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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.

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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15 Tools Java Developers Should Use After a Major Release

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The survival kit for new deployments: Tools for Java developers that frequently deploy code to production! Takipi detects all errors in production and shows the variable values as if you were there when it happened Deploy now and get a free T-shirt               The ultimate survival kit for new deployments Unlike toying around with zombie ...

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Beyond Thread Pools: Java Concurrency is Not as Bad as You Think

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Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, Akka, Java 8 streams and Quasar: The classic use cases to the newest concurrency approaches for Java developers There’s a lot of chatter going around about newer concepts in concurrency, yet many developers haven’t had a chance to wrap their heads around them yet. In this post we’ll go through the things you need to know about ...

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Java 9 Behind the Scenes: Where Do New Features Come From?

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Find out what’s going on behind the scenes of Java, and how new features come to life In a previous post we went over the new and pending features for the upcoming Java 9 release, and briefly mentioned the process that a new feature goes through before being added to the next release. Since this process affects almost all Java developers, ...

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5 Error Tracking Tools Java Developers Should Know

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Raygun, Stack Hunter, Sentry, Takipi and Airbrake: Modern developer tools to help you crush bugs before bugs crush your app!  With the Java ecosystem going forward, web applications serving growing numbers of requests and users’ demand for high performance – comes a new breed of modern development tools. A fast paced environment with rapid new deployments requires tracking errors and ...

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