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Token Authentication for Java Applications

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Building Identity Management, including authentication and authorization? Try Stormpath! Our REST API and robust Java SDK support can eliminate your security risk and can be implemented in minutes. Sign up, and never build auth again! Update 5/12/2016: Building a Java application? JJWT is a Java library providing end-to-end JWT creation and verification, developed by our very own Les Hazlewood. Forever ...

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iOS 10: New Operating System, New You!

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iOS 10. It’s almost here. Are you ready for it? We’re guessing you’re not quite ready, but you know you need to be. You have to stay up-to-date on operating systems to keep your best clients and get new ones, but it can be hard to keep track of the changes. Well, it was hard. This might make it a ...

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Top 20 Online Programming Courses to Boost your Career

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Do you want to know what is the best investment you can make with your time and money? Knowledge As a software developer you should be constantly acquiring new skills. This is the best way to advance your career and enjoy the rewards (monetary, emotional etc.). Towards that direction you should be reading books, devouring technical articles and staying informed ...

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Getting Started Building 3D Simulations In Unity3D, Part 1

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Welcome to part one of a three-part blog series on Unity 3D. In this series, we will create a simple 3D game in Unity3D with rich controls. Part one will cover how to set up Unity3D. Part two will teach you how to control Unity3D using C#. The third and final post in this series will delve into actually making ...

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You’re doing it wrong: Daily stand-ups

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“Everybody, please, stand up”, I remember encouraging everyone to rise to the occasion of another daily stand-up “meeting”. Even with a room full of people who knew the drill, I still felt I had to ask them. This series is about practices we do, without understanding why we do them, and therefore may not get the value we want from ...

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A Practical Guide to Machine Learning: Understand, Differentiate, and Apply

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Co-authored by Jean-Francois Puget (@JFPuget) Machine Learning represents the new frontier in analytics, and is the answer of how many companies can capitalize on the data opportunity. Machine Learning was first defined by Arthur Samuel in 1959 as a “Field of study that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed.” Said another way, this is the automation ...

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Minimum Valuable Problem

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Defining and building a good minimum viable product is much harder than it sounds.  Finding that “one thing” you can do, which people want, is really about a lot more than picking one thing.  It is a combination of solving the minimum valuable problem and all of the other things that go with it.  Solving for both the outside-in needs and the inside-out goals is ...

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Making Release Frictionless, a Business Decision, Part 2

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In Part 1, I talked about small stories/chunks of work, checking in all the time so you could build often and see progress. That assumes you know what done means. Project “done” means release criteria. Here are some stories about how I started using release criteria. Back in the 70s, I worked in a small development group. We had 5 or 6 ...

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Hadoop: DataNode not starting

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In my continued playing with Mahout I eventually decided to give up using my local file system and use a local Hadoop instead since that seems to have much less friction when following any examples. Unfortunately all my attempts to upload any files from my local file system to HDFS were being met with the following exception: java.io.IOException: File /user/markneedham/book2.txt ...

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Hidden Assumption of Agile

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Agile cures common problems that we experience in software development, however, there are limitations to Agile.  It may seem like a silver bullet, but there are circumstances under which Agile is not the best choice for development, or at a minimum, not to develop the entire project. The problems with the waterfall model are well known and understood by most ...

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Savepoints in Apache Flink Stream Processing – Whiteboard Walkthrough

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In this week’s Whiteboard Walkthrough, Stephan Ewen, PMC member of Apache Flink and CTO of data Artisans, explains how to use savepoints, a unique feature in Apache Flink stream processing, to let you reprocess data, do bug fixes, deal with upgrades, and do A/B testing. Here’s the undedited transcription: Hello. My name is Stephan. I’m one of the original creators ...

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