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Hardware Transactional Memory in Java, or why synchronized will be cool again

Overview Hardware Transaction Memory has the potential to allow multiple threads to speculatively access the same data structure at the same time and let the cache coherence protocol ...
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Java: Work out the serialVersionUID of a class

Earlier in the week I wanted to work out the serialVersionUID of a serializable class so that I could override its toString method without breaking everything. I came across Frank Kim’s ...
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Java: Exception translation with AspectJ

Within this blog post I describe how you can use AspectJ to automatically translate one type of exception to another. The problem Sometimes we are in situations where we have to convert ...
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Hibernate Facts: How to “assert” the SQL statement count

Introduction Hibernate simplifies CRUD operations, especially when dealing with entity graphs. But any abstraction has its price and Hibernate is no different. I’ve already talked ...
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Looking for your aaS? (IaaS vs. PaaS vs. SaaS vs. BaaS)

Our API is getting a lot of traction these days.  We enable our customers to perform lookups against our masterfile via a REST API.  Recently, we’ve also started exposing our ...
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The Single Responsibility Principle

Introduction In this post I would like to cover the Single Responsibility Principle (SRP). I think that this is the basis of any clean and well designed system. What is SRP? The term ...
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If Managers Don’t Give Performance Reviews, What Happens?

There’s a great comment to my recent Management Myth: Performance Reviews Are Useful. The writer has these questions, which I have paraphrased: 1. How do bonuses work? Here’s the ...
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The power of PROC file system in Linux

The Linux kernel has two primary functions: to control access to physical devices on the computer and to schedule when and how processes interact with these devices. The /proc/ directory ...
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More Units with MoreUnit

Just over a year ago I wrote a post about working with JUnit in Eclipse. One of the commenters recommended MoreUnit in order to increase testing efficiency even more. Giving it a try ...
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WildFly 8 vs. GlassFish 4 – Which Application Server to Choose

It’s been a while since my last blog. I’ve obviously been busy with different things including my main job. After some more questions regarding the right choice for application ...
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