The “Software Engineer” Mindset

What is a software engineer? And what is a senior software engineer? Many companies define a “senior software engineer” as a person who has spent more then 6 years as a programmer. And that’s not always correct. The other day I was asked whether I recommend becoming a “generalist” or a “specialist”. Whether one should stay focused on one particular ...

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Learn Apache Camel – Indexing Tweets in Real-time

There’s a point in most software development projects when the application needs to start communicating with other applications or 3rd party components. Whether it’s sending an email notification, calling an external api, writing to a file or migrating data from one place to another, you either roll out your own solution or leverage an existing framework. As for existing frameworks in the Java ecosystem, ...

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How to configure and install ZeroMQ (libsodium) on CentOS 6.7?

When getting started on ZeroMQ (version 4.2.0 or above) can be quite challenging especially with all the prerequisites. I’ve spent a good two days to get the process ironed out. So I’m sharing this so that others can avoid the same pitfalls and can have a good head-start with setting up their environment. Pitfall #1 Develop for your platform. I’m ...

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A paranoid’s guide to backing up a working folder

Oops time Leanpub supports multiple storage engines and a private GitHub repository is probably the safest way to the backing up your working folder. I chose Dropbox as I didn’t envision anything wrong with the automatic synchronization mechanism. While working on my book, I accidentally managed to wipe-out half of my diagrams and all changes were instantly synchronized by Dropbox. ...

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Takipi 2.0: Trends and DevOps Integrations

Visualize all log events and exceptions in production directly from your JVMs – Send as metrics into more than 20 graphing and alerting tools. We wanted to share two major features we’re introducing that we thought worth sharing – Trends and DevOps Integrations. We began building Takipi because we were tired of using traditional logs to understand what was going inside of our ...

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The Latest Twist in the Java IDE Wars: Subscription-based IntelliJ IDEA

I’ve been watching with some interest the discussion surrounding this past week’s announcement that JetBrains is moving to an Adobe-like and Microsoft Office-like software subscription licensing model. The feedback has been fast and furious and JetBrains has responded with a very brief follow-up post We are listening that is entirely reproduced in this quote: “We announced a new subscription licensing ...

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Jenkins setups for Kubernetes and Docker Workflow

Intro During the summer I had the chance to play a little bit with Jenkins inside Kubernetes. More specifically I wanted to see what’s the best way to get the Docker Workflow Plugin running. So, the idea was to have a Pod running Jenkins and use it to run builds that are defined using Docker Workflow Plugin.  After a lot of ...

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HTTP/2 – Powered by SPDY (speedy) and inspired by evolutionary web

While driving back home, I was listening to Mark Nottingham’s (who chairs IETF HTTP working group) podcast on HTTP/2 and it was very interesting to know about the upcoming changes in HTTP protocol. Post that I did some research and sharing some interesting findings with respect to HTTP/2. It’s been a long time the backbone of Internet, HTTP has not ...

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Yet Another Report Generator?

If you have experience of business application development, then most likely you will have encountered a requirement for the application to have a flexible reporting mechanism. The company I work for is mainly focused on developing business solutions and reporting is an essential, indeed, must have aspect of all the enterprise systems we develop. To enable flexible reporting in our ...

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