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A Tech Lead Paradox: Delivering vs Learning


Agile Manifesto signatory Jim Highsmith talks about riding paradoxes in his approach to Adaptive Leadership. A leader will find themselves choosing between two solutions or two situations that compete against each other. A leader successfully “rides the paradox” when they adopt an “AND” mindset, instead of an “OR” mindset. Instead of choosing one solution over another, they find a way ...

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Make Stories Small When You Have “Wicked” Problems


If you read my Three Alternatives to Making Smaller Stories, you noticed one thing. In each of these examples, the problem was in the teams’ ability to show progress and create interim steps. But, what about when you have a “wicked” problem, when you don’t know if you can create the answer? If you are a project manager, you might ...

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Java performance tuning survey results (part II)


This is a second post in series where we analyze the results of the performance tuning survey conducted in October 2014. If you have not read the first part yet, we recommend to start here. Second part will focus on monitoring Java applications for performance issues. In particular, we try to answer the following questions:           ...

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A Virtual Mesos Cluster with Vagrant and Chef


This is a republished guest blog post by Ed Ropple. Ed is a platform engineer with Localytics. His ambition is to enable other software developers to be more productive and less error-prone. You can find his original article here. Since starting at Localytics in Februmarch or so, I’ve found myself thrown into a bunch of new-ish stuff. My prior ops ...

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An introduction to REST


REST, or Representational State Transfer is an architectural style, or more simply, a set of constraints. We will look at the constraints REST imposes for web apps, but some highlights are:               Uniform interfaces: all resources are identified by URIs (think: links) It relies on a stateless, client-server, cacheable communications protocol (think: HTTP). Interaction with resources is ...

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PrimeFaces 5.0 DataTable Column Toggler


I have had an opportunity to work a bit with the PrimeFaces 5.0 DataTable, and the enhancements are great.  Today, I wanted to show just one of the new features…the DataTable column toggler.  This feature enables one to choose which columns are displayed via a list of checkboxes. To use a column toggler, simply add a commandButton to display picklist ...

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The Definition of a Tech Lead


There are many names for leadership roles in software development such as Senior Developer, Architect, Technical Lead, Team Lead, and Engineering Manager. These are just a few. To me, the Technical Leader (Tech Lead) plays an unique and essential role that others cannot. The Definition The Short: A Tech Lead is a developer who is responsible for leading a development ...

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Red Hat JBoss BRMS and BPMS Rich Client Framework demonstrating Polyglot Integration with GWT/Errai/UberFire and AngularJS


Last week I published a blog highlighting a presentation I gave showing our rich client platform that has resulted from the work we have done within the BRMS and BPMS platforms, the productised versions of the Drools and jBPM projects. The presentation is all screenshots and videos, you can find the blog and the link to the slideshare here: “Red ...

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ExecutorService – 10 tips and tricks


ExecutorService abstraction has been around since Java 5. We are talking about 2004 here. Just a quick reminder: both Java 5 and 6 are no longer supported, Java 7 won’t be in half a year. The reason I’m bringing this up is that many Java programmers still don’t fully understand how ExecutorService works. There are many places to learn that, ...

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How do I still write code as a Tech Lead?


I have previously suggested that effective Tech Leads spend an ideal minimum of 30% of their time writing code. A common question I hear in the Tech Lead training course I run is: Where do I find the time to code when I have all these other responsibilities to take care of? I know that many Tech Leads struggle to ...

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