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How much faster is Java 8?

Java SE 8 was released yesterday. Traditionally, every new major JRE version comes with a free performance boost. Do we get another free lunch? And how big is the gain this time? Let’s ...
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Constructor/Method Parameters Metadata Available Via Reflection in JDK 8

One of the lesser advertised new features of JDK 8 is the optional ability to include parameter metadata in compiled Java classes [JDK Enhancement Proposal (JEP) 118]. This feature ...
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HTML5: Offline upload of images

I am currently working on an application which has needs to work offline. This has the beneficial side effect, we use the different HTML5 storage capabilities. One of the is the File ...
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Building a nirvana

What started out three years ago as in a form of a single ANT file has grown into literally a hundred of build tasks taking more than eight hours to complete from start to finish on ...
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Groovy Goodness: Closure as Writable

In a previous post we learned about the Writable interface and how the GString implementation implements this interface. In Groovy we can also use a closure as an implementation of ...
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The Cost of Context Switching

I have always thought that I am good at multitasking. That is why I believed that I don’t have to pay the price associated with context switching (or task switching). This week I ...
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Spring Boot 1.0 followed by Spring Boot 1.0.1 bug fix release

Spring Boot 1.0 release was recently announced by the Spring Boot team, and was followed by Spring Boot 1.0.1.RELEASE, a bug fix release that also includes a few new features. Spring ...
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The Prototype of Future Knowledge Workers

The following is an except from my 2008 book “Changing Software Development: Learning to be Agile”. I’ve been thinking about this suggestion a lot recently and have a blog post ...
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Scrum Masters: What Makes a Good One?

Yes, that’s right. I am writing a blog post today about Scrum and Scrum Masters. No, I haven’t lost my mind. I just realized that out of everything I’ve written about Agile and ...
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Using Jenkins / Hudson remote API to check jobs status

While working on my talk Writing a Hudson / Jenkins plugin (for EclipseCon NA 2014), I wanted to publish blog posts about the ideas mentioned in the talk; in this post I explain how ...
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