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How to Start a Software Project as Fast as Possible


We started a new project last week, and I started to wonder what are the most important things to do if we want to get a project started as fast as possible (without messing it up). I figured out three things which have helped me to concentrate on the right things during the early phases of a software project. These ...

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Modeling Business Transactions – 1 (For SaaS Pricing)


In the blog “Transforming a server application to cloud application“, I have talked about the changes required in business functions to transform an application to a cloud application. In this series I want to bring out the changes required in architecture to implement these use cases. Need for Re-architecting for pricing Starting with the pricing use cases,  pricing can be ...

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Learning about bitmaps


A few weeks ago Alistair and I were working on the code used to model the labels that a node has attached to it in a Neo4j database. The way this works is that chunks of 32 nodes ids are represented as a 32 bit bitmap for each label where a 1 for a bit means that a node has ...

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Why stick to JavaScript


Since JavaScript seems to conquer the world, all technologies associated to it, like Node.js have started to rise up too. All intermediate languages, including TypeScript, CoffeeScript, ClojureScript, and Google’s Dart have set as goals to make it easier to write applications in JavaScript. A few important reasons of why to prefer JavaScript are presented below, as introduced by Here to ...

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A beginner’s guide to MongoDB performance turbocharging


Introduction This is the second part of our MongoDB time series tutorial, and this post will be dedicated to performance tuning. In my previous post, I introduced you into our virtual project requirements. In short we have 50M time events, spanning from the 1st of January 2012 to the 1st of January 2013, with the following structure:       ...

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MongoDB time series: Introducing the aggregation framework


In my previous posts I talked about batch importing and the out-of-the-box MongoDB performance. Meanwhile, MongoDB was awarded DBMS of the year, so I therefore decided to offer a more thorough analyze of its real-life usage. Because theory is better understood in a pragmatic context, I will first present you our virtual project requirements. Introduction     Our virtual project ...

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WTF is an architect anyway?


In full disclosure, I’m writing this as a “Chief” Architect (I can’t help but picture a big headdress), and I’ve spent the majority of my career as an “architect” (note the air quotes).  And honestly, I’ve always sought out opportunities that came with this title.  I think my fixation came largely from the deification of term in the Matrix movies. ...

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Do You Value Management?


I’ve met many managers who were in the wrong position. Sometimes, it was the Peter Principle. Sometimes, it’s managers who have been founders or who have been technically great and got promoted into management positions. Because they are so intelligent, and because they do not read about management, they don’t know or don’t care about management. That leads them to ...

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Differentiating Ant Target-Based Gradle Tasks


In my blog post Evolving Gradle Build from Ant Build: Importing Ant Build File, I demonstrated using Gradle‘s built-in AntBuilder-based Ant support to import Ant targets in a Gradle build. These Ant targets can then be accessed as Gradle tasks and appear the same as tasks introduced directly by the Gradle build. In this post, I look at using Groovy ...

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