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Modelling failure in Ceylon

In all programming languages, we need to deal with operations than can “fail”: a pure function might fail to produce a result, or an impure function might fail to produce its desired side-effect (create a new file, or whatever). In neither case can we just blindly continue with the rest of the computation. In the first case, the result of ...

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DevOps and the Myth of Efficiency, Part II

In the previous post, I outlined why DevOps is not about efficiency, and how our old ways of looking at “complicated” problems by solving for efficiency first is actually not effective or flexible in our now very complex world. In fact, letting go of our century-long instincts to apply reductionist management theories to create efficient workplaces may lead to building ...

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10 Practical Docker Tips for Day to Day Docker usage

I’ve had the opportunity to setup a complete new docker based microservice architecture at my current job, so since everyone is sharing their docker tips and trick, I thought I’d do the same thing. So here are a list of tips, tricks or whatever you might call it, that you might find useful in your day to day dealing with ...

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Testing multithreaded code in Java

Testing multithreaded code is a tough challenge. The first advice that you get when trying to test concurrency is to isolate your concurrent concerns in the code as much as possible. This a general design advice but in this case it’s even more important. Make sure to first properly unit test the logic that is wrapped by the concurrent construct. ...

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Neo4j: Specific relationship vs Generic relationship + property

For optimal traversal speed in Neo4j queries we should make our relationship types as specific as possible. Let’s take a look at an example from the ‘modelling a recommendations engine‘ talk I presented at Skillsmatter a couple of weeks ago. I needed to decided how to model the ‘RSVP’ relationship between a Member and an Event. A person can RSVP ...

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Getting Started with JGit

If you ever wondered how basic Git commands like git init, git checkout and so on are executed in JGit, read on. This tutorial gives an overview of the most commonly used git commands and their counterparts in JGit. It walks through the steps to create a repository, fetch contents from a remote, add and remove files to/from the history, ...

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TLS Client Authentication

I decided to do a prototype for an electronic identification scheme, so I investigated how to do TLS client authentication with a Java/Spring server-side (you can read on even if you’re not a Java developer – most of the post is java-agnostic). Why TLS client authentication? Because that’s the most standard way to authenticate a user who owns a certificate ...

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