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Tips To Overcome Ageism In Hiring As a Software Professional

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As a recruiter who is about to celebrate (as if recruiters celebrate such a thing) mark fifteen years in the technology industry, I am starting to see that many of the contacts I made back in the late 90?s are now having some concerns about ageism during a job search. Any failed interview for older software professionals may cause a ...

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MongoDB Authentication

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I recently updated mongometer to make it a bit more flexible. Shortly after releasing the new version, one of the users fed back an issue via a comment on the post. I booted up my machine, opened up my IDE, found the issue and had pushed the fix out to github within half-an-hour. This isn’t a quick turn-around, success story ...

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Synchronising Multithreaded Integration Tests

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Testing threads is hard, very hard and this makes writing good integration tests for multithreaded systems under test… hard. This is because in JUnit there’s no built in synchronisation between the test code, the object under test and any threads. This means that problems usually arise when you have to write a test for a method that creates and runs ...

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Java, if this were a better world

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Just a little dreaming about a better world, where some old blunders in the Java platform would’ve been corrected and some awesome missing features would’ve been implemented. Don’t get me wrong. I think Java is awesome. But it still has some issues, like any other platform. Without any particular order, without claiming to be anything near exhaustive, and most importantly, ...

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Notes on Continuous Delivery

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Overview In the rapid changing software world of today, companies and individuals have come up with many methods in order to minimize the time to market gap, i.e the time it takes for your idea to materialize in production. Specially in the very competitive world of mobile and web applications. The success of many companies and individuals have a temporal ...

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Hardware Acceleration in Android – Are You Using It?

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Did you know Android has Hardware Acceleration? Did you also know you actually need to enable it for your app first? Suprisingly you do! It’s not defaulted to on. Here’s another little gem in Android that could have a major impact on your application. If you allow your app to run on Android versions above 3.0, you should probably enable ...

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“Why You No Train?”

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It is a simple question. So why don’t you get more training? Do you feel that you operate already effectively? Is there no more stuff to learn? Do you think that you are already “good”? Sometimes,  just when we are walking about and we feel everything is going smoothly, then the bottom drops out of the bucket, our world suddenly ...

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Using Google Guava’s Ordering API

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We’ve been playing a bit more with Google’s Guava library – what a great library! The most recent thing we used it for was to sort out the comparators for our domain objects. Here’s how. Using Apache Isis‘ JDO Objectstore, it’s good practice to make your classes implement java.lang.Comparable, and use SortedSet for the collections. You can see this in ...

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Java 8: From PermGen to Metaspace

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As you may be aware, the JDK 8 Early Access is now available for download. This allows Java developers to experiment with some of the new language and runtime features of Java 8. One of these features is the complete removal of the Permanent Generation (PermGen) space which has been announced by Oracle since the release of JDK 7. Interned ...

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