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The Cost of Context Switching

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I have always thought that I am good at multitasking. That is why I believed that I don’t have to pay the price associated with context switching (or task switching). This week I realized that have been wrong. I am not very good at multitasking and context switching is much more expensive than I thought. The reason for my mistake ...

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Spring Boot 1.0 followed by Spring Boot 1.0.1 bug fix release

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Spring Boot 1.0 release was recently announced by the Spring Boot team, and was followed by Spring Boot 1.0.1.RELEASE, a bug fix release that also includes a few new features. Spring Boot was created 18 months ago, with a purpose to improve containerless web application architectures. The new release, that is already available in Maven Central and the repo.spring.io repository ...

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The Prototype of Future Knowledge Workers

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The following is an except from my 2008 book “Changing Software Development: Learning to be Agile”. I’ve been thinking about this suggestion a lot recently and have a blog post in the works. Hence I thought now would be a good time to share this, it also means I can reference this post in the one that comes next… and ...

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Scrum Masters: What Makes a Good One?

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Yes, that’s right. I am writing a blog post today about Scrum and Scrum Masters. No, I haven’t lost my mind. I just realized that out of everything I’ve written about Agile and Scrum, I never talked about what makes a good Scrum Master. I’ve both been a Scrum Master and I’ve worked on a team with Scrum Masters and ...

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Using Jenkins / Hudson remote API to check jobs status

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While working on my talk Writing a Hudson / Jenkins plugin (for EclipseCon NA 2014), I wanted to publish blog posts about the ideas mentioned in the talk; in this post I explain how you can interact with your CI server without using the web interface. The Jenkins / Hudson remote API can be very convenient to quickly gather jobs ...

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New Parallelism APIs in Java 8: Behind The Glitz and Glamour

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I’m a great multi-tasker. Even as I’m writing this post, I can still find room to feel awkward about a remark I made yesterday at a party that had everyone looking at me strange. Well, the good news is I’m not alone – Java 8 is also pretty good at multi-tasking. Let’s see how. One of the key new features ...

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Java 8 Friday: The Dark Side of Java 8

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At Data Geekery, we love Java. And as we’re really into jOOQ’s fluent API and query DSL, we’re absolutely thrilled about what Java 8 will bring to our ecosystem. Java 8 Friday Every Friday, we’re showing you a couple of nice new tutorial-style Java 8 features, which take advantage of lambda expressions, extension methods, and other great stuff. You’ll find ...

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How (NOT TO) measure latency

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Latency is defined as time interval between the stimulation and response and is a value which is of importance in many computer systems (financial systems, games, websites, etc). Hence we – as computer engineers – want to specify some upper bounds / worst case scenarios for the systems we build. How can we do this? The days of counting cycles ...

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Who Solves Which Problems?

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Many years ago, I was part of a task force to “standardize” project management at an organization. I suggested we gather some data to see what kinds of projects the client had. They had short projects, where it was clear what they had to do: 1-3 week projects where 2-4 people could run with the requirements and finish them. They ...

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