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20 (Or So) Things Managers Should Stop Saying To Engineers

This post is a direct reply to an article I recently read with title : “20 things engineers should stop saying‘.I was so frustrated and irritated when I finished reading this article that I couldn’t believe in my eyes. I still wonder what kind of manager is suggesting these ideas and how their engineer would react after reading this post. ...

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Don’t just randomize, truly randomize!

The state of web application cryptography has changed, and each development language provides its own way of working with it. I will touch on the current state of random number generation and the differences found with it within the Java and JavaScript development languages. When designing and building web applications, security concerns obviously play a crucial role. The term security ...

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Estimates or #NoEstimates? that is the question

To estimate or not to estimate, to join the #NoEstimates bang-wagon or not, that is the question. Maybe it is a navel gazing exercise for agile-folk but it does seem to be the reoccurring theme. And I can’t get over this feeling that some of my peers think I’m a bit stupid for continuing to support estimates. Complicating matters I’m ...

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From Legacy Code To Testable Code–Introduction

The word “legacy” has a lot of connotations. Mostly bad ones. We seem to forget that our beautiful code gets to “legacy“ status three days after writing it. Michael Feathers, in his wonderful book “Working Effectively With Legacy Code” defined legacy code as code that doesn’t have tests, and there is truth in that, although it took me a while ...

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Neo4j: COLLECTing multiple values

One of my favourite functions in Neo4j’s cypher query language is COLLECT which allows us to group items into an array for later consumption. However, I’ve noticed that people sometimes have trouble working out how to collect multiple items with COLLECT and struggle to find a way to do so. Consider the following data set:         create ...

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Spring WebApplicationInitializer and ApplicationContextInitializer confusion

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These are two concepts that I mix up occasionally – a WebApplicationInitializer and an ApplicationContextInitializer, and wanted to describe each of them to clarify them for myself. I have previously blogged about WebApplicationInitializer here. It is relevant purely in a Servlet 3.0+ spec compliant servlet container and provides a hook to programmatically configure the servlet context. How does this help ...

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Exploring the SwitchYard 2.0.0.Alpha2 Quickstarts

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In one of my last posts I explained how you get started with SwitchYard on WildFly 8.1. In the meantime the project was busy and released another Alpha2. A very good opportunity to explore the quickstarts here and refresh your memory about it. Beside the version change, you can still use the earlier blog to setup you local WildFly 8 ...

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Men in Tech

Background Between my partner and I, we have six daughters, and as they have grown I have thought more interested in their long term future, the role of women in society, the way technology will change our lives and in particular the role of women in technology. On the last topic, all the articles I have read have been written ...

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