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Development “Methodologies”

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Below are several development “methodologies” that are popular and even industry-standard: Hype-Driven Development – you are either a startup, or you are given the freedom to choose whatever technology you like for your new cool-cutting-edge-distrupting-innovative-did-I-say-cool project. What technologies to use? The recently overhyped ones, of course. Let’s do it in Node.js, and you have to make it reactive, and do ...

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Jibx Jersey2 Integration

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Jersey2 provides inbuilt support for Jackson and JAXB. But Jibx is not supported by default. To use Jibx in conjunction with Jersey2, we are taking the XML input as a stream and after receiving the request, we are parsing it using Jibx. But there is actually a better way of achieving the same using MessageBodyReader and MessageBodyWriter APIs. Here is ...

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Knowing the bits

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We use complex systems. My mother once said that there could be little leprechauns behind the TV screen redrawing the screen 50 times a second she could not care. (At least she new that the TV in Europe had 50 (half) screens every second.) Most of the people do not care about the electronics and the softwar around us. The ...

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Live Templates in IntelliJ

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As described here, IntelliJ’s live templates let you easily insert predefined code fragments into your source code. I have posted some of my most used templates below, a link to my complete list of template files on GitHub (as a reference for myself when I setup new IntelliJ environments) and the steps I took to add the IntelliJ settings file ...

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Dropwizard: painless RESTful JSON HTTP web services

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Java developers looking for a quick, painless way of creating production-ready RESTful JSON HTTP web services should consider the Dropwizard framework. Dropwizard brings together well-regarded libraries that compliment each other so you can get to what’s important: writing and delivering working code. For those interested in details on the libraries used, please refer to the Dropwizard overview. Fortunately, Dropwizard doesn’t ...

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How to get rid of helper and utils classes

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There you go once again, while performing a code review or after having justified a quick coding in the name of urgency and priority: it clearly stand in front of you yet another helper class. But everything works fine and the show must go on, release after release, so that helper class soon becomes a monster class, providing tons of ...

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Driving Devops

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There is a lot of talk in the devops community about the importance of sharing principles and values, and about silo busting: breaking down the “wall of confusion” between developers and operations to create agile, cross-functional teams. Radical improvement through fundamental organizational changes and building an entirely new culture. But it doesn’t have to be that hard. All it took ...

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Groovy Goodness: Define Compilation Customizers With Builder Syntax

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Since Groovy 2.1 we can use a nice builder syntax to define customizers for a CompileConfiguration instance. We must use the static withConfig method of the class CompilerCustomizationBuilder in the package org.codehaus.groovy.control.customizers.builder. We pass a closure with the code to define and register the customizers. For all the different customizers like ImportCustomizer, SecureASTCustomizers and ASTTransformationCustomizer there is a nice compact ...

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The 7 Log Management Tools Java Developers Should Know

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Splunk vs. Sumo Logic vs. LogStash vs. GrayLog vs. Loggly vs. PaperTrails vs. Splunk>Storm Splunk, Sumo Logic, LogStash, GrayLog, Loggly, PaperTrails – did I miss someone? I’m pretty sure I did. Logs are like fossil fuels – we’ve been wanting to get rid of them for the past 20 years, but we’re not quite there yet. Well, if that’s the case ...

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Working with Google Analytics API v4 for Android

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For v4 of the Google Analytics API for Android, Google has moved the implementation into Google Play Services. As part of the move the EasyTracker class has been removed, but it still possible to get a fairly simple ‘automatic’ Tracker up and running with little effort. In this post I’ll show you how.               Assumptions: ...

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