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Discovering the Computer Science Behind Postgres Indexes

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This is the last in a series of Postgres posts that Pat Shaughnessy wrote based on his presentation at the Barcelona Ruby Conference. You can also watch the video recording of the presentation. The series was originally published on his personal blog, and we are republishing it on Codeship with his kind permission. You can also read posts one, two, ...

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Writing a download server. Part I: Always stream, never keep fully in memory

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Downloading various files (either text or binary) is a bread and butter of every enterprise application. PDF documents, attachments, media, executables, CSV, very large files, etc. Almost every application, sooner or later, will have to provide some form of download. Downloading is implemented in terms of HTTP, so it’s important to fully embrace this protocol and take full advantage of ...

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5 Great Snacks For the Coder’s Brain

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You’re coding and you’ve been in the flow for a few hours. Everything is going just fine, but then hunger strikes suddenly. Since you don’t have anything on hand, you go to the cafeteria or to a nearby café to grab a muffin or a pastry full of sugar. When you sit down to resume coding while eating your snack, ...

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Integrating Active Directory from Java

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Firstly you will need to setup Active Directory so that you can run and test your code. If (like me) you don’t have a machine with Windows Server no worries, this is how you can set up Active Directory even on Mac OSX. The first thing you want to do is set up a user a in AD.  Make sure ...

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Problems with Cobertura and Sonar 5.1

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Recently, I was having some bother trying to use Sonar 5.1 with my Grails 2.4.4 project. I was using the usual Groovy stuff:Gmetrics, Codenarc and Cobertura. For the Sonar database I was using Postgres 9.4. The logfile for the Sonar runner just gave me this: build 22-Jun-2015 07:44:30 INFO: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ build 22-Jun-2015 07:44:30 INFO: EXECUTION FAILURE build 22-Jun-2015 07:44:30 INFO: ...

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How to Debug Your Maven Build with Eclipse

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When running a Maven build with many plugins (e.g. the jOOQ or Flyway plugins), you may want to have a closer look under the hood to see what’s going on internally in those plugins, or in your extensions of those plugins. This may not appear obvious when you’re running Maven from the command line, e.g. via: C:\Users\jOOQ\workspace>mvn clean install Luckily, ...

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Structural simplicity

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You’ve all seen Rich Hickey’s excellent Simple-made-easy presentation, in which Mr Hickey trawls the dictionary to remind us that, “Simple,” doesn’t mean ease-of-use or intellectually un-challenging but, “Not complex or compound.” The opposite of simple is not, “Hard,” but, “Composition.” If a piece of software is simple then it is not composed of other pieces of software. We all know, ...

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Following a Select Statement Through Postgres Internals

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This is the third in a series of Postgres posts that Pat Shaughnessy wrote based on his presentation at the Barcelona Ruby Conference. You can also watch the video recording of the presentation. The series was originally published on his personal blog, and we are republishing it on Codeship with his kind permission. You can also read posts one and ...

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Setting up your own VPC with AWS

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When you are using AWS resources like EC2 instances they will be assigned to a default VPC. However, by using AWS it is quite easy to setup your own VPC. In this post I describe how to setup a basic configuration. This is a setup in which we have a public subnet for our servers that have to be accessible ...

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Resilient Distributed Datasets (RDDs)

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In this post I’ll mention RDD paper, Resilient Distributed Datasets: A Fault-Tolerant Abstraction for In-Memory Cluster Computing. If you didn’t check my post about Spark, I strongly advice you to read it from here: Spark: Cluster Computing with Working Sets. RDD Abstraction RDDs is a distributed memory abstraction which leverages applications performance due to it is suitable for iterative algorithms and interactive ...

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