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What Agile Project Managers Do Not Do, Part 2

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In What Agile Project Managers Do, Part 1, I spoke about what agile project managers might do. Here’s what agile project managers do not do: The agile project manager does not assign work. The agile project manager does not estimate work on behalf of the team. The agile project manager does not commit to features, stories, or tasks on behalf ...

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5 Easy steps for Testers to Influence Developers

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A classic problem for testers in agile contexts is the fact that they feel they are not listened to by developers. Testers, often rightly, warn developers from doing stuff because the consequences could be very bad, but developers in many cases don’t listen to them. This is very upsetting, testers find themselves lonely within an agile team because of this. They ...

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Spring Security and Password Encoding

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On previous posts we dived into spring security. We implemented security backed by jdbc, security based on custom jdbc queries and security retrieving information from a nosql database. By being careful enough we will find out that passwords are in plain text. Although this serves well for example purposes in real environments, passwords are always encoded and stored encoded in ...

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How to Choose the Right Log Management Tool?

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Sumo Logic vs Graylog vs Loggly vs PaperTrail vs Logentries vs Stackify Everyone uses log files to search and understand errors, crashes and exceptions in their application. Some use the direct approach and sift through plain text log files, while others rely on log management tools to help them find the bug in the log-haystack. In the following post we’ll ...

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What I wish I knew when I started as a software developer

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Having worked in the software engineering field for 6 years, I sometimes pause and consider how much I have learned since I started my career. One thing that strikes me is how many things I would want to tell just-out-of-college me if I had the occasion. While I don’t have that capability, I hope that the few items below will ...

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Java EE schedulers

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Java EE application servers have native scheduling support and, in most of the applications, there is no need to include external dependencies like the famous Quartz scheduler library. The Java EE 6 Timer Service, available on Java EE 6 and 7 full profile, give us many options to define the scheduling interval and what’s happen if we stop and restart ...

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How to get started with Android development – Basic structure

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In a previous article, I wrote about how you can launch your first Android application from the samples provided with Android Studio. Now that you’ve had a chance to poke around a few samples, I’m going to tell you a bit about the basic structure of an Android application. A good place to start understanding an application is the manifest. ...

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Scan DynamoDB Items with DynamoDBMapper

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Previously we covered how to query a DynamoDB database either using DynamoDBMapper or the low level java api. Apart from issuing queries, DynamoDB also offers Scan functionality. What scan does, is fetching all the Items you might have on your DynamoDB Table. Therefore scan does not require any rules based on our partition key or your global/local secondary indexes. What ...

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Query DynamoDB Items with DynamoDBMapper

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On a previous post we issued queries on a DynamoDB database using the low level java api. Querying using the DynamoDBMapper is pretty easy. Issue a query using a hash key is as simple as it gets. The best candidate for a query like this would be the Users table by searching using the email hash key. public User getUser(String ...

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