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How and Why to Backdoor Into Jobs


When I read anecdotes from frustrated job seekers in the tech industry, they usually start out the same way. “I applied to dozens of jobs but I am not getting any response.” Sometimes the low response is warranted due to lack of qualifications or less obvious factors, but often the problem is simply that the job seeker never got access ...

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More Common Red Flags in Java Development


In the post Common Red Flags in Java Development I looked at some practices that are not necessarily wrong or incorrect in and of themselves, but can be indicative of potentially greater problems. These “red flags” are similar to the concept of “code smells” and some of the particular “red flags” I cite in this post have been called “code ...

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Hibernate Facts: Integration testing strategies


I like Integration Testing, it’s a good way to check what SQL queries Hibernate generates behind-scenes. But Integration Tests require a running database server, and this is the first choice you have to make. 1. Using a production-like local database server for Integration Testing For a production environment I always prefer using incremental DDL scripts, since I can always know ...

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JBoss Fuse 6.1 + HawtIO Part I


It’s Open Source! JBoss Fuse is an open-source ESB and is the evolution of Fuse ESB after the Red Hat acquisition of FuseSource. It’s open-source, Apache v2 Licensed, and fully supported by Red Hat. One of the best parts is, you can download it and play with it for free and the same bits supported in production or with a ...

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Native vs Mobile Web vs Hybrid applications


We have decided on developing a mobile application, but what type of application ? There has been an ongoing debate with legitimate pros and cons of developing a Native app or a mobile web app or a Hybrid app. What are the differences between these types of apps? Native apps are built using the development tools and languages (XCode and Objective ...

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Decoding Java.Lang.OutOfMemoryError: PermGen Space


One of the least understood areas by Java Developers is garbage collection. Java Developers feel JVM takes care of garbage collection and they need not worry about memory allocation, deallocation etc. But as the applications grows complex, so does the garbage collection and once it is complex, the performance do get a hit. So it will benefit the Java Developers ...

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Wiring-in-the-Large: The Missing Technology for Java Cloud Applications


Have you ever wondered why dependency injection in most Java frameworks is only for local, in-process services as opposed to distributed services? I recently came across Paul Maritz’s keynote (skip to minute 32) at the 2013 EMC World conference, which made me think about this question in the context of cloud platforms. The keynote is an excellent and well thought-out statement ...

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What Open Source is (and isn’t) and why you should use it?


Open Source software plays a big role in the Java ecosystem (just think Maven, all the libraries in Maven Central, Gradle, OpenJDK, Ant, Ivy, Eclipse, Ant and so on). There is also a periodic “oh sh*t” moment when people deride OSS and declare it unreliable, risky and other things (perhaps the most recent one being the discontinuation of GlassFish by ...

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Elasticsearch in a Box


Are you looking to get going with Elasticsearch as quickly as possible without having to worry about installing Java or Elasticsearch itself? Are you looking for a repeatable and automated mechanism for bringing up Elasticsearch instances for developmental and or testing purposes? While there’s certainly a number of Elasticsearch-as-a-platform service providers out there, there’s one other option: use Elasticsearch-in-a-box. Elasticsearch-in-a-box ...

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Create a simpe RESTful service with vert.x 2.0, RxJava and mongoDB


A new article after an hiatus of almost half a year. In this article we’ll have quick look at how you can get started with vert.x and more interestingly how you can use RxJava to make programming asynchronous systems a lot easier. We’ll cover the following subjects: Create an empty vert.x project using maven Import in IntelliJ and create a ...

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