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Micro-services for performance

Microservices is a buzz word at the moment. Is it really something original or based on established best practices? There are some disadvantages to the way microservices have been implemented, but can these be solved? Component testability and consistency Once you have assembled a large system, it can be hard or even impossible to profile where the highest delays come ...

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Every project is test driven in the end

Let me give you the punch-line and then explain myself: As soon as testing starts every “project” becomes a test driven. If there is no formal testing period then that phase begin the moment customers/users start using the product. I’ve recently been watching a slow motion train-crash, I had no power to avert the train crash and those I could ...

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Making it Easier to Get Started with IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere and you might have finally decided it is time to give it a go. Starting out might not be as easy as you think, as IoT is fast changing, with new features and things being added and old protocols removed from the framework. To help you out, here are a few things that ...

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Excited about a ‘2.0’ tech stack for microservices

When we talk about microservices architectures, we’ve come to realize that the organization and communication structures of your teams greatly influence the design of your technology systems. When we actually start implementing these architectures, we find that we’re knee deep in distributed systems. We also find that lots of technology and lots of the methodologies of yesterday and the day ...

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Simplifying Your Transition from Macro to Microservices

This is the first part in my series of articles in moving from macro to microservices. Here, I’ll present first the reasoning as to why a developer or manager would make such a move. Later posts in the series will provide code examples and procedures for building your own solution and, finally, creating your whole environment where you gradually replace ...

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Friction in Software

Friction can be a very powerful force when building software. The things that are made easier or harder can dramatically influence how we work. I’d like to discuss three areas where I’ve seen friction at work: dependency injection, code reviews and technology selection. DI Frameworks A few years ago a colleague and I discussed this and came to the conclusion ...

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How to avoid messy code

Few programmers explicitly intend to write poorly structured source code. They don’t sit down, whip out their Bad Code Design Patterns book, and wreak meticulous spaghettipocalypse. Rather, poorly structured code is what happens when programmers don’t know what they’re doing.               So: why is this difficult? Source code has many properties, and of different ...

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A Case For Native Smart Card Support in Browsers

A smart card is a device that holds a private key securely without letting it out of its storage. The chip on your credit card is a “smart card” (yup, terminology is ambiguous – the card and the chip are interchangeably called “smart card”). There are smaller USB-pluggable hardware readers that only hold the chip (without an actual card – ...

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