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Off-loading your test execution using Hudson

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One of the annoyances if you have a load of tests for a particular project is that running them can tie up your machine for a while. There are also sometimes consistency issues when running on different machines with different window managers and operating system versions. One thing we do is for every main hudson job we create a copy ...

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The 10 rules of a Zen programmer

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On a rainy morning I found myself sitting on the desk thinking about efficient working. Before I started as a freelancer I had some days were I worked lots but could look only back on a worse outcome. I started with Zen practice back in 2006. What clearly came to my mind before a good while was: the old Zenmasters ...

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Introduction To Scrum

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This post is an introduction to Scrum, one of the Agile methods to drive software application implementation. Reading this post is a prerequisite to this post. Concepts Scrum projects deliver software application features iteratively. Each iteration is called a sprint. Scrum projects have 4 stages: Planning – Definition of the vision, budget, and expectations. The first version of the product backlog should ...

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Introduction To Agile Principles

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This post is a reminder about Agile principles. It is also an introduction for those who want to learn about it. The Agile principles were initially proposed in 2001 in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development which defines 4 values and 12 principles. Several project implementations methods were already available then, but many found these inflexible, cumbersome or unadapted. Some tried ...

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Google Guava Cache

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This Post is a continuation of my series on Google Guava, this time covering Guava Cache. Guava Cache offers more flexibility and power than either a HashMap or ConcurrentHashMap, but is not as heavy as using EHCache or Memcached (or robust for that matter, as Guava Cache operates solely in memory). The Cache interface has methods you would expect to ...

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Predictability – Making Promises you can Keep

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Speed – being first to market, rapid innovation and conducting fast cheap experiments – is critically important to startups and many high tech firms. This is where Lean Startup ideas and Continuous Deployment come in. And this is why many companies are following Agile development, to design and deliver software quickly and flexibly, incorporating feedback and responding to change. But ...

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JSON-Schema generation in Jersey

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So in my previous post I talked about a proposal to allow the use of JSON-Schema in a WADL, this post looks at how to get this working with a recently build of Jersey. You are going to have to download / reference 1.16SNAPSHOT until 1.16 is released. If you are using Maven this should be quite straight forward to update ...

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Google Guava – Futures

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This post is a continuation of my series on Google Guava, this time covering Futures. The Futures class is a collection of static utility methods for working with the Future/ListenableFuture interface. A Future is a handle to an asynchronous task, either a Runnable or Callable, that was submitted to an ExecutorService. The Future interface provides methods for: getting the results ...

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Java Specification Requests in Numbers

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You all know about the Java Community Process (JCP), don’t you? The JCP is the mechanism for developing standard technical specifications for Java technology. Anyone can register for the site and participate in reviewing and providing feedback for the Java Specification Requests (JSRs), and anyone can sign up to become a JCP Member and then participate on the Expert Group of ...

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Use reCaptcha in a Spring MVC web application

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A CAPTCHA is a program that can generate and grade tests that humans can pass but computer programs ‘cannot‘. One of strategies followed are showing an image to user with distorted text, and user should write text in input area. If showed text is the same as input by user, then we can ‘assure‘ that a human is on computer. A captcha ...

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