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Database Usage Practices

After a long period of intense thinking, research and brainstorming sessions, I have finally made up my mind with few best practices that can be considered while using a database. All database servers today has capabilities to optimize the queries sent to the server, ironically, they lack the capability to alter query in such a way that the throughput is ...

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5 Ways to Think Wisely in Development

Recently I have been reading some popular and interesting social psychology books. The contents are based on empirical evidence and scientific research, and often provide stories about how society operates, and why people behave the way they do. Some of the books in this genre include: Freakonomics, The Tipping Point, Outliers and Kluge The most recent book I read is ...

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Native vs Green threads

Native vs Green threads  Understanding a multi-threaded program have always been a wild goose chase for many programmers. There are always many aspects to consider when writing a multi-threaded program. Green threads vs Native Threads The difference between green threads vs native threads is something that programmers may be unaware of. Both are mechanisms are ways of achieving a ‘multi-threaded ...

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5′ on IT-Architecture: root concepts explained by the pioneers of software architecture

The last couple of weeks I am working on a new software architecture course specifically for the insurance and financial sector. During the preparations I was reading many of the most cited articles on software architecture. The concepts described in these articles are so fundamental (and still up-to-date) that every architect really should to know about them. I have enjoyed ...

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Applying Back Pressure When Overloaded

How should a system respond when under sustained load? Should it keep accepting requests until its response times follow the deadly hockey stick, followed by a crash? All too often this is what happens unless a system is designed to cope with the case of more requests arriving than is it capable of processing. If we are seeing a sustained ...

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Approaches to XML – Part 4 – XMLBeans

If you remember from Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, I’m covering different approaches to parsing XML messages using the outrageously corny scenario of Pete’s Perfect Pizza, the pizza company with big ideas. In this story, you are an employee of Pete’s and have been asked to implement a system for sending orders from the front desk to the ...

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Approaches to XML – Part 3 – JAXB

If you remember from Part 1 and Part 2, I’m covering different approaches to parsing XML messages using the outrageously corny scenario of Pete’s Perfect Pizza, the pizza company with big ideas. In this story, you are an employee of Pete’s and have been asked to implement a system for sending orders from the front desk to the kitchen and you came ...

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