About Jakub Holy

Jakub is an experienced Java[EE] developer working for a lean & agile consultancy in Norway. He is interested in code quality, developer productivity, testing, and in how to make projects succeed.

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VisualVM: Monitoring Remote JVM Over SSH (JMX Or Not)

VisualVM is a great tool for monitoring JVM (5.0+) regarding memory usage, threads, GC, MBeans etc. Let’s see how to use it over SSH to monitor (or even profile, using its sampler) a remote JVM either with JMX or without it. Thi ...
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Programming Like Kent Beck

Three of us, namely Stig, Krzysztof, and Jakub, have had the pleasure of spending a week with Kent Beck during Iterate Code Camp 2012, working together on a project and learning programming best practices. We would like to share t ...
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Help, My Code Isn’t Testable! Do I Need to Fix the Design?

Our code is often untestable because there is no easy way to “sense1” the results in a good way and because the code depends on external data/functionality without making it possible to replace or modify these during a test (i ...
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Introduction to Puppet For Vagrant Users

I couldn’t find any good, brief, practical introduction into Puppet that gives you basic working knowledge in minimal time, so here it is. You will learn how to do the elementary things with Puppet – install packages, copy fil ...
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Serving Files with Puppet Standalone in Vagrant

If you use Puppet in the client-server mode to configure your production environment then you might want to be able to copy & paste from the prod configuration into the Vagrant’s standalone puppet‘s configuration to test s ...
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JBoss AS 7: Custom Login Modules

JBoss AS 7 is neat but the documentation is still quite lacking (and error messages not as useful as they could be). This post summarizes how you can create your own JavaEE-compliant login module for authenticating users of your w ...
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Exposing Functionality Over HTTP with Groovy and Ultra-Lightweight HTTP Servers

I needed a quick and simple way to enable some users to query a table and figured out that the easiest solution was to use an embedded, ligthweight HTTP server so that the users could type a URL in their browser and get the result ...
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Getting Started with Amazon Web Services and Fully Automated Resource Provisioning in 15 Minutes

While waiting for a new project, I wanted to learn something useful. And because on many projects we need to assess and test the performance of the application being developed while only rarely there is enough hardware for generat ...
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Principles for Creating Maintainable and Evolvable Tests

Having [automated] unit/integration/functional/… tests is great but it is too easy for them to become a hindrance, making any change to the system painful and slow – up to the point where you throw them away. How to avoid ...
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How to Fail With Drools or Any Other Tool/Framework/Library

What I like most at conferences are reports of someone’s failure to do or implement something for they’re the best sources of learning. And How to Fail with Drools (in Norwegian) by C. Dannevig of Know IT at JavaZone 2011 is o ...
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