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5 tips to improve performance in Android applications

If your application has many time-intensive operations, here are some tricks to improve the performance and provide a better experience for your users.                   Operations that can take a long time should run on their own thread and not in the main (UI) thread. If an operation takes too long while it ...

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MongoDB and Grails

So recently, I had a requirement to store unstructured JSON data that was coming back from a web service. The web service was returning back various soccer teams from around the world. Amongst the data contained in most of the soccer teams was a list of soccer players, who were part of the team. Some of the teams had 12 ...

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How to increase productivity

Unlocking productivity is one of the biggest concerns for any person with a management role. However, people rarely agree on the best approaches to improve performance. Over the years, I have observed different managers using opposite practices to churn out the best performance of the team they are managing. Unfortunately, some of them work and others don’t. To be more ...

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Lambda Expressions and Stream API: basic examples

This blog post contains a list of basic Lambda expressions and Stream API examples I used in a live coding presentation I gave in June 2014 at Java User Group – Politechnica Gedanensis (Technical University of Gdańsk) and at Goyello. Lambda Expressions Syntax The most common example:     Runnable runnable = () -> System.out.println("Hello!"); Thread t = new Thread(runnable); ...

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Graph Degree Distributions using R over Hadoop

There are two common types of graph engines. One type is focused on providing real-time, traversal-based algorithms over linked-list graphs represented on a single-server. Such engines are typically called graph databases and some of the vendors include Neo4j, OrientDB, DEX, and InfiniteGraph. The other type of graph engine is focused on batch-processing using vertex-centric message passing within a graph represented ...

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Code For Maintainability So The Next Developer Doesn’t Hate You

Unless your problem domain includes some specific need for highly optimized code, consider what is your biggest coding priority. I’m going to suggest that you make it maintainability. There was an online meme going around recently that suggested that you should code as if the person that will maintain your code is a homicidal maniac that knows your address. Okay, that’s ...

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10 things you can do to make your app secure: #4 Access Control

This is #4 in a series on the OWASP Top 10 Proactive Controls: 10 things that developers can do to make sure that their app is secure. Access Control aka Authorization, deciding who needs what access to which data and to which features, and how these rules will be enforced, needs to be carefully thought through up front in design. ...

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Creating logs in Android applications

For Android applications, logging is handled by the android.util.Log class, which is a basic logging class that stores the logs in a circular buffer for the whole device. All logs for the device can be seen in the LogCat tab in Eclipse, or read using the logcat command. Here is a standard log output for the LogCat tab in Eclipse ...

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RESTBucks Evolved

The book REST in Practice: Hypermedia and Systems Architecture uses an imaginary StarBucks-like company as its running example. I think this is a great example, since most people are familiar with the domain. The design is also simple enough to follow, yet complex enough to be interesting.   Problem Domain RESTbucks is about ordering and paying for coffee (or tea) ...

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