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Which is better option: Cloning or Copy constructors?

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Here is how I started writing this article. I have read this statement so many times: “Cloning becomes difficult when the object has references to mutable final fields.” And every time I google about it, understand what exactly this means and as part of the process forget about it too. So thought I would blog this so that this will ...

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Performance Reviews Are Not Useful; Feedback Is

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I have received some wonderful feedback from some of my managers. Back when I was a young engineer, one of my managers gave me the feedback at an annual review that I didn’t quite finish my projects. “Oh, you mean on the project I just finished last week?” I wanted to know if it was just that one. I thought ...

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Why You Are Overpaid

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I wrote Why You Make Less Money in early 2013, which attempted to account for the many reasons some technology professionals make less than others with similar qualifications. Underpaying employees (defined as below market rate, which can admittedly be difficult to truly know) will cause problems for both the employee and his/her employer, but overpaying also creates some challenges on both sides ...

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Using database views in Grails

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This post is a quick explanation on how to use database views in Grails. For an introduction I tried to summarize what database views are. However, I noticed I cannot describe it better than it is already done on Wikipedia. Therefore I will just quote the Wikipedia summary of View (SQL) here:           In database theory, ...

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Simple Message Queue using Redis

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In this posts we will use Redis as a simple message queue, using list commands. Let’s say we have an application that allows the users to upload a photo. Then in the application we display the photo in different sizes like Thumb, Medium and Large. In a first implementation we could have the task of processing the uploaded image in ...

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What’s new in Spring

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Let’s check on some new releases announced by the Spring community over the previous days: Spring Boot 1.0.0.RC1 Spring was pleased to announce the first release candidate of Spring Boot v1.0.0. It contains a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous milestone. Binaries have been published to the Spring Maven Repository. The project page is updated with download ...

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Something to Consider as Java Tops the Programming Charts

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The following is a contributed article from Dennis Chu of Coverity: Something to Consider as Java Tops the Programming Charts By Dennis Chu, Senior Product Manager, Coverity For development teams, it may be obvious: Java is one of the top programming languages today. Approximately 9 million developers are currently working in Java; it’s said to be running on three billion ...

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Can you Learn and Improve without Agile Retrospectives? Of course you can…

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Retrospectives – bringing the team together on a regular basis to examine how they are working and identify where and how they can improve – are an important part of Agile development. Scrum and “Inspect and Adapt” So important that Schwaber and Sutherland burned retrospectives into Scrum at the end of every Sprint, to make sure that teams will continuously ...

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Proof-of-Concept Using Spring Roo

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In my time with Keyhole, I’ve been involved in a number of projects where the client was asking us to rewrite a legacy system while retaining their existing database. Sometimes it helps to give a quick demo on how using current technologies can make it easier to develop, test, and maintain their code. One way I’ve found to get a ...

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