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How to Brag: Describing Accomplishments on Resumes

Almost all of a resume’s useful content can be categorized in one of three ways. Responsibilities – Something that was part of the job on an ongoing basis. Skills / Traits – These may be referenced as part of an introductory profile/summary at the top or in a skills section. I’ve learned that many people have difficulty differentiating between skills and traits, ...

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Interview Prep: Ready for Storytime?

Interview preparation often means different things to technologists depending on their level of experience. It seems that more and more material written about interview prep seems focused on junior level developer interviews at the most visible employers (“the Big 4”), causing worried job seekers to spend hours memorizing algorithms and data structures or the code to the most commonly asked ...

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Counting in Streams: A Hierarchy of Needs

This post is based on the talk I gave at the Strata/Hadoop World conference in San Jose on March 31, 2016. You can find the slide set here, and you can also find this on the dataArtisans blog here. Continuous counting In this post, we focus on a seemingly simple, extremely widespread, but surprisingly difficult (in fact, an unsolved) problem in ...

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Integration Architecture with Java EE and Spring

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The O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference in New York happens this week. And I had the pleasure to give a tutorial together with Josh Long about how to integrate Java EE and Spring. We’ve been joking about this one since a while. The super stupid biased view onto both technologies which some people have in mind was something that bugged both of ...

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Data aggregation with Spring Data MongoDB and Spring Boot

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MongoDB aggregation framework is designed for grouping documents and transforming them into an aggregated result. The aggregation query consists in defining several stages that will be executed in a pipeline. If you are interested in more in-depth details about the framework, then mongodb docs are a good point to start. The point of this post is to write a web ...

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Platforms always win

The blogger in me is always alert. Usually I don’t feel it is there, sleeping like my dog at my side, while I work. Browsing through Harvard Business Review, April 2016, I discovered a series of articles about pipeline versus platform products. The first one  Pipelines, Platforms, and the New Rules of Strategy starts like this: Back in 2007 the five ...

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How to Generate Customized Java 8 Code with Plugins

One thing most programmers hate is to write boilerplate code. Endless hours are spent setting up entity classes and configuring database connections. To avoid this you can let a program like Speedment Open Source generate all this code for you. This makes it easy to get a database project up and running with minimal manual labour, but how do you ...

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Product Owner Manager – Alone Together

Product owners and product managers.  Two roles, often done by one person.  Together, the product people need to take an organization’s strategy, figure out the appropriate product strategy, and convert that into actionable work for the delivery teams to create the right product.  What does the product manager own, and for what is the product owner responsible? Product Management Overlaps A ...

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Five Tips for Introducing Product Management to Your Company

Summary Product management plays a vital role in the digital age: it enables innovation and growth. It’s therefore not surprising that more and more companies establish product management groups—including retailers, publishers, and banks that traditionally don’t employ product managers. But successfully introducing product management is not easy: I have seen a number of businesses struggle with this challenge. This post ...

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