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Author Archives: Keyhole Software

Keyhole is a midwest-based consulting firm with a tight-knit technical team. We work primarily with Java, JavaScript and .NET technologies, specializing in application development. We love the challenge that comes in consulting and blog often regarding some of the technical situations and technologies we face.

Agile (micro)Management

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Is Agile Development making your development team dread coming into work? Several years ago, a company I was new to had been pushing the need for agile development. After numerous meetings, discussions and even some training, everyone was excited and ready to roll. Only a few weeks after the agile onset, however, I asked a developer how he was liking ...

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A Working DeltaSpike Tutorial

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On a recent project, I was faced with an interesting problem: take a service method that was given a single object and reuse the same code in the context of a nightly process that would run independently of the application over thousands of the same type of object. It would have been ridiculous to try to maintain an identical process ...

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Introducing Cucumber for Java + STANDARD Values

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As software developers, we all have our favorite tools for making us successful. Many are perfect for the job when getting started but are soon outgrown. Others require too much setup and training to “dip your toes in the water” just to simply find out if they are the right tool. Cucumber JVM is a testing framework that enhances JUnit ...

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Real-Time Applications With RethinkDB

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In the last several years, there have been new requirements and expectations placed on enterprise applications that have dramatically increased application code complexity. Users want dynamic websites that provide instant data feedback or to have multiple users work on the same document concurrently. New frameworks and ideas have also evolved along with the requirements to help cope with the new ...

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Anatomy Of Setting Up An Elasticsearch N-Gram Word Analyzer

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To say that n-grams are a massive topic would be an understatement. Do a quick search and you will find yourself staring down volumes of information on linguistics and language models, on data mining, or on the implication of the breakdown of specific proteins on the decline of debutante culture. Okay, I’m kidding about that last one. But if you ...

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Making Spring Batch Groovy

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Here at Keyhole, we are very fond of Spring Batch. In many Java Enterprise environments, there is still a big need for automating moving data around. Spring Batch gives us a great head start on creating these batch processes. Note: if you’re in the area on Wednesday night (8/5/15), check out Keyhole Managing Partner David Pitt’s Spring Batch presentation at the ...

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Spring Batch – Replacing XML Job Configuration With JavaConfig

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I recently assisted a client in getting up and running with a Spring Batch implementation. The team had decided to move forward with a JavaConfig-based configuration for their batch jobs instead of the traditional XML-based configuration. As this is becoming a more common approach to configuring Java applications, I felt it was time to update Keyhole’s Spring Batch series to show you how ...

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Distributed Team & Agile? No Problem!

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Tools and Techniques for the Distributed Agile Team The Agile Manifesto asserts that co-location & face-to-face communication are essential components to a successful software development team. However, with today’s technology, co-location is just a click away. In this post, we’ll discuss online tools for the following Agile techniques:           Scrum Pointing Poker Retrospective Teamwork in general ...

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Know Your IDE: Eclipse

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When I made the switch from .NET to Java, I naturally had to switch IDEs. With moving to Java, I chose Eclipse. I was fortunate to have a great group of coworkers that took time out of their schedule to share shortcuts and tips to allow me to utilize Eclipse to the fullest extent. One of the first shortcuts I ...

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Short on Time? Switch to Groovy for Unit Testing

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If you are a programming today, you have most likely heard of Unit Testing or of the Test-Driven Development process. I have yet to run into a programmer that has not heard of both, nor one that says Unit Testing isn’t important. In casual discussions, most programmers seem to feel that Unit Tests are very important and that Test-Driven Development ...

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