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Serializing Java Objects with Non-Serializable Attributes

There are multiple reasons one might want to use custom serialization instead of relying on Java’s default serialization. One of the most common reasons is for performance improvements, ...
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Introduction to Gamification

You have probably heard about gamification before. It’s one of the hot topics. You see them in Stackoverflow and use it in foursquare. I’ve signed up for the Gamification course ...
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Three Reasons Why I Like the Builder Pattern

There are three ways to create new objects in Java programming language:The telescoping constructor (anti)pattern The Javabeans pattern The builder patternI prefer the builder pattern ...
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5 most awesome desktop environments for Ubuntu

Are you using Ubuntu and bored of using Unity desktop all the time? Then, you should check out other options available that can replace unity for you. I have collected 10 desktop environments ...
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Testing for expected exceptions in JUnit

Unit tests are used to verify that a piece of code operates as the developer expects it to. Sometimes, that means checking that the code throws expected exceptions too. JUnit is the ...
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Java 8 Friday Goodies: Lambdas and SQL

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. We have blogged ...
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Cost of Delay Due to Multitasking, Part 2

In Cost of Delay: Not Shipping on Time, Part 1, I introduced you to the notion of cost of delay. I said you could reduce the cost of delay by managing your projects: have shorter projects, ...
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My advice to (junior) developers about their career

The last couple of months I have met several young developers that either looking for the first job or are still trying to get their bachelor degree. Many of them asked me to give them ...
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Grails Goodness: Customize Root Element Name Collections for XML Marshalling

When we convert a List or Set to XML using the Grails XML marshalling support the name of the root element is either <list> or <set>. We can change this name by extending ...
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Don’t Make Me Read Your Resume (How to Apply to Jobs)

I will read your résumé unless it’s 10 pages, but (just as you didn’t want to write your résumé) I really don’t want to read your résumé. To put it another way, I don’t ...
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