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Friction in Software

Friction can be a very powerful force when building software. The things that are made easier or harder can dramatically influence how we work. I’d like to discuss three areas where I’ve seen friction at work: dependency injection, code reviews and technology selection. DI Frameworks A few years ago a colleague and I discussed this and came to the conclusion ...

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WordCount with Storm and Scala

Apache Storm is a free and open source distributed realtime computation system running on the JVM. To get started we will implement a very simple example. Previously we implemented a word count hadoop job using scala and we uploaded it to hdinsight. We will focus on the same word count concept but for real time cases and implement a word ...

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How to avoid messy code

Few programmers explicitly intend to write poorly structured source code. They don’t sit down, whip out their Bad Code Design Patterns book, and wreak meticulous spaghettipocalypse. Rather, poorly structured code is what happens when programmers don’t know what they’re doing.               So: why is this difficult? Source code has many properties, and of different ...

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Why I Don’t Talk to Google Recruiters

This is a real story, and it’s not only about Google. I’m getting emails from recruiters at Amazon, Facebook, and smaller Silicon Valley startups. They find me somehow, most likely through this blog, my books, or my GitHub account. They always start with “We’re so impressed by your profile” and finish with “Let’s schedule an interview.” I always reply with ...

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A Case For Native Smart Card Support in Browsers

A smart card is a device that holds a private key securely without letting it out of its storage. The chip on your credit card is a “smart card” (yup, terminology is ambiguous – the card and the chip are interchangeably called “smart card”). There are smaller USB-pluggable hardware readers that only hold the chip (without an actual card – ...

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Interview questions: verify the braces

This is one of the easier coding tasks, but you still can meet it in some preliminary tech screening. The problem looks like this: Given a string containing just the characters '(', ')', '{', '}', '[' and ']', determine if the input string is valid. The brackets must close in the correct order, "()" and "()[]{}" are all valid but "(]" ...

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