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Performance tuning – measure don’t guess

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In my performance tuning career I have given the advice to measure and not guess more often than I can recall. And in many cases the target of this advice has given up after looking at the monolithic 500,000 LOC legacy application they are working. In the post we are about to share some simple tools and concepts how to ...

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The infamous sun.misc.Unsafe explained

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The biggest competitor to the Java virtual machine might be Microsoft’s CLR that hosts languages such as C#. The CLR allows to write unsafe code as an entry gate for low level programming, something that is hard to achieve on the JVM. If you need such advanced functionality in Java, you might be forced to use the JNI which requires ...

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MongoDB Facts: Lightning speed aggregation

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In my previous post, I demonstrated how fast you can insert 50 millions time-event entries with MongoDB. This time we will make use of all that data to fuel our aggregation tests. This is how one time-event entry looks like:             { "_id" : ObjectId("529a2a988cccdb538932d31f"), "created_on" : ISODate("2012-05-02T06:08:47.835Z"), "value" : 0.9270193106494844 } Beside the default ...

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Counting Distinct Records in SQL

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The SQL language and its depths… Some of you readers might be aware of MySQL’s capability of counting distinct records through the COUNT() aggregate function. The MySQL documentation reads: COUNT(DISTINCT expr,[expr...]) Returns a count of the number of rows with different non-NULL expr values. In other words, you can count distinct first and last names very easily: SELECT COUNT(DISTINCT FIRST_NAME, LAST_NAME) FROM CUSTOMERS ...

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Transforming a server application to cloud application

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On-premise products are architected and designed for server operating environment i.e., they are web-based applications. SaaS, on the other hand is a cloud application (an application exposed as a service in a cloud operating environment) i.e., they are web applications. The major differences between the two operating environments are in: Pricing: There are inherent differences between the way products and ...

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The golden (broken) management approach

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Golden and broken doesn’t certainly sound great concerning anything, but the management approach I going to write about should definitely ring some bell to your attention as a matter of real working scenario in organizations and teams. The golden part is about how it should be according to latest neuroscience discoveries applied to leadership and people management (and to common ...

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Skinning in Java8 (JavaFX8)

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There has been some changes in JavaFX8 regarding skinning, the most relevants of which are the new CSS API that allows you to create new CSS properties and pseudo-classes for your controls and the Skin class which has become public. Using CSS you can change a lot of the appearance of a control, but there is only so much you ...

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Subtyping in Java generics

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Generic types introduce a new spectrum of type safety to Java program. At the same type, generic types can be quite expressive, especially when using wildcards. In this article, I want to explain how subtyping works with Java generics. General thoughts on generic type subtyping Different generic types of the same class or interface do not define a subtype hierarchy linear ...

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RMI enforcing Full GC to run hourly

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During all the troubleshooting exercises I have carried out in my career, I have picked up a feeling that the bugs I am after are evolving and becoming meaner and uglier over time. Or maybe it is just my age kicking in. This particular Heisenbug – lookalike this post is about has again kept me awake for more than I ...

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Attitudes of a Great Software Tester

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In my previous post, I explained in my own words the “Attitude of a Great Software Developer“.  This post will focus on the testers.  Developers and Testers are two great personalities that work literally in the opposite direction but towards a common goal of producing good quality software.  One deals with the making aspect of the software and other with ...

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