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How to shoot yourself in foot with ThreadLocals

It will start nicely. Like most of the stories. You discover a new concept and are amazed by it’s powers. And then equipped with this new hammer suddenly everything starts to look ...
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Going REST: embedding Jetty with Spring and JAX-RS (Apache CXF)

For hardcore server-side Java developer the only way to ‘speak’ out to the world is by using APIs. Today’s post is all about JAX-RS: writing and exposing RESTful services ...
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Mixin in Java with Aspects – for a Scala traits sample

Scala traits allow new behaviors to be mixed into a class. Consider two traits to add auditing and version related fields to JPA entities:                   package ...
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MySql connections autodrop after a certain hours

MySql is configured to drop any connection which has been Idle for more than 8 hours. What is the implication of this? After you return to your deployed app after a gap of 8 hours (If ...
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The Lazy Developer’s Way to an Up-To-Date Libraries List

Last time I shared some tips on how to use libraries well. I now want to delve deeper into one of those: Know What Libraries You Use. Last week I set out to create such a list of embedded ...
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Brace yourselves – Spring Framework 4.0 is coming!

A few days ago SpringSource announced that the 4.0 version of the popular Spring framework is on the road. The next iteration will be Spring Framework 4.0! As SpringSource states, the ...
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Scala: call me by my name please?

In Java, when frameworks such as log4J became popular in Java architectures it was a common occurence to see code such as:                   if ...
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Frankensystems, Half-Strangled Zombies and other Monsters

There are lots of ugly things that can happen to a system over time. This is what the arguments over technical debt are all about – how to keep code from getting ugly and fragile ...
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Testing REST with multiple MIME types

1. Overview This article will focus on testing a RESTful Service with multiple Media Types/representations. This is the tenth of a series of articles about setting up a secure RESTful ...
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What If We … Like We Hire Programmers – What Questions Are Appropriate?

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