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Alex Zhitnitsky
Alex is an engineer working with Takipi on a mission to help Java and Scala developers solve bugs in production and rid the world of buggy software. Passionate about all things tech, he is also the co-founder & lead of GDG Haifa, a local developer group. Alex holds a B.Sc from the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology.

The Bet With Typesafe That Got Me Into Building Akka

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Back to the drawing board: The lost lines of code on the road to Akka Streams, Akka HTTP and Akka Typed If you’ve ever been curious about how new core features are being developed and why your favorite technologies take on a certain path, you’ve reached the right place. In the new design decisions series on the Takipi blog you’ll ...

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Sublime VS. Atom: Can GitHub Take the Lead?

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Comparing Sublime and Github’s Atom in 10 major categories Sublime has been the undisputed text editing champion for a while now. But a new contender – GitHub’s Atom – is stepping into the spotlight, making noise and trying to steal the not-so-old champion’s thunder. Some 30 versions after the release of Atom’s beta, we felt it would be a good time to test these two head-to-head. On ...

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We Analyzed 60,678 Libraries on Github – Here are the Top 100

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What are the top Java libraries used by some of the most popular projects on Github? Based on analyzing 60,678 dependencies We like backing up everything we say with data, that’s why some people claim we’re not that fun at parties. Obviously, they’re going to the wrong parties. In this post we’ve looked into 60,678 import statements of 11,939 unique ...

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Google Guava: 5 Things You Never Knew It Could Do

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What are some of the lesser known features of Google Guava that every developer could use? It’s one of the most popular libraries out there, it’s open source, you probably know it already, and it comes from a place where people play Quidditch as a real sport (At least on The Internship). It’s not the Hogwarts library from Harry Potter ...

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Async Goes Mainstream: 7 Reactive Programming Tools You MUST Know

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What are some of the most interesting tools to help you go Reactive? If everything in life goes async, awkward silences will go extinct. The closest solution we had until recent times was texting. Unfortunately our texting apps are turning the experience more and more synchronous with “last seen”, “typing…” and “read” certificates, so awkward silences now have a matching ...

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Java Bootstrap: Dropwizard vs. Spring Boot

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How to get a production ready Java application off the ground in the shortest time possible? I’m not a morning person, so sometimes it takes a while for the “all systems are go” cue to kick in. This used to be true for Java applications until not too long ago, but unlike the invention of the snooze function on the ...

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Fork/Join Framework vs. Parallel Streams vs. ExecutorService: The Ultimate Fork/Join Benchmark

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How does the Fork/Join framework act under different configurations? Just like the upcoming episode of Star Wars, there has been a lot of excitement mixed with criticism around Java 8 parallelism. The syntactic sugar of parallel streams brought some hype almost like the new lightsaber we’ve seen in the trailer. With many ways now to do parallelism in Java, we ...

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