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Displaying Paths in Ant

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In the blog posts Java and Ant Properties Refresher and Ant <echoproperties /> Task, I wrote about how being able to see how properties are seen by an Ant build can be helpful in understanding that build better. It is often the case that it’d also be valuable to see various paths used in the build as the build sees ...

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NFC Android: Read NDEF Tag

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In this post we want to describe how to read NFC tag. Android SDK provides a set of API that can be used to read the NFC payload, anyway if we look at the NFC spec we can notice there are several type of payload depending on the type of the tag. Android SDK doesn’t provide any support to parse ...

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There will be failures – On systems that live through difficulties instead of turning them into a catastrophy

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Our systems always depend on other systems and services and thus may and will be subject to failures – network glitches, dropped connections, load spikes, deadlocks, slow or crashed subsystems. We will explore how to create robust systems that can sustain blows from its users, interconnecting networks, and supposedly allied systems yet carry on as well as possible, recovering quickly ...

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JPA Database Schema Generation

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For some time now, most of the main implementations of JPA, like Hibernate, EclipseLink or OpenJPA, offered ways to generate database schema objects. These include generation of tables, primary keys, foreign keys, indexes and other objects. Unfortunately, these are not standard between the implementations, when dealing with multiple environments. Only in the latest JPA 2.1 specification, the Schema Generation standardization ...

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Using jstat to report custom JVM metric sets

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I’ve always been missing possibility to configure custom headers in JStat. Of course there are a lot of predefined data sets, but it’ll be nicer if we could create our own data set. And as you probably already devised I’m writing this post because such functionality is of course available :) Unfortunately I haven’t found it in any documentation so ...

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How to batch INSERT and UPDATE statements with Hibernate

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Introduction JDBC has long been offering support for DML statement batching. By default, all statements are sent one after the other, each one in a separate network round-trip. Batching allows us to send multiple statements in one-shot, saving unnecessary socket stream flushing. Hibernate hides the database statements behind a transactional write-behind abstraction layer. An intermediate layer allows us to hide ...

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Async Goes Mainstream: 7 Reactive Programming Tools You MUST Know

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What are some of the most interesting tools to help you go Reactive? If everything in life goes async, awkward silences will go extinct. The closest solution we had until recent times was texting. Unfortunately our texting apps are turning the experience more and more synchronous with “last seen”, “typing…” and “read” certificates, so awkward silences now have a matching ...

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Spring Boot & Swagger UI

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I have not developed Spring web applications from scratch for one year and maybe this period of time will be even longer if I was not involved in training for QA automation engineers. Due to this reason I have developed a sample REST-applications. Everything were pretty familiar to me except Swagger. So I’m going to describe my new acquired experience ...

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Working with Amazon S3 – Part I

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Introduction In this multi-part series, I am going to run you through Amazon S3 Service. In first part, you will see the basics of Amazon S3 Service and why one should use it. Later, we will walk through S3 Web Management Console, which is a website interface for S3. Next parts of this article will go through, accessing S3 programmatically ...

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