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How many threads do I need?

It depends on your application. But for those who wish to have some insight about how to squeeze out most from all those expensive cores you have purchased for your production site ...
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Why can’t I turn off the Garbage Collector?

Let’s start with a quick rewind to the early days of my career as a Java developer. I wanted to eliminate Garbage Collection (GC) pauses from a test that I was conducting. Lo and ...
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Making the right decisions when optimizing code

You have an optimization task at hand. Which is great – you finally have the possibility to do something interesting instead of implementing yet another invoice processing screen. The ...
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Should you trust the default settings in JVM?

JVMs are considered smart nowadays. Not much configuration is expected – just set the maximum heap to use in the startup scripts and you should be good to go. All other default settings ...
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Increasing heap size – beware of the Cobra Effect

The term ‘Cobra effect’ stems from an anecdote set at the time of British rule of colonial India. The British government was concerned about the number of venomous cobra snakes. ...
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Do you get Just-in-time compilation?

Remember the last time when you were laughed at by C-developers? That the Java is so slooooow that they would never even consider using a language like this? In many ways, the concept ...
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Who is stealing your memory? The Application Servers Edition

You create an amazing app. You put it into production. And you notice that you justdo not have enough memory available. Even when all your measurements (maybe taken with the help of ...
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Busting PermGen Myths

In my latest post I explained the reasons that can cause the java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: PermGen space crashes. Now it is time to talk about possible solutions to the problem. Or, ...
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What is a PermGen leak?

What follows is a practical introduction to a specific type of memory problems in Java applications. Namely – we will analyze the errors that cause the java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: ...
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How much memory do I need

What is retained heap? How much memory will I need? This is a question you might have asked yourself (or others) when building a solution, creating a data structure or choosing an algorithm. ...
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