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Throughput and latency: performance tuning made simple

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Many of our previous topics have measured the behaviour of certain systems in terms of either latency or throughput. As it can be confusing to understand what either of the term actually stands for, I decided to write a post explaining the terms in performance optimization standpoint. Let us start with an example to illustrate the concepts. As we are ...

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Node.js Non-Blocking IO Model

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Now-a-days developers know about Node.js as a server -side javascript execution platform. According to nodejs.org,- “Node.js is a platform built on Chrome’s JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.” Now node.js opens a new way of performing ...

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Anatomy of a Java Decompiler

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A decompiler, simply put, attempts to reverse the transformation of source code to object code. But there are many interesting complexities—Java source code is structured; bytecode certainly isn’t. Moreover, the transformation isn’t one-to-one: two different Java programs may yield identical bytecode. We need to apply heuristics in order to get a reasonable approximation of the original source. (A Tiny) Bytecode ...

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Listening and Logging Ant Output in Groovy

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In the comments section of my post Executing Ant Build File Targets from Groovy, CRC recently asked, “I’ve used your script and it seems to work but I could’t see any output at the console (I’m calling a echo task in build.xml), why?” This is a great question and one that I feel is better answered in a post than ...

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Hibernate Facts: Always check Criteria API SQL queries

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Criteria API is very useful for dynamically building queries, but that’s the only use case where I’d use it. Whenever you have an UI with N filters that may arrive in any M combinations, it makes sense to have an API to construct queries dynamically, since concatenating strings is always a path I’m running away from. The question is, are ...

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Why I stopped using Spring

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My post on DZone about Humble Architects sparked somewhat of a controversy, especially around my disparaing comments regarding Spring and Dependency Injection Frameworks. In this post, I expand on my I stopped using Spring. I was one of the earliest adopter of Spring in Norway. We developed a large system where we eventually had to start thinking about things like ...

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11 areas an Agile Project Manager needs to focus on

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In my previous posts I focused on the Attitudes of a Great Software Developer and the Attitudes of a Great Software Tester. An Agile project’s success also depends a lot on the Agile Project Manager. The decisions he takes and the emphasis he provides on certain areas will pave the way for a successful Agile Project. In this post, I ...

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Garbage Collector guidelines and tips

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These are some of the guidelines and tips I usually look at when I need to tune the GC. Are mostly taken by the following 2 books and few of them from my experience: Java Performance JBoss AS 5 Performance Tuning Hopefully they will be useful for someone else out there! Garbage Collector XX:+AggressiveOpts sets a HotSpot internal boolean variable ...

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