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Are comments always wrong?

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A colleague asked me recently: Why aren’t developers writing comments any more? He’d been looking through some code his team had written, and couldn’t understand it – he was looking for comments to make sense of the mess, but there were none. Before he challenged the team, he asked my opinion: should developers be writing comments? Excessive Comments When I ...

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Choosing a leader like an agilist

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The leader as a captain I recently read Petri Kainulainen’s article on sharing leadership among team members and I am on the same wavelength in this regard, since the Agile methods emphasizes the importance of “motivated individuals, who should be trusted”. While a team leader could be regarded as a reminiscence of the old rigid organization structures, I still see ...

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Clean SWT Listener Notifcations with SWTEventHelper

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Writing tests for SWT based UIs often requires to notify widget listeners programmatically. Unfortunately the code to create, initialize and finally to trigger the event is a bit verbose and distracts from the actual purpose of the test. After writing similar initialization routines a couple of times I came up with a little utility class that avoid these redundancies and ...

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Java 8 : What do developers think?

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Since Java 8 releasement countdown is starting, Java developers seem certainly ready to get involved. According to a survey in Typesafe, 65% of developers who participated answered that they will be migrating to Java 8 in a 24 months plan, and from them 30% will try to migrate over the next 6 months. 73% of developers who participated are currently ...

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How to create MySQL DataSource in WebLogic Server

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One cool thing about using an application server is that it allows you to create DataSource outside of your application and it can manage it along with thread pool and transaction manager etc. With WebLogic Server, it comes with quite a few built in JDBC drivers such as Oracle Database and MySQL etc ready for your use. Here I will ...

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Logging or debugging

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Debugging is lame. You should debug log. If your code is structured you do not need debug logging. These are two opinions from the two ends of the line. I am, as usually, standing in the middle, and I will tell you why. First of all, there is no principal difference between debugging versus logging. They are just two different ...

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Java 8 Friday Goodies: Easy-as-Pie Local Caching

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At Data Geekery, we love Java. And as we’re really into jOOQ’s fluent API and query DSL, we’re absolutely thrilled about what Java 8 will bring to our ecosystem. We have blogged a couple of times about some nice Java 8 goodies, and now we feel it’s time to start a new blog series, the… Java 8 Friday Every Friday, ...

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How To Succeed in Software Without a CS Degree

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This week I was approached by two individuals seeking advice on finding employment in a programming capacity, yet both lacked the traditional standard requirement for entry-level positions – the BS in CS (‘BSCS’). I get asked about entering the industry often, and each scenario has a unique wrinkle. The most recent candidates were a fresh Ivy League liberal arts grad ...

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