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Ilias Tsagklis
Ilias is a senior software engineer working in the telecom domain. He is an applications developer in a wide variety of applications/services, currently the technical lead in a in-house PCRF solution. Particularly interested in multi-tier architecture, middleware services and mobile development (contact). Ilias Tsagklis is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.

5′ on IT-Architecture: root concepts explained by the pioneers of software architecture

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The last couple of weeks I am working on a new software architecture course specifically for the insurance and financial sector. During the preparations I was reading many of the most cited articles on software architecture. The concepts described in these articles are so fundamental (and still up-to-date) that every architect really should to know about them. I have enjoyed ...

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Four laws of robust software systems

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Murphy’s Law (“If anything can go wrong, it will”) was born at Edwards Air Force Base in 1949 at North Base. It was named after Capt. Edward A. Murphy, an engineer working on Air Force Project MX981, (a project) designed to see how much sudden deceleration a person can stand in a crash. One day, after finding that a transducer ...

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Spring Framework 3.2 M1 Released

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SpringSource just announced the first milestone release toward Spring 3.2. The new release is now available from the SpringSource repository at http://repo.springsource.org/. Check out a quick tutorial on resolving these artifacts via Maven. This release includes: Initial support for asynchronous @Controller methods Early support for JCache-based cache providers Significant performance improvements in autowiring of non-singleton beans Initial delay support for ...

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5′ on IT-Architecture: three laws of good software architecture

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The issue with architectural decisions is that they effect the whole system and/or you often need to make them early in the development process. It means a lot effort if you change that decision a couple of months later. From an economic standpoint architectural decisions are often irrevocable. Good architecture is one that allows an architect to make late decisions ...

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Java 7: Closing NIO.2 file channels without loosing data

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Closing an asynchronous file channel can be very difficult. If you submitted I/O tasks to the asynchronous channel you want to be sure that the tasks are executed properly. This can actually be a tricky requirement on asynchronous channels for several reasons. The default channel group uses deamon threads as worker threads, which isn’t a good choice, cause these threads ...

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Threading stories: ThreadLocal in web applications

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This week I spend reasonable time to eliminate all our ThreadLocal variables in our web applications. The reason was that they created classloader leaks and we coudn’t undeploy our applications properly anymore. Classloader leaks happen when a GC root keeps referencing an application object after the application was undeployed. If an application object is still referenced after undeploy, then the ...

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Threading stories: about robust thread pools

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Another blog of my threading series. This time it’s about thread pools, robust thread pool settings in particular. In Java thread pools are implemented by the ThreadPoolExecutor class introduced in Java 5. The Javadoc of that class is very well organized. So I spare me the effort to give a general introduction here. Basically, what ThreadPoolExecutor does is, it creates ...

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Java 7 #8: NIO.2 File Channels on the test bench

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Another blog post about new JDK 7 features. This time I am writing about the new AnsynchronousFileChannel class. I am analyzing the new JDK 7 features in depth for a couple of weeks now and I have decided to number my posts consecutively. Just to make sure I don’t get confused :-) Here is my 7th post about Java 7 ...

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Threading stories: about robust thread pools

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Another blog of my threading series. This time it’s about thread pools, robust thread pool settings in particular. In Java thread pools are implemented by the ThreadPoolExecutor class introduced in Java 5. The Javadoc of that class is very well organized. So I spare me the effort to give a general introduction here. Basically, what ThreadPoolExecutor does is, it creates ...

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