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Build GlassFish 4.0 Snapshots Yourself

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This post is about building GlassFish 4.0 snapshots release yourself and includes hacks. I found the official Instruction for FullBuild of GlassFish and then decided to build the server myself. Sometimes, you may not want to wait for the GlassFish build files to be promoted by the team. In this entry, I reference Artifactory as a private Maven repository, of ...

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Yes Small Companies Can – and Should – Build Secure Software

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‘For large software companies or major corporations such as banks or health care firms with large custom software bases, investing in software security can prove to be valuable and provide a measurable return on investment, but that’s probably not the case for smaller enterprises, said John Viega, executive vice president of products, strategy and services at SilverSky and an authority ...

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Binding to JSON & XML – Handling Collections

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One of EclipseLink JAXB (MOXy)‘s strengths is the ability to map an object model to both JSON and XML with a single set of metadata. The one weakness had been that you needed to compromise on the JSON key or XML element for collection properties. I’m happy to say that this issue has been solved in EclipseLink 2.5 (and EclipseLink ...

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Passing complex objects in URL parameters

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Imagine you would like to pass primitive data types, complex Java objects like java.util.Data, java.lang.List, generic classes, arrays and everything what you want via URL parameters in order to preset default values on any web page after the page was loaded. Common task? Yeah, but available solutions are mostly restricted to encoding / decoding of java.lang.String. The approach I will ...

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Dependency injection with Scala macros: auto-wiring

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You can look at dependency injection as a fancy name for passing parameters to a function (or constructor arguments to a constructor). However usually, DI containers do much more than that. Among other things, one very nice feature is auto-wiring: instantiating the right objects with the right arguments. Most popular frameworks (Spring, Guice, CDI/Weld) accomplish this task at runtime using ...

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Migrating from Hibernate 3 to 4 with Spring integration

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This week it was time to upgrade our code base to the latest Hibernate 4.x. We postponed our migration (still being on Hibernate 3.3) since the newer maintenance releases of the 3.x branch required some API changes which were apparently still in flux. An example is the UserType API which was still showing flaws and was going to be finalized ...

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Effective Sprint Goals

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Working with a sprint goal is a powerful agile practice. This post helps you understand what sprint goals are, why they matter, how to write and to track them. The Sprint Goal Explained A sprint goal summarises the desired outcome of an iteration. It provides a shared objective, and it states why it’s worthwhile undertaking the sprint. Sample sprint goals ...

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The Product Demo as an Agile Market Research Method

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This post helps you use your product demos as an effective agile market research tool: to collect relevant feedback in order to validate your ideas and improve your product. If you employ your demos to sign off user stories then this article will show you how to get much more out of them. In an agile approache like Scrum, the ...

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Big Data 2013 Predictions

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If you just invested a lot of money in a Big Data solution from any of the traditional BI vendors (Teradata, IBM, Oracle, SAS, EMC, HP, etc.) then you are likely to see a sub-optimal ROI in 2013. Several innovations will come in 2013 that will change the value of Big Data exponentially. Other technology innovations are just waiting for ...

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Reasons for IntelliJ IDEA

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Introduction I often get the question why I use Intellij in favor of another IDE, in this case Eclipse. Most of the time I answer that question by demonstrating some features of IntelliJ and showing how integrated everything is. This got me thinking about what are the actual reasons that I use it. This post will try to make that ...

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