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How to Speed Up Apache Xalan’s XPath Processor by Factor 10x

There has been a bit of an awkward bug in Apache Xalan for a while now, and that bug is XALANJ-2540. The effect of this bug is that an internal SPI configuration file is loaded by Xalan thousands ...
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Scala Wonderland: All operations are method calls

I’ve started learning Scala two months ago and I can’t get back to Murakami’s 1Q84 so exciting it is. In the coming series I’d like to share my excitement with you. It won’t ...
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Six Java features to stay away from

I have spent countless hours troubleshooting different applications. Via the experience I can draw a conclusion about several Java SE features/APIs which most of the developers should ...
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Adding Overlay Icons to ImageViews

While working on Serenity for Android, one of the many requests I received was to have a Watched Status indicator appear over the poster. There are a couple of ways to do this on Android.Use ...
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Java Reflection Tutorial

In this tutorial, I mainly write some examples to introduce what Java reflection can do. Hopefully, it can give you an overview of this concept. Please leave your comment for suggestions. What ...
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What is the Future of Work?

I just read Scott Berkun’s The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work. For me, it was a mixed read. Yes, you can make a totally distributed team work. What you need ...
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A Scraping Library

As part of a project I’m working on, I needed to get documents from state institutions. And instead of writing code specific for each site, I decided to try creating a “universal” ...
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Simplicity vs. Robustness – Demonstrated On Lock File Handling

Today we will discuss a conflict between the design values of keeping things simple, stupid (KISS) and robustness, between underdesign and overdesign. We were writing a batch Java application ...
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How can Agile help you in clearing the technical debt?

This post is a write up to my talk titled “How can Agile help you in clearing the technical debt?” presented at the Scrum Bangalore Meetup 2013. It was a short talk for ...
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Code Reviews Change Over Time

We’ve been doing code reviews for about 4 years now. Getting Started with Code Reviews From the start, developers would help each other out, look at code when someone asked, or ...
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