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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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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Schema Creation Script With Hibernate 4, JPA And Maven

The scenario is trivial – you want to generate a database schema creation script while building your application (and then execute the script on the target database) This was relatively ...
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Proof of Concept: Play! Framework

We are starting a new project and we have to choose the web framework. Our default choice is grails, because the team already has experience with it, but I decided to give Play! and ...
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ORM Haters Don’t Get It

I’ve seen tons of articles and comments (especially comments) that tell us how bad, crappy and wrong is the concept of ORM (object-relational mapping). Here are the usual claims, ...
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Runtime vs Compile-Time Classpath

This should really be a simple distinction, but I’ve been answering a slew of similar questions on Stackoverflow, and often people misunderstand the matter. So, what is a classpath? ...
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