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You Won’t Believe What These Five Lenses Can Show You About Your Product

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Fundamentally, product management requires you to assess, synthesize, and prioritize the needs which drive the creation of your product in the context of three main objectives: desirability, viability, and feasibility.  While laudable, these objectives are too abstract to be actionable.  That’s where the five lenses come in (I could not resist the Buzzfeed-styled title). The Product Strategy Grid Steven Haines wrote The ...

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Distribute your applications with Docker Images

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Since I started this blog, I had the need to develop a couple of sample applications to showcase some of the topics I have been covering. Usually, some kind of Java EE application that needs to be deployed in a Java EE container. Even by providing instructions on how to setup the environment, it can be tricky for a newcomer. ...

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Cheating with Exceptions – Java 8 Lambdas

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Cheating with Exceptions – Java 8 Lambdas Leaving aside the religious debate about Checked vs Runtime exceptions, there are times where due to poorly constructed libraries, dealing with checked examples can drive you insane. Consider this snippet of code which you might want to write: public void createTempFileForKey(String key) { Map<String, File> tempFiles = new ConcurrentHashMap<>(); //does not compile because ...

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Validating Class/Package Dependencies with Classycle

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Classycle is a very nice analyzer and dependency checker for class and package dependencies. It lets you define package groups (components, layers) and express unwanted dependencies such as cycles, or dependencies between particular packages. For example you can specify that you want no package cycles and no dependencies from com.foo.domain.* on com.foo.api.*. All using a very human-friendly, concise format. Then ...

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The Precious Feature Design Meetings

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As we know, meetings is where work goes to die. Discussion about the point of meetings aside, there is one type of meetings that I love. It has many names, depending on who you ask – design review, design overview, feature design. And I see it as the most important meeting in software engineering. What is it? Let’s start with ...

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BDD is – BDD is not

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“I’m the smartest man in Athens because I know that I know nothing.” —Socrates 470-399 BC What BDD is (for me) 1. Conversations BDD is about conversations The conversations help us understand what we are trying to build and identify the behaviours of our application The conversations help us share the knowledge about what we are building Through the conversations we deliberately discover the behaviour ...

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Break Single Responsibility Principle

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Single Responsibility Principle (SRP) is not absolute. It exists to help the code maintainability and readability. But from time to time you may see solutions, patterns that break the SRP and are kind of OK. This is also true for other principles, but this time I would like to talk about SRP. Singleton breaks SRP The oldest and simplest pattern ...

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Beginner’s Guide to Hazelcast Part 7

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This is a continuation of a series explaining how to use Hazelcast.  If one has not read the other six posts, please go to the Table Of Contents and read the other posts. A Different Breed of Map Hazelcast’s MultiMap breaks the normal mold of using java.util.Collection interfaces that have been used in former posts.  In fact, the concept of ...

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Grails Goodness: Adding Health Check Indicators

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With Grails 3 we also get Spring Boot Actuator. We can use Spring Boot Actuator to add some production-ready features for monitoring and managing our Grails application. One of the features is the addition of some endpoints with information about our application. By default we already have a /health endpoint when we start a Grails (3+) application. It gives back ...

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Pitfalls of Cucumber adoption

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It seems like behavior-driven development (or BDD) and its supporting tools are gaining stronger momentum in Java world than ever. Cucumber, as one of the most popular frameworks used to support and automate BDD, seems like the go-to framework to power user acceptance tests (or UATs) without considering the implications of adoption of such a tool. Since using Cucumber was ...

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