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What’s exciting about Java 9 and Application Performance Monitoring

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Solve App Problems 10x Faster with AppDynamics – Monitor production apps at code-level depth with minimal overhead. Start a FREE Trial! In today’s modern computing age, constant enhancements in software innovations are driving us closer to an era of software revolution. Perhaps in the distant future, that may be how the 21st century is remembered best. Among the popular software ...

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Become a Bona Fide Coder with This Complete, Front-to-Back, 73+ Hour Developer Training Hey fellow geeks, This week, on our JCG Deals store, we have an extreme offer. We are offering Web Hacker Bundle in a a Pay what you want format! How It Works Pay what you want & if that’s less than the average price—you’ll still take home ...

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Culture problems: Agile & ERP part 3

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I suggested some cultural problems with software development in an ERP setting in my second post on Agile and ERP, this time I want to look more closely at the differences in the two cultures. Many of the cultural issues revolved around the fact that ERP tends to happen in a corporate IT environment, and since corporate IT is a ...

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Developing Modern Applications with Scala: Console Applications

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Table Of Contents 1. Introduction 2. UI-less and Command Line Oriented 3. Driven by Arguments 4. The Power of Interactivity 5. Conclusions 6. What’s next 1. Introduction Needless to say that Web and mobile have penetrated very deeply into our lives, affecting a lot our day to day habits and expectations about things. As such, overwhelming majority of the applications ...

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How to Install Your OpenStack Cloud Before Lunch

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What if I told you that you can have your OpenStack Cloud environment setup before you have to stop for lunch? Would you be surprised? Could you do that today? In most cases I am betting your answer would be not possible, not even on your best day. Not to worry, the solution is here and it’s called the QuickStart ...

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How to Get Started with Spark Streaming and MapR Streams Using the Kafka API

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This post will help you get started using Apache Spark Streaming for consuming and publishing messages with MapR Streams and the Kafka API. Spark Streaming is an extension of the core Spark API that enables continuous data stream processing. MapR Streams is a distributed messaging system for streaming event data at scale. MapR Streams enables producers and consumers to exchange events in real time via ...

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Three Tips for Sizing Defect Fixes

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As I’m teaching my Practical Product Owner workshop, some POs are having trouble understanding how big a defect is. Sure, they want to have small(er) stories, but a defect isn’t done until it’s all fixed, and the team has decided if they need automated regression tests added to the smoke tests. So, here are three possibilities for sizing defects: Ask ...

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The Good News – Agile & ERP, part 2

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First the good news: there is a lot of Agile practices which work just fine in an ERP environment. These are mostly the process practices and some from the demand side (i.e. requirements, “what are we going to build”). All of the following work just fine and will improve work of teams in ERP: Stand-up meetings work just fine, but ...

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You’re doing it wrong: Demos

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This series is about practices we do, without understanding why we do them, and therefore may not get the value we want from them. If you too don’t benefit from them, you might be doing it wrong. Iteration planning, Pt. 1 Iteration planning, Pt. 2 Definition of done Demo Done-Done Daily stand-ups Retrospectives Another iteration has passed, and so they ...

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Why is troubleshooting so hard?

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By definition, troubleshooting is supposed to be a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem in order to solve it. Now if you recall the last time you had to troubleshoot a particular issue happening in a production system – would you call it logical and systematic? Or would you agree that words such as hectic and guess-driven ...

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