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Checking out what is new with Servlet 3.0

With the JEE6 specification hitting the market, some major changes have taken place with respect to how you would approach developing applications in the enterprise application world. ...
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Functional Java collections

There is a lot of functional hype these days so I would give a short overview on what is out there at least when it comes to collections in Java. Personally I like standard collections ...
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Getting started with Quartz Scheduler on MySQL database

Here are some simple steps to get you fully started with Quartz Scheduler on MySQL database using Groovy. The script below will allow you to quickly experiment different Quartz configuration ...
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Why can’t I turn off the Garbage Collector?

Let’s start with a quick rewind to the early days of my career as a Java developer. I wanted to eliminate Garbage Collection (GC) pauses from a test that I was conducting. Lo and ...
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What Is Challenging For Developers?

In a previous post of mine I asked the question: do programmers get bored? And yes, sometimes they do, especially if there are no challenges. The usual software project out there is ...
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Making the right decisions when optimizing code

You have an optimization task at hand. Which is great – you finally have the possibility to do something interesting instead of implementing yet another invoice processing screen. The ...
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Tips for Writing Maven Plugins

I’ve spent a lot of time recently writing or working on plugins for Maven recently. They’re simple, rewarding and fun to write. I thought I’d share a couple of tips ...
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Groovy JDK (GDK): Date and Calendar

I have looked at some highly useful methods available in Groovy GDK‘s extensions to the Java JDK in blog posts such as Groovy JDK (GDK): File.deleteDir(), Groovy JDK (GDK): Text ...
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Should you trust the default settings in JVM?

JVMs are considered smart nowadays. Not much configuration is expected – just set the maximum heap to use in the startup scripts and you should be good to go. All other default settings ...
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Yammer Metrics, A new way to monitor your application

When you are running long term applications like web applications, it is good to know some statistics about them, like number of requests served, request durations, or the number active ...
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