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Use Precise Java Method Parameters

Learn how to pick the right method parameter types and get more robust and shorter code in your Java applications. We Java developers generally have a bad habit of using method parameters without thinking of what is actually needed and just picking whatever we are used to, what we have available or whatever first comes into mind. Consider the following ...

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How to shoot yourself in the foot building a Java Agent

Over the years of building Plumbr, we have encountered many challenging problems. Among others, making the Plumbr Java Agent perform reliably without endangering the customers’ applications, is a particularly tricky one. To safely gather all the required telemetry from a live system poses a huge set of problems to tackle. Some of them are quite straightforward while some of them ...

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Defining “Scaling” Agile, Part 4: Sharing Agile Outside of Product Development

Here’s where we are so far in this discussion of what it might mean to “scale” agile approaches: Part 1: Creating Cross-Functional Feature Teams (Teams that can produce features on a regular basis) Part 2: Programs of Cross-Functional Feature Teams (Programs (multiple teams working together) that deliver features on a regular basis) Part 3: Agile Product Development (Adaptive and continual planning ...

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Cleaner parameterized tests with JUnit 5

The general idea of parameterized unit tests is to run the same test method for different data. Creating parameterized tests in JUnit 4 is far from being perfect. There are many issues with the existing architecture: parameters are defined as class fields and constructor is needed to create them, parameterized and non-parameterized tests cannot be mixed in one test class ...

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Java vs. Python: Which One Is Best for You? [Infographic]

Discover faster, more efficient performance monitoring with an enterprise APM product learning from your apps. Take the AppDynamics APM Guided Tour! Few questions in software development are more divisive or tribal than choice of programming language. Software developers often identify strongly with their tools of choice, freely mixing objective facts with subjective preference. The last decade, however, has seen an ...

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Testing exceptions with JUnit 5

JUnit 5 brought pretty awesome improvements and it differs a lot from its predecessor. JUnit 5 requires Java 8 at runtime hence Lambda expressions can be used in tests, especially in assertions. One of those assertions is perfectly suited for testing exceptions. Setup the project To demonstrate JUnit 5 usage I used my long-lived unit-testing-demo Github project as it already ...

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Gluten-Free Management Recipes

We live in the era of organic food, eco-friendly toilets, zero-emission cars, and harassment-free offices. Our management practices have to keep up—they must be zero-stress, conflict-free, and idiot-friendly. If you’re still stuck in the old carrot-and-stick, mediocrity-intolerant, primitive mentality, these recipes will open your eyes.               Be Positive. You must remember that keeping people ...

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Balance Your Portfolio with the Product Portfolio Matrix

The product portfolio matrix is a handy tool that helps you make the right product portfolio decisions. This post explains how you can effectively apply it to manage a portfolio of digital products. The Matrix Reloaded The product portfolio matrix, also called growth–share and BCG matrix, wants to help you achieve the right blend of young and established products in order to ...

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