorial site: package annotation; @interface ClassPreamble { String author(); String[] reviewers(); } Here the author and reviewers are of String ...

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