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Bozhidar Bozhanov
Senior Java developer, one of the top stackoverflow users, fluent with Java and Java technology stacks - Spring, JPA, JavaEE, as well as Android, Scala and any framework you throw at him. creator of Computoser - an algorithmic music composer. Worked on telecom projects, e-government and large-scale online recruitment and navigation platforms.

You Probably Don’t Need a Message Queue

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I’m a minimalist, and I don’t like to complicate software too early and unnecessarily. And adding components to a software system is one of the things that adds a significant amount of complexity. So let’s talk about message queues. Message Queues are systems that let you have fault-tolerant, distributed, decoupled, etc, etc. architecture. That sounds good on paper. Message queues ...

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How to Handle Incompetence?

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We’ve all had incompetent colleagues. People that tend to write bad code, make bad decisions or just can’t understand some of the concepts in the project(s). And it’s never trivial to handle this scenario. Obviously, the easiest solution is to ignore it. And if you are not a team lead (or something similar), you can probably pretend that the problem ...

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Integration Tests for External Services

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Our systems often depend on 3rd party services (They may even be services internal to the company that we have no control on). Such services include Social Networks exposing APIs, SaaS with APIs like Salesforce, Authentication providers, or any system that our system communicates with, but is outside our product lifecycle. In regular integration tests, we would have an integration ...

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The Low Quality of Scientific Code

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Recently I’ve been trying to get a bit into music theory, machine learning, computational linguistics, so I ended up looking at libraries and tools written by the scientific community – examples include the Stanford Core NLP library, GATE, Weka, jMusic, and several more. The general feeling is that scientific libraries have mostly bad code. I will not point fingers, but ...

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Development “Methodologies”

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Below are several development “methodologies” that are popular and even industry-standard: Hype-Driven Development – you are either a startup, or you are given the freedom to choose whatever technology you like for your new cool-cutting-edge-distrupting-innovative-did-I-say-cool project. What technologies to use? The recently overhyped ones, of course. Let’s do it in Node.js, and you have to make it reactive, and do ...

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Scheduling Repeated Tasks in Android

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A somewhat common usecase for android applications is to have them launched when the phone is started, and execute some piece of code periodically. Sounds straightforward, but there are some pitfalls, so here are a couple of steps to take in order to achieve that. Start with the trivial stuff: In your manifest you need the following in order to ...

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Common Misconceptions About Java

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Java is the most widely used language in the world ([citation needed]), and everyone has an opinion about it. Due to it being mainstream, it is usually mocked, and sometimes rightly so, but sometimes the criticism just doesn’t touch reality. I’ll try to explain my favorite 5 misconceptions about Java.               Java is slow ...

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Fixing The Android Camera API

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The other day I participated in a company hackathon and I decided to make use of the Android camera. I’ve always said that the Android APIs are very bad (to put it mildly), but I’ve never actually tried to explicitly say what is wrong and how it could be better. Until now. So, the Camera API is crappy. If you ...

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The Optional Type API

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Java 8 introduces the Optional class. In a nutshell, instead of returning null, and then checking for null, you return an Optional instance, which can either have or not have a value set. That way you don’t fail with NullPointerException. I won’t discuss whether the Optional type will eliminate NPEs completely (it won’t). Instead I’ll discuss things from a different ...

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IDE vs. Editor

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Are you using an IDE, or an editor? Are you a “hardcore” programmer, or you are one of those sissy modern developers that use IDEs? Have you personalized your emacs or vim to make you 200% more productive? Or do you think that emacs is useless, at least for Java. Either way, it’s an interesting topic to discuss – what ...

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