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Leaner Java Collections with FastUtil

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In response to my recent post Discovering a Trove of Java Primitives Collection Handling on the GNU Trove library, TheAlchemist pointed out some advantages of fastutil over trove: “I much prefer fastutil (http://fastutil.di.unimi.it/), because it’s still in active development, has more features, supports large sizes (> 2^32), and has better documentation.” Attila-Mihaly Balazs has seconded this: “I second @TheAlchemist’s recommendation ...

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Introducing Cucumber for Java + STANDARD Values

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As software developers, we all have our favorite tools for making us successful. Many are perfect for the job when getting started but are soon outgrown. Others require too much setup and training to “dip your toes in the water” just to simply find out if they are the right tool. Cucumber JVM is a testing framework that enhances JUnit ...

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Why Docker containers are not used widely in Enterprises?

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I am a great admirer of Solomon Hykes, whose company dotCloud seed financed by Trinity Ventures, went south and was on the verge being sold for peanuts. Then Solomon and close collaborators did something crazy: they decided to open source the container technology they had built for dotCloud. His investors were against it, yet Dan Scholnick , an open minded ...

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Significant Software Development Developments of 2015

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This post is my personal and opinionated assessment of some of the most significant developers related to software development in 2015. My previous years’ assessment are available for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007. As with these previous years’ assessments, this assessment of 2015’s major developments in software development are obviously biased, opinionated, and limited to my ...

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Containers Will Change the Game Server Hosting Industry

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The last 12 months have seen some exciting Docker developments for game servers. The core product has become significantly more mature, the user base has grown considerably, and a number of advanced features have emerged solving many of the core barriers to containerization of game servers and other opinionated applications. We’ve also seen a number of exciting new products and ...

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Analysis: Google Moving to OpenJDK, What That Really Means

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I’ve been following the news breaking since yesterday as a hacker news post highlighted that an Android commit included OpenJDK files. This is amazing news and a huge step forward for Java, its still unclear if this is just another move or the inkling of a settlement between Google and Oracle but I’m very hopeful that this is indeed a ...

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The Recruiter Manifesto

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It’s no secret that many agency recruiters behave unethically. As much as I enjoy getting paid to help companies grow and to assist job seekers in finding better opportunities, it is sometimes difficult to be enthusiastic about my industry. There is a segment of the technology population that assumes I must be unethical based on the industry I’m in, which ...

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