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Creating contract-first web services with Spring WS

1 Introduction This article explains how to implement and test a SOAP web service using the Spring Web Services project. This example uses JAXB2 for (un)marshalling. To develop the service, I’ll use the contract-first approach, ...
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Building Your Personal Programmer Brand

Just because you’re a software developer doesn’t mean that you don’t have to worry about branding. In fact, if you really want to boost your career, you’ll actively manage it by creating your own personal brand. In this po ...
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Java 8: Compiling Lambda Expressions in The New Nashorn JS Engine

In a recent post I took a look at how Java 8 and Scala implemented Lambda expressions. As we know Java 8 is not only introducing improvements to the javac compiler, It’s also introducing a new one altogether – Nashorn. This ne ...
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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, but another reason for writing custom ...
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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 at coursera, by Kevin Werbach from the unive ...
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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 over the other two methods. Why? Joshua Bl ...
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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 that are superbly awesome and you sure ...
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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 standard for unit testing in Java and provides s ...
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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 a couple of times about some nice Java 8 goodi ...
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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, using release criteria, or selecting a li ...
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