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JAXB Is Doing It Wrong; Try Xembly


JAXB is a 10-year-old Java technology that allows us to convert a Java object into an XML document (marshalling) and back (unmarshalling). This technology is based on setters and getters and, in my opinion, violates key principles of object-oriented programming by turning objects into passive data structures. I would recommend you use Xembly instead for marshalling Java objects into XML ...

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Dangerous Words


Ludwig Wittgenstein was one the greatest philosophers of 20th century. His book Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus addresses the limits of language and its relationship with reality. A friend of mine, great polemicist, suggested me to read it some years ago to understand one of his favourites conversational deux ex machina: “I can’t prove that, because of the inherent insufficiency of the language.” ...

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Dismantling invokedynamic


Many Java developers regarded the JDK’s version seven release as somewhat a disappointment. On the surface, merely a few language and library extensions made it into the release, namely Project Coin and NIO2. But under the covers, the seventh version of the platform shipped the single biggest extension to the JVM’s type system ever introduced after its initial release. Adding ...

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ChronicleMap – Java Architecture with Off Heap Memory


My last post was written a couple of weeks ago and after some valid feedback I’d like to clarify a couple of points as a preface to this article. The main takeaway from ‘Creating millions of objects with Zero Garbage‘ should be that with Chronicle you are not ‘limited’ to using jvm allocated on-heap memory when writing a Java program. Maybe ...

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Deploying Code Fast? Here’s How to Tell If You Broke Something


Here at Takipi, we’re in the error tracking business. Each day, Takipi is used to track more than 500,000 errors across hundreds of different companies. The most critical and fragile stage for many apps is just after a new deployment – when code changes are tested for the first time under a high stress load and with full production settings. ...

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While You Were Sleeping: The Top New Java 8 Additions


What are some of the most interesting additions to Java 8 since it was launched? Java 8 recently celebrated its first birthday, with the main release coming just over a year ago now. That’s certainly worthy of a celebratory cupcake. Since the initial Java 8 version came out, six updates have been released. Some of the elements of these updates ...

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Writing Clean Tests – Trouble in Paradise


If our code has obvious faults, we are very motivated to improve it. However, at some point we decide that our code is “good enough” and move on. Typically this happens when we think that the benefits of improving our existing code are smaller than the required work. Of course, if we underestimate our return of investment, we can make ...

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Message Content Filtering with WSO2 ESB


Every integration architect or developer should be familiair with Enterprise Integration Patterns (EIP) as described by Gregor Hohpe and Bobby Woolf. One of the patterns is the ‘Content Message Filter’ (not to be confused with the Message Filter pattern). There are multiple ways to achieve this in WSO2 with different Mediator. One way is using the XSLT Mediator where you ...

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Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of simplicity in software. I can remember a time in my career when I considered a single system that does everything to be ideal; I dreamed of building monolithic applications that met every possible need my users may have, and I searched for all-encompassing frameworks that eliminated the need for any ...

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Hibernate Tutorial – The ULTIMATE Guide (PDF Download)


EDITORIAL NOTE: Hibernate ORM (Hibernate in short) is an object-relational mapping framework, facilitating the conversion of an object-oriented domain model to a traditional relational database. Hibernate solves the object-relational impedance mismatch problems by replacing direct persistence-related database accesses with high-level object handling functions. Hibernate is one of the most popular Java frameworks out there. For this reason we have provided ...

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