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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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Websockets with Spring 4

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I am throwing the entire kitchen sink into a small web application that I am developing as part of this post – Spring Boot, Spring Integration, RabbitMQ and finally the topic of the post, the Websocket support in Spring MVC with Spring 4. Real-time quake listing application The final app will list the earthquake occurrences around the world and is ...

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IDE vs. Editor

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Are you using an IDE, or an editor? Are you a “hardcore” programmer, or you are one of those sissy modern developers that use IDEs? Have you personalized your emacs or vim to make you 200% more productive? Or do you think that emacs is useless, at least for Java. Either way, it’s an interesting topic to discuss – what ...

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How to Eliminate Bugs Through High Cohesion

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Intuition tells us that methods like these ones suffer from a distinct code smell:                     CompilationTask getTask( Writer out, JavaFileManager fileManager, DiagnosticListener<? super JavaFileObject> diagnosticListener, Iterable<String> options, Iterable<String> classes, Iterable<? extends JavaFileObject> compilationUnits ); Why is that so? Let’s delve into this intuition. Here is an example from the JavaCompiler Javadoc: ...

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What’s new in Java 8 – Date API

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With the final release of Java 8 around the corner, one of the new features I’m excited about is the new Date API, a result of the work on JSR 310. While Lambda expressions are certainly the big draw of Java 8, having a better way to work with dates is a decidedly welcome addition. This is a quick post ...

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Signing SOAP Messages – Generation of Enveloped XML Signatures

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Digital signing is a widely used mechanism to make digital contents authentic. By producing a digital signature for some content, we can let another party capable of validating that content. It can provide a guarantee that, is not altered after we signed it, with this validation. With this sample I am to share how to generate the a signature for ...

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NoSQL Job Trends – February 2014

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So, it is a few days late but we finally have the NoSQL installment of the February job trends. For the NoSQL job trends, we continue to focus on Cassandra, Redis, Couchbase , SimpleDB, CouchDB, MongoDB, HBase, and Riak. As was stated previously, Voldemort has been replaced by Couchbase and we are looking at other options to include as well. Given the nature of Hadoop and ...

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Deploy to Maven Central Repository

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Do you need to make your Java library publicly accessible? Is your project hosted on GitHub? Do you like idea of “all-in-one deploy to Maven Central Repository” button? I am going to show how to set it up with usage of maven-release-plugin. Source code is hosted on GitHub, so SSH access to source control will be also described. There are ...

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Using the AutoValue Code Generator in Eclipse

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My colleague Moritz of EclipseSource recently came across Google Auto, a collection of Java code generators. AutoValue is one of them and generates Java code for immutable objects. It provides an annotation and an annotation processor to generate Java code for immutable value objects. The current version is labelled RC1 and a 1.0 release is soon to come. The idea ...

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