Bozhidar Bozhanov

About Bozhidar Bozhanov

Senior Java developer, one of the top stackoverflow users, fluent with Java and Java technology stacks - Spring, JPA, JavaEE. Founder and creator of Computoser and Welshare. Worked on Ericsson projects, Bulgarian e-government projects and large-scale online recruitment platforms. Member of the jury of the International Olympiad in Linguistics and the Program committee of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.

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What Is Challenging For Developers?

In a previous post of mine I asked the question: do programmers get bored? And yes, sometimes they do, especially if there are no challenges. The usual software project out there is ...
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A Guide To Authenticating Users With Mozilla Persona

Having only twitter and facebook authentication so far, I decided to add Mozilla Persona to the list for my latest project (computoser, computer-generated music). Why?                I ...
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Not All Optimization Is Premature

The other day the reddit community discarded my advice for switching from text-based to binary serialization formats. It was labeled “premature optimization”. I’ll zoom out of ...
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Don’t Use JSON And XML As Internal Transfer Formats http

You have a system that has multiple components and they have to communicate. They do that either via internal web services or using a message queue. Normally, you would want to send ...
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Tips for identifying and debugging problems

It seems that some/many developers haven’t developed (pun intended) a good set of techniques to identify and resolve problems. And problems always occur, even in simple programs. ...
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Checked and unchecked exceptions in Java

Java has two types of exceptions – checked and unchecked. In short – checked are meant for cases when the developer can reasonably recover from the exception, while unchecked exceptions ...
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Do Web 2.0 Companies Really Have The Best Technical Talent?

There are a lot of cool companies with products on the web that millions of people are using. I’ll wondered whether I should label them “web 2.0?, “silicon valley”, “cool ...
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Does It Get Boring To Be A Programmer?

Programmers are people who create computer programs. (I’ll skip the discussion whether it should be “programmer”, “developer”, “engineer”, “coder” or whatever. You ...
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Bcrypt, Salt. It’s The Bare Minimum.

The other day I read this Arstechnica article and realized how tragic the situation is. And it is not this bad because of the evil hackers. It’s bad because few people know how to ...
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All That Cloud: Amazon, Google App Engine, Windows Azure, Heroku, Jelastic

You wanna be in the cloud? You have plenty of options. I’ve evaluated or used many of them, so here are a few words about each. (I will include some Java-related comments, as I’m ...
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