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Writing Tests for Data Access Code – Green Build Is Not Good Enough

The first thing that we have to do before we can start writing integration tests for our data access code is to decide how we will configure our test cases. We have two options: the ...
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The 4 Levels of Freedom For Software Developers

For quite some time now I’ve been putting together, in my mind, what I think are the four distinct levels that software developers can go through in trying to gain their “freedom.” For ...
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Creating Your Own Java Annotations

If you’ve been programming in Java and using any one of the popular frameworks like Spring and Hibernate, you should be very familiar with using annotations. When working with an ...
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Converting JSON to XML to Java Objects using XStream

XStream library can be an effective tool for converting JSON to Java to XML translations to and fro. Lets explore each one of them one by one, and see which driver is used. Handling ...
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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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