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How Pairing & Swarming Work & Why They Will Improve Your Products


If you’ve been paying attention to agile at all, you’ve heard these terms: pairing and swarming. But what do they mean? What’s the difference? When you pair, two people work together to finish a piece of work. Traditionally, two developers paired. The “driver” wrote the piece of work. The other person, the “navigator,” observed the work, providing review, as the ...

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New in JAX-RS 2.0 – @BeanParam annotation


JAX-RS is awesome to say the least and one of my favorites! Why? Feature rich Intuitive (hence the learning curve is not as steep) Easy-to-use and develop with Has great RIs – Jersey, RestEasy etc There are enough JAX-RS fans out there who can add to this! JAX-RS 2.0 is the latest version of the JSR 311 specification and it ...

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Keeping things DRY: Method overloading


A good clean application design requires discipline in keeping things DRY: Everything has to be done once. Having to do it twice is a coincidence. Having to do it three times is a pattern. — An unknown wise man Now, if you’re following the Xtreme Programming rules, you know what needs to be done, when you encounter a pattern: refactor ...

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FX Playground


Introduction FX Playground is a JavaFX-based prototyping tool or live editor that eliminates the step of compiling Java code. This concept isn’t new, for instance the Web world there are many HTML5 playgrounds that offer online editors that enable developers to quickly prototype or experiment with various JavaScript libraries. This allows the developer to focus on visualizations or UI details ...

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How to Evaluate Job Offers


At some point in a career, many will be in a position to decide between multiple job offers from different companies – or at worst having to decide between accepting a new job or staying put. When starting to compare offers, it is common for the recipient to focus on the known quantities (i.e. salary, bonus, etc.) and perhaps a couple additional details that are generally ...

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Building extremely large in-memory InputStream for testing purposes


For some reason I needed extremely large, possibly even infinite InputStream that would simply return the samebyte[] over and over. This way I could produce insanely big stream of data by repeating small sample. Sort of similar functionality can be found in Guava: Iterable<T> Iterables.cycle(Iterable<T>) and Iterator<T> Iterators.cycle(Iterator<T>). For example if you need an infinite source of 0 and 1, simply sayIterables.cycle(0, 1) and get 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1... infinitely. ...

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Test Attribute #4 – Accuracy


This is the 4th post on test attributes that were described in the now even more famous “How to test your tests” post. If you want training and/or coaching on testing, contact me. Accuracy is about pinpointing the location of the failing code. If we know where the offending code is, we can easily analyze what problem we caused, and ...

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JAXB – A Newcomer’s Perspective, Part 1


I know what a lot of you are already thinking, so let’s get this out of the way: “JAXB? As in XML? Come on, all the cool kids are using JSON.” The “XML vs. JSON” debate and the many arguments that contribute to it are pretty well documented; I won’t spend a lot of time rehashing them here. I believe ...

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JavaFX Tip 12: Define Icons in CSS


When you are a UI developer coming from Swing like me then there is a good chance that you are still setting images / icons directly in your code. Most likely something like this:                 import javafx.scene.control.Label; import javafx.scene.image.ImageView; public class MyLabel extends Label { public MyLabel() { setGraphic(new ImageView(MyLabel.class. getResource("image.gif").toExternalForm())); } }   ...

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Integrate apps with Neo4j using Zapier


Recently, I was directed to Zapier to get some lightweight integration done between systems for a quick proof of concept. Initially skeptical, I found that it really could save time and tie together all those pieces of your system you never got around to integrating. Moreover, it is a way for people to integrate the applications they use without having ...

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