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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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5 Practical Tips for Building Your Spring Boot API

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Building Identity Management, including authentication and authorization? Try Stormpath! Our REST API and robust Java SDK support can eliminate your security risk and can be implemented in minutes. Sign up, and never build auth again! Every API developer is looking for ways to manage their application more securely, without sacrificing speed or ease of implementing new features. To that end, ...

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JavaOne 2016 Follow-Up

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I had the pleasure of attending JavaOne this year, and I can sum up the experience in one word:  Brilliant.  This year was much different than in years past for me, as I had one talk to co-present on Sunday and I had the rest of the week wide open for attending sessions.  As such, I’ve learned that it really ...

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What Agile Project Managers Do, Part 1

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One of the questions I hear all the time with people transitioning to using agile is this: How do we organize the project if we don’t have a project manager? If you read Manage It!, you know I don’t buy the idea of a controlling project manager. But a facilitative project manager? Oh my. That is a horse of a ...

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Elixir ETS Versus Redis

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Learning Elixir has a way of challenging everything you know about programming. Redis is becoming an assumed part of many web stacks, in the same breath as your database. But with Elixir, do you need it? Do you even need a database? The Changing World of Web Application Operation Here’s the standard mode of operation for a web application these ...

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Sustainable Software Deliverability with Timelines

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In my previous post “Kill the Deadlines” I rant about how (fake) deadlines are demotivating, reduce quality and burn development teams. But if you think about why people use deadlines, is to deliver a software project in a timely manner. While I’m not a proponent of using fake deadlines as a way to push developers, in a product development process ...

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We Love Older Programmers

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I was on the phone yesterday with a senior level hiring manager from a potential new client, and she said something I hadn’t heard in a long while. “We love older programmers.“ When I speak with CTOs and hiring authorities about their dream hires, some are more cautious than others when stating their preferences. I’m not a lawyer and don’t know ...

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Spring boot with Spring Security and NoSQL

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In the previous post we set up a spring security configuration by providing custom queries for user and authority retrieval from an sql database. Nowadays many modern applications utilize NoSQL databases. Spring security does not come with an out of the box solution for NoSQL databases. In those case we need to provide a solution by Implementing a Custom UserDetailsService. ...

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