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Why we double down on AWS and the cloud

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Blippex.org published a blog post yesterday why they moved away from AWS. In the blogpost and HN discussion we recognized a couple of important points were missing in favor of AWS or cloud services in general. Full Disclosure: We know the guys from Blippex very well as they are also from Vienna. Blippex’s blog post didn’t mention that the team ...

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On Developer Hiring – The Elephant In The Room

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The software industry is obsessed with hiring. Every week we get new articles on the topic on how to snag those mythical 10x developers. The elephant in the room is that most developers can do most corporate jobs, so perhaps hiring is just not as important as we give it credit for? Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate what a ...

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Set up Continuous Deployment to Amazon OpsWorks

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This is a republished guest blog post by Edgars Lazdins. He is director at Novo IT – a Web Development Agency from Latvia. You can find his original article here. Deploying code to Amazon OpsWorks using Codeship Here, at Novo IT, we love using Amazon OpsWorks for deploying our internal projects. With OpsWorks, we can easily segregate our development environments ...

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Communicate Through Stories Rather Than Tasks

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Communicate Through Stories Rather Than Tasks Last time I talked about interfaces between pieces of code. Today I want to discuss the interface between groups of people involved in developing software. There are two basic groups: those who develop the software, and those who coordinate that development. In Agile terms, those groups are the Development Team on the one hand, and ...

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My Favorite Books for Advanced Java Developers

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The idea for my last blog post (my ten favorite online resources for advanced Java developers), was inspired by the Xiaoran Wang post Top 10 Websites for Advanced Level Java Developers. Wang also wrote a post called Top 10 Books For Advanced Level Java Developers. As with the post on best websites for advanced Java developers, it is easy to ...

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How to kill Java with a Regular Expression

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We recently stumbled upon a phenomen we absolutely weren’t aware of: You can kill any Java IDE and also any Java process with a simple regular expression… Back in university, I was taught that regular expressions, which are called regular grammers or type 3 grammers  always end up in an finite state automaton and can therefore be processed in linear ...

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Scala Wonderland: All operations are method calls

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I’ve started learning Scala two months ago and I can’t get back to Murakami’s 1Q84 so exciting it is. In the coming series I’d like to share my excitement with you. It won’t be yet another step-by-step tutorial. I’ll share features that made me think (IBM should be proud of me). For whatever reason.             ...

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Six Java features to stay away from

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I have spent countless hours troubleshooting different applications. Via the experience I can draw a conclusion about several Java SE features/APIs which most of the developers should just stay away from. When I refer to most of the developers, I have the regular Java EE developers in mind, not to the library designers / infrastructure engineers. Full disclosure: I do ...

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Adding Overlay Icons to ImageViews

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While working on Serenity for Android, one of the many requests I received was to have a Watched Status indicator appear over the poster. There are a couple of ways to do this on Android. Use a Canvas and draw the overlay icon on to the existing bitmap Use a Layout and overlay the icon as needed. The first approach ...

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