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R: Scraping Neo4j release dates with rvest

As part of my log analysis I wanted to get the Neo4j release dates which are accessible from the release notes and decided to try out Hadley Wickham’s rvest scraping library which he released at the end of 2014. rvest is based on Python’s beautifulsoup which has become my scraping library of choice so I didn’t find it too difficult ...

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How to monitor a Java EE DataSource


Introduction FlexyPool is an open-source framework that can monitor a DataSource connection usage. This tool come out of necessity, since we previously lacked support for provisioning connection pools. FlexyPool was initially designed for stand-alone environments and the DataSource proxy configuration was done programmatically. Using Spring bean aliases, we could even substitute an already configured DataSource with the FlexyPool Metrics-aware proxy ...

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Motivation And Goals Of Project Jigsaw

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how Project Jigsaw may break existing code. So what do we get in return? Let’s look at the pain points the project addresses and its goals for how to solve them in Java 9. Series This post is part of an ongoing series about Project Jigsaw. In the recommended order (which is different ...

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Long-term log analysis with AWS Redshift

You will aggregate a lot of logs over the lifetime of your product and codebase, so it’s important to be able to search through them. In the rare case of a security issue, not having that capability is incredibly painful. You might be able to use services that allow you to search through the logs of the last two weeks ...

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Tech Lead – Circles of Responsibility

One of my projects this year is a training program for developing Tech Leads. In preparation for the course, I developed this diagram below to explain what areas we focus on and found the model resonated very well with people who interact with Tech Leads, but probably don’t really know what Tech Leads do. I also found it has been ...

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Cloud Application Design Considerations

When designing applications for the cloud, irrespective of the chosen platform, I have often found it useful to consider four specific topics during my initial discussions; scalability, availability, manageability and feasibility. It is important to remember that the items presented under each topic within this article are not an exhaustive list and are aimed only at presenting a starting point ...

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Types of JMSContext in JMS 2.0


If you follow Java EE, the simplified API components in JMS 2.0 (Java EE 7) will not be unknown to you. One of the important interfaces which forms a part of the simplified API is the javax.jms.JMSContext interface. JMSContext can be categorized in to two types depending on how it’s instance is obtained and managed (life cycle) – Container managed ...

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The inevitable imbalance in pair programming

At some point throughout a developers career, no matter their experience, they will most likely find themselves in a situation where they are either the Junior or the Senior of the two in a pair programming session. In this context, being the Junior does not only mean being a less experienced developer, but it could also mean somebody that has ...

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Trust, Accountability, and Where Does the Time Go?

As more of my clients transition to agile, many of them have a fascinating question: How do I assess who is doing what on my team? When I ask why they want to know, they say it’s all related to reviews, rewards, and general compensation. They are still discussing individual compensation, not team compensation. When I ask why they want ...

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