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Nurturing Leadership

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I had an email conversation with a colleague about when you let people fail versus when you rescue them—how you nurture leadership. The context is with people who are new to management, or new to a particular piece of work in a project. If you’re agile, I say you pair these people and be done with it. No problem. But ...

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Calculating A Co-Occurrence Matrix with Hadoop

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This post continues with our series of implementing the MapReduce algorithms found in the Data-Intensive Text Processing with MapReduce book. This time we will be creating a word co-occurrence matrix from a corpus of text. Previous posts in this series are: Working Through Data-Intensive Text Processing with MapReduce Working Through Data-Intensive Text Processing with MapReduce – Local Aggregation Part II ...

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When using direct memory can be faster

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Overview Using direct memory is no guarantee of improving performance.  Given it adds complexity, it should be avoided unless you have a compelling reason to use it. This excellent article by Sergio Oliveira Jr shows its not simply a matter of using direct memory to improve performance Which one is faster: Java heap or native memory? Where direct memory and memory mapped files ...

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When Premature Optimization Isn’t

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Earlier this month, I decided I wanted to write a post on not all optimization being premature optimization after hearing more than one developer use this mantra as an excuse for not making a better decision in the same week. Bozhidar Bozhanov beat me to it with his post Not All Optimization Is Premature, which makes some excellent but different ...

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Forcing Tomcat to log through SLF4J/Logback

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So you have your executable web application in JAR with bundled Tomcat (make sure to read that one first). However there are these annoying Tomcat logs at the beginning, independent from our application logs and not customizable:                 Nov 24, 2012 11:44:02 PM org.apache.coyote.AbstractProtocol init INFO: Initializing ProtocolHandler ["http-bio-8080"] Nov 24, 2012 11:44:02 ...

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Event streaming with MongoDB

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MongoDB is a really great “NoSQL” database, with a very wide range of applications. In one project that we are developing at SoftwareMill, we used it as a replicated event storage, from which we stream the events to other components. Introduction The basic idea is pretty simple (see also Martin Fowler’s article on Event Sourcing). Our system generates a series ...

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Not All Optimization Is Premature

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The other day the reddit community discarded my advice for switching from text-based to binary serialization formats. It was labeled “premature optimization”. I’ll zoom out of the particular case, and discuss why not all optimization is premature. Everyone has heard of Donald Knuth’s phrase “[..] premature optimization is the root of all evil”. And as with every well-known phrase, this ...

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How many Java developers are there in the world?

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Oracle says it’s 9,000,000. Wikipedia claims it’s 10,000,000. And the guys from NumberOf.net seem to be the most precise – they know that there are exactly 9,007,346 Java developers out there. Nice numbers. I have used those articles as reference points while speaking about the potential market size for our memory leak detection tool. But something in these numbers has ...

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Interview Prep For Geeks

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Failing an interview due to a lack of qualifications is forgivable, but it is tragic when highly qualified candidates do not get an offer due to being unprepared. With the amount of information freely available today, the time and effort required to prepare for an interview is extremely low and a relatively small investment to make in your career. Typically ...

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Why Scrum Won

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In the 1990s and early 2000s a number of different lightweight ‘agile’ development methods sprung up. Today a few shops use Extreme Programming, including most notably ThoughtWorks and Industrial Logic. But if you ask around, especially in enterprise shops, almost everybody who is “doing Agile” today is following Scrum or something based on Scrum. What happened? Why did Scrum win ...

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