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Five easy steps to improve your database performance

January 30, 2015: Based on reader feedback, section 4 “Do you have enough database connections?” has been revised. Database access is a core feature of most applications. Based on our experience, it seems that for at least 80% of all applications we see, simple database performance tuning can speed up applications significantly. Fortunately, there isn’t a lot of rocket science ...

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Refactoring to Allow Test Doubles

Sometimes, when you make a class, it directly instantiates an object to use in its methods. For example:                   public void myFunc() { MyType object = new MyType(); object.doSomething(); this.thingy = object.getSomething(); } This is generally viewed as bad, since you’re tightly coupling your class to the instantiated one. “But,” you say, ...

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Hibernate locking patterns – How does PESSIMISTIC_FORCE_INCREMENT Lock Mode work

Introduction In my previous post, I introduced the OPTIMISTIC_FORCE_INCREMENT Lock Mode and we applied it for propagating a child entity version change to a locked parent entity. In this post, I am going to reveal the PESSIMISTIC_FORCE_INCREMENT Lock Mode and compare it with its optimistic counterpart. More alike than different As we already found out, the OPTIMISTIC_FORCE_INCREMENT Lock Mode can ...

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OpenShift v3: Getting Started with Java EE 7 using WildFly and MySQL

OpenShift is Red Hat’s open source PaaS platform. OpenShift v3 (due to be released this year) will provide a holistic experience on running your microservices using Docker and Kubernetes. In a classic Red Hat way, all the work is done in the open source at OpenShift Origin. This will also drive the next major release of OpenShift Online and OpenShift ...

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Java development tools for a programming boost !

Java developers usually try to find ways to write quality Java code, quick and efficient, to make their programming life easier. Since things change, more and more tools come up. So, below there is a list of useful tools that most developers have used, use or will surely use in the future. The list includes integrated development environments, integration tools, ...

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Writing Groovy’s groovy.util.Node (XmlParser) Content as XML

Groovy‘s XmlParser makes it easy to parse an XML file, XML input stream, or XML string using one its overloaded parse methods (or parseText in the case of the String). The XML content parsed with any of these methods is made available as a groovy.util.Node instance. This blog post describes how to make the return trip and write the content ...

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Byteman – a swiss army knife for byte code manipulation

I am working with a bunch of communities in JBoss and there is so much interesting stuff to talk about, that I can’t wrap my head around every little bit myself. This is the main reason why I am very thankful to have the opportunity to welcome guest bloggers here from time to time. Today it is Jochen Mader, who  is ...

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Do It Either Way, We’ll Refactor It Later

It often happens that a new piece of functionality is discussed within a team and different developers have a different preference over how it should be implemented. “But what if in the future…” is a typical argument, as well as “that way it’s going to be more extensible”. Well, usually it doesn’t matter. One should rather focus on how to ...

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Java Concurrency Tutorial – Locking: Explicit locks

1. Introduction In many cases, using implicit locking is enough. Other times, we will need more complex functionalities. In such cases, java.util.concurrent.locks package provides us with lock objects. When it comes to memory synchronization, the internal mechanism of these locks is the same as with implicit locks. The difference is that explicit locks offer additional features. The main advantages or ...

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