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Analysts aren’t managers

Continuing from my last blog, Managers who aren’t managers, I need to say a bit more about people who aren’t managers but get talked about managers. This is a group of people who aren’t managers and wouldn’t consider themselves managers but programmers and testers consider to be managers. I’m thinking specifically about Business Analysts but there are others. To a ...

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DIY Annotations

Since Java 5 there have been annotations in Java. I wanted to make my own annotation just to see what it takes. However, I found out that they were just interfaces. There is the rub Interfaces have no teeth behind them. Some piece of code has to implement it. I figured this is where the rubber hits the road and ...

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Deploying a microservice – Spring Boot fatjar to Amazon Elastic Beanstalk


Recently I was working on a proof-of-concept web application that I wanted to deploy to a public cloud for a quick demo. I decided to use Amazon as I already had experience with it. Amazon offers several different ways to deploy a Java web application. Amazon EC2 EC2 gives us the flexibility to install and configure whatever we want to on the box. This is a very flexible solution for ...

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Multi level grouping with streams

1. Introduction With Java 8 streams it is pretty easy to group collections of objects based on different criteria. In this post, we will see how we can make from simple single level groupings to more complex, involving several levels of groupings. We will use two classes to represent the objects we want to group by: person and pet. Person.class ...

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Neo4j: A procedure for the SLM clustering algorithm

In the middle of last year I blogged about the Smart Local Moving algorithm which is used for community detection in networks and with the upcoming introduction of procedures in Neo4j I thought it’d be fun to make that code accessible as one. If you want to grab the code and follow along it’s sitting on the SLM repository on ...

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Parallel execution of blocking tasks with RxJava and Completable

” How parallel execution of blocking “side-effect only” (aka void) tasks became easier with Completable abstraction introduced in RxJava 1.1.1. “ As you may have noticed reading my blog I primarily specialize in Software Craftsmanship and automatic code testing. However, in addition I am an enthusiast of Continuous Delivery and broadly defined concurrency. The last point ranges from pure threads ...

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NetBeans Java EE Tip #3: RESTful Web Services from Database

Many modern web applications are moving towards the use of stateless communications using HTTP.  The REST (Representational State Transfer) architectural style is oftentimes utilized to design networked applications, and with Java EE 7 it is very easy to develop a RESTful backend for database communication.  Using a simple POJO (plain old Java object), one can provide a complete solution for ...

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Docker Installation Scripts – CLI, Machine, Compose, Version Manager

Docker Toolbox is cool! It is a single point download that gives you everything to get started with Docker. But it comes with other tools like VirtualBox and Kitematic which you may not want. So what do you do? You install the tools that you like using CLI. This blog shows how to do exactly that. All the commands are installed in the /usr/bin/local directory. ...

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Kotlin Month Post 1: Assorted Features

To open up Kotlin Month, we’ll look at a small assortment of Kotlin’s features that aren’t big enough to merit their own post and don’t fit into a grouping for the upcoming posts, starting with operator overloading. Operator Overloading Because of the mess it made in C++, Java decided to not include operator overloading, and it has unfortunately stuck to ...

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