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Friends Don’t Let Friends Use String States

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Many of my coworkers have covered exciting new technologies and frameworks to aid your programming expertise. But at this time I think it is important to reach back and cover an important programming basic. Throughout my programming career one of the most common anti-patterns I have seen is the “String State.” It has appeared in some form or another in ...

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Testing Web-based Spring Applications in 2013 (Part One)

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Testing Web-based Spring Applications in 2013 (Part One) A fellow LJCer and TDD/BDD advocate has recently started developing an application using the ever-popular Spring stack, and he asked my advice on how best to implement a Test-driven methodology within this context. I started typing an email back in response, but then it suddenly occurred to me that this might be useful for ...

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Java Just-In-Time compilation: more than just a buzzword

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A recent Java production performance problem forced me to revisit and truly appreciate the Java VM Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler. Most Java developers and support individuals have heard of this JVM run time performance optimization but how many truly understand and appreciate its benefits? This article will share with you a troubleshooting exercise I was involved with following the addition of ...

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Is Agile Really Cheaper?

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There are several ways to answer the question “is agile cheaper than waterfall?” Here are two of my favorites: “It depends. Agile done well is cheaper, as long as you measure correctly.” “You’re asking the wrong question. The right question is: is agile better?” How Agile Is NOT Cheaper The fun thing about relative terms is that you have to ...

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Design Patterns: State

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This article will be about State design pattern. It is one of behavioral design patterns. You don’t need to know many theory to understand the main concepts of the pattern. The post will be break in several parts where I will provide information about situations where the pattern need to be applied, cons and pros which it has and an ...

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Modern Web Development

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In the last few years web technology has lived through rapid growth and heavy change. We went from frames to table layouts, to column layouts, to responsive layouts. From html4 to xhtml & flash to html5. From heavy server to rich client. From rpc to soap to rest. From sql to nosql and big data. From MVC to MVP and ...

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Getting Started With Spring’s MVC Test Framework – Part 1

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Newly promoted to the main Spring framework is the Spring MVC Test Framework, which the Guys at Spring claim is a “first class JUnit support for testing client and server side Spring MVC code through a fluent API”1. In this and my next blog, I’m going to take a look at Spring’s MVC Test Framework and apply it to some ...

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Mockito – RETURNS_DEEP_STUBS for JAXB

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Sorry for not having written for some time but I was busy with writing the JBoss Drools Refcard for DZone and I am in the middle of writing a book about Mockito so I don’t have too much time left for blogging… Anyway quite recently on my current project I had an interesting situation regarding unit testing with Mockito and ...

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Proper decoding of URL parameters on the server-side in JBoss

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I spent many hours today to figure out how to force a proper decoding of encoded characters in JSF applications running on JBoss (using JBoss 7 Final). The problem occurs when you have e.g. chinese characters passed through URL. Assume you have 指事, encoded as %E6%8C%87%E4%BA%8B. Surprise, but these characters arrive you on the server-side as 指事. They are decoded ...

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