About 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.

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JAXB – A Newcomer’s Perspective, Part 1

I know what a lot of you are already thinking, so let’s get this out of the way: “JAXB? As in XML? Come on, all the cool kids are using JSON.” The “XML vs. JSON” debate and ...
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Creating Your Own Java Annotations

If you’ve been programming in Java and using any one of the popular frameworks like Spring and Hibernate, you should be very familiar with using annotations. When working with an ...
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Lessons Learned in Automated Testing

I want to discuss some takeaways from my role as a Quality Assurance (QA) Software Developer. My experiences in QA were two-fold: I started as a Software Engineer responsible for QA ...
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Graduate School: ”Do… Or Do Not. There Is No Try” – Yoda

I recently completed my Master of Science in Computer Science.  There were both good and bad experiences about graduate school while working full time, and I wanted to share them to ...
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Code For Maintainability So The Next Developer Doesn’t Hate You

Unless your problem domain includes some specific need for highly optimized code, consider what is your biggest coding priority. I’m going to suggest that you make it maintainability. There ...
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My Move From ColdFusion to Java Development

Although I studied and experimented with different development technologies and tools throughout my college and graduate careers, my full-time professional career began with development ...
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Programming for Change

It has become cliché to say that the only constant in life is change, and most people accept it as a given. However, we often don’t take it to heart when we code. We prototype something ...
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The Journey From JEE to SPA

While pulling down an existing Backbone.js project that I was helping with, I felt confident enough with JavaScript that I figured I could start cranking out JavaScript fairly quickly. ...
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Five Funny Moments in Developer History

I’ve been working in development environments my whole career, over 30 years. I started out sharing an office that actually had a door on it; yes, that was a really long time ago. ...
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Developers Are Lazy (And How To Use That To Your Advantage With Eclipse)

As I sat down to write this blog post, I thought through how many years I’ve been developing, and how many great people I have been lucky to meet in my career. I’ve been developing ...
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