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Too Many Parameters in Java Methods, Part 1: Custom Types

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I consider lengthy parameters lists in constructors and methods to be another “red flag” in Java development that may not necessarily be “wrong” in terms of logic and functionality, but often hint at the high possibility of current or future errors. In a small series of posts, I look at some of the approaches that can be used to reduce ...

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Don’t let Somebody Else’s Technical Debt take you Under

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There’s a lot written about technical debt: what technical debt is and the different kinds of technical debt, how to avoid taking on debt unnecessarily when designing and coding and changing code, how much technical debt is costing your organization, and why and how and how much and when to pay these debts off. But all of this ignores massive ...

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How to Network Less For Geeks

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The fundamental importance of professional networking for today’s career-minded tech pro has been pounded into our heads for many years now.  ”It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” gets spouted by everyone who gets denied a job or interview, and there is certainly some truth in the saying.  The mere thought of hobnobbing and mingling with other technologists ...

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Creativity and our life as employees

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I answered the following question on Quora: Creativity: Do creative people get bored at work more easily than non-creative people? Or do they just need a job that makes use of that creativity? Fast Company published the article 10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People . It is based on the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, professor of Management and Psychology at ...

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Stacks and Queues in Java

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I have been working on some Java code recently that required both a stack and a queue. The choices to use aren’t immediately obvious. There is a Queue interface, but no clear concrete implementation to use. There is also a Stack class, but the javadocs point out that other classes “should be used in preference to this class”. So, what ...

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The Significance of HTML5

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HTML5 is important for three reasons. And its importance starts with the end of browser plugins. That’s right. With HTML5, rich media aspects that were formally handled by plugins (think Flash), are now built-in. That’s why there are new media tags like <audio> and <video>. Think about it for a second – when’s the last time you visited a site ...

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Android Augmented Reality

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Introduction “Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.” – Wikipedia Basically, Augmented Reality provides extra information over real-world object or place. For example, watch this video Augmented Reality is a combination of two technologies: Computer ...

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Coarse-grained benchmarking

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While developing our software, we are all about metrics – even to the fact where I am pretty sure at least 10% of our posts contain a phrase “measure don’t guess”. One of those metrics we keep a close watch for is performance. Or to be more precise – the amount of extra CPU cycles we burn or the extra ...

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#NoProjects – why projects don’t make sense

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In the last few months Steve Smith, myself and others have been Tweeting a lot with the hash tag #NoProjects. We have independently come to believe Projects are a smell, they are bad for our industry (the technology industry). Steve set out his thinking and now it is my turn. Right now this is little more than a bullet point ...

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The 10 Most Popular DB Engines (SQL and NoSQL)

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How to objectively measure the popularity of a DB engine? Good question! And there’s an Austrian company (Solid IT) who claims to have the answer. The company focuses on “Big Data und NoSQL”, but this focus does not seem to have biased the result of the measurement. Among the top 10 database engines, there is only MongoDB, which is not ...

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