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Ceylon 1.1.0 is now available

Ten whole months in the making, this is the biggest release of Ceylon so far! Ceylon 1.1.0 incorporates oodles of enhancements and bugfixes, with well over 1400 issues closed. Ceylon is a modern, modular, statically typed programming language for the Java and JavaScript virtual machines. The language features a flexible and very readable syntax, a unique and uncommonly elegant static ...

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Property-based testing with ScalaCheck – custom generators

One of the core data structures provided by Hazelcast is IMap<K, V> extending java.util.concurrent.ConcurrentMap – which is basically a distributed map, often used as cache. You can configure such map to use custom MapLoader<K, V> – piece of Java code that will be asked every time you try to .get()something from that map (by key) which is not yet there. ...

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Akka Notes – Actor Messaging – Request and Response – 3

Last time when we saw Actor messaging, we saw how fire-n-forget messages are sent (Meaning, we just send a message to the Actor but don’t expect a response from the Actor). Technically, we fire messages to Actors for its side-effects ALL THE TIME. It is by design. Other than not responding, the target Actor could ALSO do the following with ...

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Akka Notes – Actor Messaging – 1

From the introductory first part of the Akka Notes, we saw a bird’s eye view of Actors in the Akka Toolkit. In this second part of the Akka Notes, we’ll look at the messaging part of Actors. As for the example, we would use the same Student-Teacher example that we discussed earlier. In this first part of Actor Messaging, we’ll ...

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For All You Know, It’s Just a Java Library

Blast from the past… I wrote this in May, 2008… and I’ve gotta say, I was pretty spot-on including Java 8 adopting some of Scala’s better features: It’s starting to happen… the FUD around Scala. The dangers of Scala. The “operational risks” of using Scala. It started back in November when I started doing lift and Scala projects for hire. ...

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Property-based testing with Spock

Property based testing is an alternative approach to testing, complementing example based testing. The latter is what we’ve been doing all our lives: exercising production code against “examples” – inputs we think are representative. Picking these examples is an art on its own: “ordinary” inputs, edge cases, malformed inputs, etc. But why are we limiting ourselves to just few examples? ...

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Use Cases for Elasticsearch: Index and Search Log Files

In the last posts we have seen some of the properties of using Elasticsearch as a document store, for searching text content and geospatial search. In this post we will look at how it can be used to index and store log files, a very useful application that can help developers and operations in maintaining applications. Logging When maintaining larger ...

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Scala and Java 8 type inference in higher order functions sample

One of the concepts mentioned in the Functional Programming in Scala is about the type inference in higher order functions in Scala and how it fails in certain situations and a workaround for the same. So consider a sample higher order function, purely for demonstration:               def filter[A](list: List[A], p: A => Boolean):List[A] = ...

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