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Velocity is Not Acceleration

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I see a lot of confusion around velocity in new-to-agile teams. Too many people treat velocity as an acceleration measurement. That is, they expect velocity to increase to some large number, as a stable state. Velocity is a rate of change coupled with direction. When managers think they can measure a team with velocity, they confuse velocity with acceleration. As I enter ...

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Should you follow the rules?

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In the last article I wrote that I’m a big fan of tools for static analysis. Those tools help you follow established rules. To be more specific, they’re yelling at you through red builds whenever you break these rules. Isn’t it great? Before your code gets under the review, we are already sure that many things have already been checked and ...

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Publish Subscribe model in Kafka

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This is the fourth post in the series about integrating sync clients with async systems (1, 2, 3). Here we’ll try to understand how Kafka works in order to correctly leverage its publish-subscribe implementation. Kafka concepts According to the official documentation: Kafka is a distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service. It provides the functionality of a messaging system, but with ...

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On the Virtues of Avoiding Parsing or Basing Logic on toString() Result

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With Java or any other programming language I’ve used significantly, I have found that there are occasionally things that can be done in the language, but generally should not be done. Often, these misuses of the language seem harmless and perhaps beneficial when a developer first uses them, but later that same developer or another developer runs into associated issues ...

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Learning Lucene

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I am currently working with a team starting a new project based on Lucene. While most of the time I would argue on using either Solr or Elasticsearch instead of plain Lucene it was a conscious decision. In this post I am compiling some sources for learning Lucene – I hope you will find them helpful or you can hint ...

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Most difficult programming languages

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What are the most difficult programming languages to learn? Most people would have written some code in programming languages such as Java, C, C++ etc. Going back a bit further into the past, many would have programmed in Pascal, Fortran, COBOL etc. While starting out on the learning curve, most of these languages might have posed enough challenges and caused you to pull ...

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Data Aggregation Spring Data MongoDB: Nested results

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1 Introduction In a previous post, we built a basic example of an aggregation pipeline. Maybe you want to take a look at Data aggregation with Spring Data MongoDB and Spring Boot if you need more detail about how to create the project and configure the application. In this post, we will focus on learning a use case where it makes ...

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How to update a Jenkins job posting config.xml

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Recently I wanted to update a few jobs (not defined with a DSL) in Cloudbees, adding to each of them a few properties. Well, I had some trouble making it work, here are my notes (I used Jenkins 1.651.2.1 but chances are it should work with older and more recent versions, such as jenkins 2) No security  / no auth ...

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