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Creating Milestones with Iteration-Based Agile

I’ve been coaching several teams with a problem: they like to work in iterations. And, they have milestones that are not on a milestone boundary. What should they do? (I suggested flow and you should have heard their response. Well, maybe not.) Here’s why people want these milestones: The team can’t deliver (for whatever reason) as continuous delivery. The PO (or someone ...

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The Patterns of the Antipatterns: Architecture

We have been always looking for the best ways to architect our applications and platforms so they are maintainable, extensible, observable, adaptable and easy to evolve (this is by no means a complete list of the properties we would like to have but the foundational ones). Layered architecture, component-based architecture, hexagonal architecture, microservice architecture (and many others) advocate to use ...

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Docker Monitoring: 5 Methods for Monitoring Java Applications in Docker

What are some of the most useful methods to monitor Java applications in Docker containers? Running applications in containers is an increasingly popular way of maintaining large, distributed stacks that change based on demand. The Java VM heritage makes it an ideal language for container-based infrastructures. With many moving parts and components, monitoring Java applications in containers requires planning and ...

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Java Command-Line Interfaces (Part 7): JCommander

This is the seventh post in my series that briefly introduces various libraries for processing command-line arguments in Java. This post returns to coverage of an annotation-based library that seems to be one of the better known and more popular of the numerous available libraries for processing command line arguments from Java: JCommander. JCommander‘s web page states, “Because life is ...

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Java Command-Line Interfaces (Part 6): JOpt Simple

The main web page for JOpt Simple calls this Java-based library “a Java library for parsing command line options, such as those you might pass to an invocation of javac,” that “attempts to honor the command line option syntaxes of POSIX getopt() and GNU getopt_long().” This is the sixth post of my series of command-line arguments processing in Java and ...

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Apache Ignite with Spring Data


Spring Data provides a unified and easy way to access the different kinds of persistence store, both relational database systems, and NoSQL data stores. It is on top of JPA, adding another layer of abstraction and defining a standard-based design to support persistence Layer in a Spring context.                 Apache Ignite IgniteRepository implements Spring Data ...

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Creating Your Own Package in Go

A package in Go is a namespace that organizes a set of related files. We can think of packages as being similar to different folders. Go standard library comes with a number of packages which can be used for building real-world applications. Moreover Go supports writing our own packages promoting code modularization and better composability of applications following certain rules, like ...

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Instrumenting Java Web Applications without Modifying their Source Code


Most Java Web applications use standard Java interfaces when interacting with other systems. HTTP-based services like Web-pages or REST servers are implemented using the interface javax.servlet.Servlet. Database interaction is implemented using the JDBC interfaces java.sql.Statement and java.sql.Connection. These standards are almost universally in use, independent of the underlying framework (Spring or Java EE) and the Servlet container (Tomcat, Wildfly, etc.). ...

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Java 8 Optionals

While programming, we have all faced the most (in)famous NullPointerException. And I believe we all would agree that encountering NullPointerException is also a pain. Just to keep the readers informed, the famous computer scientist Tony Hoare introduced null references and he thinks this as A million-dollar mistake. We all know, it’s very easy to implement but it’s quite unpredictable as ...

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