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Agile Myth #1: “Agile is a Methodology”

First of all, if you look up the word “methodology” in the dictionary, it says, “study of methods”. When people in the technical or research fields say “methodology”, ...
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Through The Looking Glass Architecture Antipattern

An anti-pattern is a commonly recurring software design pattern that is ineffective or counterproductive. One architectural anti-pattern I’ve seen a number of times is something ...
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Java’s Volatile Modifier

A while ago I wrote a Java servlet Filter that loads configuration in its init function (based on a parameter from web.xml). The filter’s configuration is cached in a private ...
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Test Attribute #2: Readability

This is the 2nd post on test attributes that were described in the now famous “How to test your tests” post. We often forget the most of the value we get from tests come after ...
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The Life(Cycles) of UX/UI Development

It recently occurred to me that not one of the dozens and dozens of user interfaces I’ve worked on over the years, had the same methodology/lifecycle.  Many of those were results ...
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What we forget about the Scientific Method

I get fed up hearing other Agile evangelists champion The Scientific Method, I don’t disagree with them, I use it myself but I think they are sometimes guilty of overlooking how the ...
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An alternative approach of writing JUnit tests (the Jasmine way)

Recently I wrote a lot of Jasmine tests for a small personal project. It took me some time until I finally got the feeling of getting the tests right. After this, I always have a hard ...
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How to get JSON response from JSF?

Many JavaScript widgets expect data and options in JSON format. Nowadays, it is really easy to choose a cool widget and wrap it in a composite component. But the first question is how ...
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Java Debuggers and Timeouts

How to use your debugger in the presence of timeouts in your code. My kingdom for a debugger! So you’ve been coding away merrily on a project and everything is going well until ...
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JavaFX Tip 8: Beauty Is Skin Deep

If you are developing a UI framework for JavaFX, then please make it a habit to always split your custom controls into a control class and a skin class. Coming from Swing myself this ...
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