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We Need More Foremen

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This week I read a blog post titled Where is the Foreman by Robert “Uncle Bob” Martin. It made me think. Uncle Bob suggests that a software development team should have a foreman who: He’d make sure everything was done, done right, and done on time. He’d be the only one with commit rights. Everybody else would send him pull ...

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Common gotchas in Java

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Overview Java is a minimalist language with deliberately less features than other languages, never the less it has edge cases which strange effects, and even some common cases with surprising effects to trip up the unwary. If you are used to reading another language you can easily read Java the wrong way leaving to confusion. Variables are only references or ...

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Developing Java EE applications with Maven and WebLogic 12c

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The WebLogic Server 12c has very nice support for Maven now. The doc for this is kinda hidden though, so here is a direct link http://docs.oracle.com/middleware/1212/core/MAVEN To summarize the doc, Oracle did not provide a public Maven repository manager hosting for their server artifacts. However they do now provide a tool for you to create and populate your own. You ...

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Thymeleaf integration with Spring (Part 2)

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1. Introduction This is the second part of the Thymeleaf integration with Spring tutorial. You can read the first part here, where you will learn how to configure this project. As explained at the beginning of the first part of this tutorial, the web application will send two types of requests:         Insert a new guest: Sends ...

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When You Can’t Compete on Salary: Tech Talent On a Budget

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When trying to hire developers, startups and small companies now find themselves in the unfortunate predicament of having to directly compete with the unlimited resources and mass appeal of market heavyweights like Google and Facebook. New grads are laser-focused on getting jobs with what many call The Big Four, and some grads will land. Most founders and hiring managers know ...

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Why Embracing Legacy is Wise

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Legacy isn’t sexy. When hearing “legacy”, people think of COBOL. Those good old days when people talked to machines like they would talk to robots. But COBOL is not the only type of legacy. According to Stephen Ball, an Embarcadero salesman and evangelist whom I’ve met at the Java 2 Days conference in Sofia, Delphi has over 3 million developers world ...

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Easy to understand Dynamic Programming – Edit distance

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Following the topic of the last post, I will discuss another problem that can be solved efficiently using dynamic programming. Unlike the Fibonacci sequence that we saw on the introduction post, the problem that I present here is a bit more tricky to solve (which also makes it more interesting). The reason I’ll review this problem and other similar ones ...

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