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Negotiation for Contract-To-Hire Jobs

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I was recently asked a question on Reddit about a specific contract-to-hire (C2H) scenario that I hadn’t given much thought to recently. With the prevalence of C2H (sometimes called ‘try before you buy’ in the recruiting world) in the market today, I thought the topic was worthy of full exploration. What Is Contract-to-hire? For those unfamiliar, contract-to-hire is where a ...

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Apache NetBeans?

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It’s fairly common to have significant announcements related to the world of Java released in the days and weeks leading up to JavaOne. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that we’re seeing some significant Java-related announcements just prior to JavaOne 2016 that begins next week. One announcement is Mark Reinhold‘s Proposed schedule change for JDK 9 in which Reinhold ...

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Conclusion: Agile & ERP, part 5

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The story so far… Agile & ERP? The Good News about Agile & ERP ERP Culture v. Agile Culture Th Bad News about Agile & ERP Where does this leave us? For a modern software developer, who understand agile and is well versed in the current ways of working encountering an ERP system is like stepping back 20 or perhaps ...

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RabbitMQ retries using Spring Integration

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I recently read about an approach to retry with RabbitMQ here and wanted to try a similar approach with Spring Integration, which provides an awesome set of integration abstractions. TL;DR the problem being solved is to retry a message(in case of failures in processing) a few times with a large delay between retries(say 10 mins +). The approach makes use of ...

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Microbenchmarking comes to Java 9

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I have not written article here for a few months and this will also continue with this exception. I plan to return writing around next year March. Explanation at the end of the this article. Wait! Not exactly at the end, because you could just scroll down. It is somewhere towards the end of the article. Just read on! Three ...

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AutoCommit in PostgreSQL’s psql

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One potential surprise for someone familiar with Oracle database‘s SQL*Plus when being introduced to PostgreSQL database‘s psql may be psql‘s default enabling of autocommit. This post provides an overview of psql’s handling of autocommit and some related nuances. By default, Oracle’s SQL*Plus command-line tool does not automatically commit DML statements and the operator must explicitly commit these statements as part ...

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Should you slap the next person selling you cloud-native?

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Does the prospect of slapping someone get your attention, or is it the term cloud-native architectures? I would hope it is the last, but if not stay tuned. Let’s dig into why this terminology has become so clouded. Sorry for the pun, but that is what it is, taking age old problems and putting it into new exciting terminology. Let’s ...

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Rebutting 5 Common Stream Tropes

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I’ve just finished reading “1 Exception To The Power of JDK 8 Collectors” and I have to say that I am pretty disappointed. Simon Ritter, Java champion, former Java evangelist at Oracle, and now Deputy CTO at Azul Systems (the guys with the cool JVM), wrote it so I expected some interesting insights into streams. Instead the post comes down ...

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Configure AWS Elastic Beanstalk application to use SSL

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In this post I show you how to set up HTTPS for an application (REST API) running on AWS Elastic Beanstalk. This post is the last in a serie of three. As described in my previous two post I have performed the first two steps to obtain a SSL certificate for my subdomain and I am ready to use it ...

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The Bad News: Agile & ERP, part 4

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The story so far… Part 1: Agile & ERP introduced Part 2: Good News: Agile can work with ERP! Part 3: Culture: How Agile & ERP cultures conflict In this mini-series I’m discussing Agile development on ERP systems. If you are doing this and you’ve just Googled “Agile and ERP” there is a good chance you’ve found this blog because… ...

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