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Someday Is a Lie

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“You don’t have a time machine— you’re living the same twenty-four hours we all are. You can barely make it through your day with all the current things there are to do; when is “someday” finally going to arrive? The answer is, of course, never. Today is it.”  – Andrew J. Mellen, “Unstuff Your Life!” If you’re a software professional, you’ve probably ...

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Independent Contracting: How to Get There

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The concept of self-employment is appealing for many technologists, but the path to getting there isn’t always clear. Independent contractors may cite several attributes of their work that they find preferable to traditional employer/employee relationships. The allure of money is obvious, but independents may also be drawn to project variety, an emphasis on new development over maintaining existing projects, and additional control over work/life balance. Independent contracting has ...

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Akka Notes – Actor Supervision – 8

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Failures are more like a feature among distributed systems. And with Akka’s let it crash fault tolerance model, you could achieve a clear separation between your business logic and your failure handling logic (supervision logic). All with very little effort. It’s pretty amazing. This is the topic of our discussion now. Actor Supervision Imagine a method call stack and the ...

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Spring Rest API with Swagger – Exposing documentation

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Once you create API documentation it is important to make it available to the stakeholders. In ideal case, this published documentation would be flexible enough to account for any last-minute changes and also be easy to distribute (in terms of costs as well as time needed to accomplish this). To make this possible we will make use of what was accomplished ...

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An entity modelling strategy for scaling optimistic locking

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Introduction Application-level repeatable reads are suitable for preventing lost updates in web conversations. Enabling entity-level optimistic locking is fairly easy. You just have to mark one logical-clock property (usually an integer counter) with the JPA @Version annotation and Hibernate takes care of the rest.           The catch Optimistic locking discards all incoming changes that are relative ...

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Java Annotations Tutorial – The ULTIMATE Guide (PDF Download)

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EDITORIAL NOTE: Annotations in Java are a major feature and every Java developer should know how to utilize them. We have provided an abundance of tutorials here at Java Code Geeks, like Creating Your Own Java Annotations, Java Annotations Tutorial with Custom Annotation and Java Annotations: Explored & Explained. We also featured articles on annotations used in various libraries, including ...

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Using the Neo4j browser with Embedded Neo4j

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There are times when you have an application using Neo4j in embedded mode but also need to play around with the graph using the Neo4j web browser. Since the database can be accessed from at most one process at a time, trying to start up the Neo4j server when your embedded Neo4j  application is running won’t work. The WrappingNeoServerBootstrapper, although deprecated, comes ...

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Batching (collapsing) requests in Hystrix

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Hystrix has an advanced feature of collapsing (or batching) requests. If two or more commands run similar request at the same time, Hystrix can combine them together, run one batched request and dispatch split results back to all commands. Let’s first see how Hystrix works without collapsing. Imagine we have a service that looks up StockPriceof a given Ticker:   ...

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