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Rebooting ALM, Part IV: Fantasy

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 This is the final part of the Rebooting ALM series. You should also read: Part I: Evolution Part II: Power Part III: Weakness We’ve covered where ALM tools excel, and where they falter. Now, allow me to fantasize about how we can take a leap forward and start solving actual problems for real ALM users (that’s us). Most of our work starts ...

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Kotlin for Android Developers

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We Android Developers have a difficult situation regarding our language limitation. As you may know, current Android development only support Java 6 (with some small improvements from Java 7), so we need to deal every day with a really old language that cuts our productivity and forces us to write tons of boilerplate and fragile code that it’s difficult to ...

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Java regular expression library benchmarks – 2015

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While trying to get Java to #1 in the regexdna challenge for The Computer Language Benchmarks Game I was researching the performance of regular expression libraries for Java. The most recent website I could find was tusker.org from 2010. Hence I decided to redo the tests using the Java Microbenchmarking Harness and publish the results (spoiler alert: I got Java ...

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Julia – a Fresh Approach to Numerical Computing and Data Science

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The Julia programming language was created in 2009 by Jeff Bezanson, Stefan Karpinski, and Viral B Shah. It was broadly announced in 2012 and has had a growing community of contributors and users ever since. There are over 700 packages in the official registry and the base language has had over 400 contributors. Julia aims to address the “two language ...

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A Refresher – Top 10 Java EE 7 Backend Features

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This is the second part in my little Java EE 7 refresher series. After a first introduction with a brief overview, I decided to ask Arjan Tijms to write about his favorite new backend features in Java EE 7. You will know Arjan if you’re following the Java EE space. He is a long time Java EE developer, JSF and ...

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JavaOne 2015 – Another Year, Another Step Forward

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JavaOne 2015 San Francisco was held October 25-29. I am proud to say this is my ninth JavaOne as an attendee, my seventh one as a speaker, my fourth one as an Oracle employee, my third one as a member of the content committee and my second one as a track lead. I think this was another great year for ...

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Quick Web App Prototyping with Spring Boot & MongoDB

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Back in one of my previous projects I was asked to produce a little contingency application. The schedule was tight and the scope simple. The in-house coding standard is PHP, so trying to get a classic Java EE stack in place would have been a real challenge. And, to be really honest, completely oversized. So, what then? I took the ...

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How to write a java agent

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For vmlens, a lightweight java race condition catcher, we are using a java agent to trace field accesses. Here are the lessons we learned implementing such an agent. The Start Create an agent class with a “static public static void premain(String args, Instrumentation inst)” method. Put this class into a jar file with a manifest pointing to the Agent class. ...

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Reactive Database Access – Part 2 – Actors

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We’re very happy to continue our a guest post series on the jOOQ blog by Manuel Bernhardt. In this blog series, Manuel will explain the motivation behind so-called reactive technologies and after introducing the concepts of Futures and Actors use them in order to access a relational database in combination with jOOQ. Manuel Bernhardt is an independent software consultant with ...

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