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Design Your Agile Project, Part 4


If you are thinking of agile as part of a program, each team has to have its own approach to agile. Why? Because each team has its own risks and problems. You don’t need to standardize agile for anyone. If you treat people as if they are adults and explain the principles that you want (working software all the time ...

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The anatomy of Connection Pooling


Introduction All projects I’ve been working on have used database connection pooling and that’s for very good reasons. Sometimes we might forget why we are employing one design pattern or a particular technology, so it’s worth stepping back and reason on it. Every technology or technological decision has both upsides and downsides, and if you can’t see any drawback you ...

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Reporting Metrics to Apache Kafka and Monitoring with Consumers


Apache Kafka has been used for some time now by organizations to consume not only all of the data within its infrastructure from an application perspective but also the server statistics of the running applications and infrastructure.  Apache Kafka is great for this. Coda Hale’s metrics’s has become a leading way to instrument your JVM applications capturing what the application is doing ...

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Groovy 2.3 introduces traits


A few days ago the second beta of Groovy 2.3 got released. One of the major new Groovy 2.3 features are traits. A trait is a reusable set of methods and fields that can be added to one or more classes. A class can be composed out of multiple traits without using multiple inheritance (and therefore avoiding the diamond problem). ...

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Handy New Map Default Methods in JDK 8


The Map interface provides some handy new methods in JDK 8. Because the Map methods I cover in this post are implemented as default methods, all existing implementations of the Map interface enjoy the default behaviors defined in the default methods without any new code. The JDK 8 introduced Map methods covered in this post are getOrDefault(Object, V), putIfAbsent(K, V), ...

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Scheduling Repeated Tasks in Android


A somewhat common usecase for android applications is to have them launched when the phone is started, and execute some piece of code periodically. Sounds straightforward, but there are some pitfalls, so here are a couple of steps to take in order to achieve that. Start with the trivial stuff: In your manifest you need the following in order to ...

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Spring test with thymeleaf for views


I am a recent convert to thymeleaf for view templating in Spring based web applications, preferring it over jsp’s. All the arguments that thymeleaf documentation makes on why thymeleaf over jsp holds water and I am definitely sold. One of the big reasons for me, apart from being able to preview the template, is the way the view is rendered ...

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Efficient Code Coverage with Eclipse


There is a saying that a fool with a tool is still a fool. But how to use a tool most efficiently is not always obvious to me. Because of this I typically spend some time to check out new playgrounds1 that promise to increase my work speed without impairing quality. This way I came across EclEmma, a code coverage ...

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OpenSource License Manager


What is a License Manager? License managers are used to enforce license rights, or at least to support the enforcement. When you develop an open source program, there is no much you need to or can do to enforce license rights. The code is there and if anyone just wants to abuse the program there is nothing technical that could ...

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