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2011: The State of Software Security and Quality

It’s the end of the year. Time to look back on what you’ve done, what you’ve learned, your successes and mistakes, and what you learned from them. I also like to look at the big picture: not just my team and the projects that I manage, or even the company that I work for, but software development in general. How ...

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People Related Classic Mistakes

In my last blog I mentioned Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules by Steve McConnell, which although has now been around for at least 10 years is still as relevant today as when it was written. One of my favourite parts of the book was his treatment of Classic Mistakes As Steve’s book states, classic mistakes are classic mistakes because ...

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Transactional event-based NOSQL storage

I am presenting here a simple two steps architectural approach based on stored events as a workaround for the lack of full atomic transaction support in so-called “NOSQL” databases. Being fairly new to NOSQL-based architectures, I have the annoying intuition that I am about to write nothing but a set of obvious statements. On the other hand, I have not ...

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Best Of The Week – 2011 – W51

Hello guys, Time for the “Best Of The Week” links for the week that just passed. Here are some links that drew Java Code Geeks attention: * Spring 3.1 is GA Today – Adds Java 7 Support, Environment Abstraction and Cache Abstraction:Following the announcement for the general availability of Spring 3.1, this article provides some information  on the new releases ...

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Using a ThreadPoolExecutor to Parallelize Independent Single-Threaded Tasks

The task execution framework, introduced in Java SE 5.0, is a giant leap forward to simplify the design and the development of multi threaded applications. The framework provides facilities to manage the concept of task, to manage thread life cycles and their execution policy. In this blog post we’ll describe the power, the flexibility and the simplicity of this framework ...

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How to start a Coding Dojo

I recently attended the XP Days Ukraine conference in a rainy, but beautiful and Christmas-decorated Kiev. I conducted a coding dojo and gave a talk where I demonstrated pair programming live together with Dima Mindra. After the talk, I got a few questions about how to run a Coding Dojo. This article is meant as a guide to anyone wanting ...

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LeWeb – 2011 – Round up

Just a couple of hours before I head up to the airport, I will write my last post related to LeWeb. This time I will focus on the conference itself. Having attended a few developer conferences (not much but enough to give you some sort of experience) I have developed my own custom framework of rating a conference. I use ...

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Oracle JRockit Mission Control 4.1 released

Oracle released a new version of their former JRockit-only tooling Mission Control Suite (JRMC). The 4.1 version is a minor version upgrade which directly follow the 4.0.1 which was released way back middle 2010. But even if the version number indicates, it’s a minor upgrade, you still find tons of new features in it. JRMC is a set of plug-ins ...

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Overload API methods with care

Overloading methods is a strong concept in API design, especially when your API is a fluent API or DSL (Domain Specific Language). This is the case for jOOQ, where you often want to use the exact same method name for various means of interaction with the library. Example: jOOQ Conditions package org.jooq; public interface Condition { // Various overloaded forms ...

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