About Bart Bakker

Bart is a technologist who specializes in agile software development. He is passionate about creating working software that is easy to change and to maintain.

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Java’s Volatile Modifier

A while ago I wrote a Java servlet Filter that loads configuration in its init function (based on a parameter from web.xml). The filter’s configuration is cached in a private field. ...
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Java’s Volatile Modifier

A while ago I wrote a Java servlet Filter that loads configuration in its init function (based on a parameter from web.xml). The filter’s configuration is cached in a private ...
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How Agile is a Scrum team?

Most teams I meet today are agile. Or, so they proclaim to be. All of these teams do Scrum, and that makes them agile. Doesn’t it? If I look back at the 12 practices the Agile ...
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Fast Remote Service Tests

Testing code that interacts with remote services is often pretty hard. There are a lot of tradeoffs that influence what tests you can write and the amount of tests to write. Most of ...
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Code Katas

In this post I want to talk about code katas. Most of you have heard of code katas before, many of you  probably have done some katas. A while ago code katas were getting a fair bit ...
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Acceptance Test Driven Development

In this short series about acceptance testing I previously wrote about collaboration between testers and developers and how acceptance tests help to define clear requirements of a system. Where ...
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Acceptance Tests as Specifications

In my previous article about acceptance testing I wrote about how tools like FitNesse and Cucumber focus on collaboration between developers and testers. Of course that’s not ...
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Acceptance Testing: Blaming the Tools

About 5 years ago I was on a project to build a system for collateral management. The system was connected to a large financial network, and got its instructions through standardized ...
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Lambdas for Fluent and Stable APIs

A few weeks ago I wrote an introduction on Java 8 lambdas. In this introduction I explained what a lambda is and how to use them in conjunction with the new Stream API, that is also ...
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Introduction to Java lambdas

The main theme of Java 8 is lambdas. I have noticed that for many Java programmers lambdas are pretty tough material. So let’s try to get a basic understanding of them. First ...
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