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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.

A Guide To Authenticating Users With Mozilla Persona

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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 like trying new things Storing passwords is a tough process, and even though I know how to do it, and even have most of the code ...

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Not All Optimization Is Premature

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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 the particular case, and discuss why not all optimization is premature. Everyone has heard of Donald Knuth’s phrase “[..] premature optimization is the root of all evil”. And as with every well-known phrase, this ...

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Don’t Use JSON And XML As Internal Transfer Formats http

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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 (data transfer) objects from one component to another. Three typical examples: a user has registered and you send a message to a message queue and whenever the message ...

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Tips for identifying and debugging problems

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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. Recently I’ve been answering a lot of questions on StackOverflow and those questions confirmed my suspicions. Some of the advice here may sound like advice for newbies, but pactice shows they are needed. ...

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Checked and unchecked exceptions in Java

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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 are programming errors that can’t be dealt with. This article explains when to use which. But it is not that simple – checked exceptions are making the code “uglier”. They ...

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Do Web 2.0 Companies Really Have The Best Technical Talent?

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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 startups”, or something else, but I think it’s clear which ones I’m writing about. The assumption is that these companies attract the best technical talent. And even despite my criticism ...

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Does It Get Boring To Be A Programmer?

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Programmers are people who create computer programs. (I’ll skip the discussion whether it should be “programmer”, “developer”, “engineer”, “coder” or whatever. You know what I’m talking about). What makes programming different than most professions is that it’s way more diverse – you can do new things every day, because new technologies emerge all the time. Not only that, but programming ...

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Bcrypt, Salt. It’s The Bare Minimum.

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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 handle one very common thing: authentication (signup and login). But it seems even cool companies like LinkedIn and Yahoo do it wrong (tons of passwords have ...

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Schema Creation Script With Hibernate 4, JPA And Maven

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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 easy with Hibernate 3, as there was the hibernate3-maven-plugin, but it is not compatible with Hibernate 4. And for every new project you should start with Hibernate 4, of course. ...

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