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Writing Tests for Data Access Code – Don’t Test the Framework

When we write tests to our data access code, should we test every method of its public API? It sounds natural at first. After all, if we don’t test everything, how can we know that ...
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Converting XML to CSV using XSLT 1.0

This post shows you how to convert a simple XML file to CSV using XSLT. Consider the following sample XML:                 <library> ...
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JavaFX Tip 11: Updating Read-Only Properties

Custom controls often feature “read-only” properties. This means that they can not be set from outside the control, not even from their own skin class. It is often the behaviour ...
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JavaFX Tip 10: Custom Composite Controls

Writing custom controls in JavaFX is a simple and straight forward process. A control class is needed for controlling the state of the control (hence the name). A skin class is needed ...
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Testing Love and Polyamorous TDD

The rigor and quality of testing in the current software development world leaves a lot to be desired. Additionally, it feels like we are living in the dark ages with mysterious edicts ...
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RabbitMQ in Multiple AWS Availability Zones

When working with AWS, in order to have a highly-available setup, once must have instances in more than one availability zone (AZ ≈ data center). If one AZ dies (which may happen), ...
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Setting up development environment for GWT

Introduction This is part of series intended to develop cross platform mobile applications in Java. In this blog post we will see what GWT is and set up the development environment ...
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JavaFX Tip 9: Do Not Mix Swing / JavaFX

The JavaFX team has tried very hard to convince us that migrating from Swing to JavaFX is easy because of the option to embed Swing content in a JavaFX UI and vice versa. I must admit ...
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Trust instead of Threats

According to Dr. Gary McGraw’s ground breaking work on software security, up to half of security mistakes are made in design rather than in coding. So it’s critical to prevent – ...
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Test Attribute #3 – Speed

This is the 3rd post on test attributes that were described in the now more famous “How to test your tests” post. There’s a story I like to tell about my first TDD experience. ...
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