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Grails Goodness: Namespace Support for Controllers

In a Grails application we can organize our controllers into packages, but if we use the same name for multiple controllers, placed in different packages, then Grails cannot resolve the correct controller name. Grails ignores the ...
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Android Volley dynamic ListView: AsyncTask comparison

In this post, I will describe first how to use Volley to populate dynamically a ListView, and then compare it against AsycnTask. In this post, we will invoke a remote service to get contact information in JSON format, and we popul ...
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Revisiting Certifications

The job market is currently in a lull so I’ve been talking to a few new recruiters and gotten a better sense of what certifications mean today. Your mileage may vary, of course, since this will also depend on the actual position ...
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Using JSF 2.2 features to develop ajax, scrollable, lazy-loading data table

This time around, I thought I’ll share with you what I recently learnt of JSF 2.2 features. To do that, I decided to create a simple ajax, scrollable, lazy-loading data table. Note that in NO WAY this is comparable to major libr ...
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Six things I learned for software localization

This blog post is a personal compilation of six technology independent things I learned in the past months about software localization. A few weeks ago we finally went live with our application supporting 22 different languages. A ...
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3 ways of handling exceptions in JUnit. Which one to choose?

In JUnit there are 3 popular ways of handling exceptions in your test code:try-catch idiom With JUnit rule With annotationWhich one should we use and when?try-catch idiom This idiom is one of the most popular one, because it ...
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Surfacing Hidden Design: Seeking A Better Alternative To Interrelated Mutable Fields

What is better, a bunch of mutable boolean fields and methods operating on them, or an explicit expression of the individual states and transitions between them? Lets study an example from a simulation of the progression of a mult ...
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Save-and-Refresh With Java Web Projects

How do you configure your machine in order to have save-and-refresh for Java web projects? When you ask this question to developers, the answer starts with “oh, well…”, and continues with a description of something that sort ...
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Configuring MySQL for ADF development

Hi all. Today I’m going to show you how to configure MySQL database for Oracle ADF development. IMHO when you are using ADF with other databases rather than Oracle DB you won’t be able to use the full power of Oracle A ...
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Applying the 80:20 Rule in Software Development

Managers don’t want to think harder than they have to. They like simple rules of thumb, quick and straightforward ways of looking at problems and getting pointed in the right direction. The simpler, the better. One of the most u ...
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