JavaLand 2015 Wrap Up
After months of preparation, it all came down to three days of intense execution, and I was just one speaker. I can only marvel at the logistical acumen that was on display from the JavaLand and DOAG team. I had an action packed agenda: two conference sessions, two Early Adopter's Area (EAA) session, and one training day session. Thrown into the mix were a couple 1:1...
on Mar 30, 2015
Cross posted from weblogs.java.net/blog/arungupta/archive/2015/03/22/minecraft-modding-course-elementary-school-teach-java-kids
Exactly two years ago, I wrote a blog on Introducing Kids to Java Programming using Minecraft. Since then, Devoxx4Kids has delivered numerous Minecraft Modding workshops all around the world. The workshop material is all publicly accessible at bit.ly/d4k-minecraft. In...
on Mar 22, 2015
JavaLand 2015 Early Adopter's Area
With only 25 business days to go until JavaLand 2015, now's a good time to share the plans for the Early Adopter's area and Hackergarten. As at many other Java community conferences, this is a space where anyone can visit and meet with leaders of different parts of the Java ecosystem to see first hand what's new in their own little patch of the Java world. The...
on Feb 16, 2015
JavaLand 2015 Conference Picks
With only 44 business days to go until JavaLand 2015, I’d like to share my conference picks. I’m including my sessions for completeness, and naturally I recommend you attend them, but I’ll also include an alternate that I’d attend if I wasn’t speaking at that time.
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
0900, Wintergarden, Welcome Keynote: 20 Years...
on Jan 16, 2015
I thought some of you might be interested in hearing about Java and the Java dev team at a startup that's grown beyond the initial stage. Nexmo is a four year old startup headquartered in San Francisco but with the engineering team based out of techhub London; and is already one of the worlds largest cloud communications companies (cloud communications provides any application with the ability to...
on Mar 16, 2015
Over on my timboudreau.com blog - how I learned to stop worrying and love Maven.
on Mar 8, 2015
Imagine if, for example, the hypervisors that run EC2 were compromised - imagine almost every business you deal with online compromised, all at once. This is the never-talked-about problem with the cloud - over on my timboudreau.com blog.
on Mar 8, 2015
By John Sonmez, Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual
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Now that you’re thinking about your software development career as a business, it’s time to start defining the goals you have for this business.
Not everyone is alike. You might have a very different set of goals for your career...
on Jan 15, 2015
By Christopher W. H. Davis, Continuous Improvement
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The book Continuous Improvement walks the reader through the collection and analysis of data to provide metrics that guide the continuous improvement of agile teams. Each chapter ends in a case study outlining the application of this technique with specific...
on Feb 23, 2015
By Konstantinos Kapelonis, Java Testing with Spock
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In the Java world, there has been so far only one solution for unit tests. The venerable JUnit framework is the obvious choice and has become almost synonymous with unit testing. JUnit has the largest mind share among developers who are entrenched in their...
on Feb 19, 2015
By Debasish Ghosh, Functional and Reactive Domain Modeling
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One of the most important aspects of domain model API design is the specification of the API itself. The specification should be concise, clear and easily understandable by the client. While using object oriented techniques we use...
on Jan 26, 2015
Web Development Tools
By Stephan Hochhaus and Manuel Schoebel, excerpted from Meteor in Action
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Oftentimes usernames and passwords are not the only option you want to give your users to log into an application. Being able to use an existing account to log into a site lowers the barrier of signing up by not having to type in a single bit of...
on Feb 12, 2015
Bunyan is a NodeJS library that rethinks logging in some really useful ways. I wrote a Java port you can use in your applications.
In particular, with Bunyan, logs are JSON - and Bunyan comes with a great filtering and analysis tool.
The Java port uses some innovative techniques to make logging simple and foolproof - in particular, a use of AutoCloseable to make a logging code simple and...
on Jan 18, 2015
I've just finished tuning a client's application where one of the items on the table was to find the source of calls to System.gc(). Using Censum made easy work of understanding the source of the calls. The team I was working with not only missed that these calls to System.gc() where creating havoc with their end users experience, they didn't even realize that something, some where was messing...
on Jan 27, 2015
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Ok, that may be just a tiny bit over the top, but most likely there is a bit of truth to it as well. You know how to install Cordova, how to generate native binaries from HTML, and how to make use of fancy device features with plugins. That’s all fairly straightforward: Install a SDK, install the command line tool...
on Jan 18, 2015
Yay, another video blog post! Since the last one on managing campaigns with a new Magnolia app was so well liked by the audience, I figured I'd give it another try - this time, on a completely different topic, though. In just a couple minutes, I want to show you how easy it is to get Magnolia running with Bluemix - IBM's cloud platform that helps developers rapidly build, manage and run web and...
on Jan 15, 2015
Validating Oracle Java Cloud Service HA
One of my favorite applications from my Sun Java System Application Server days was the Cluster JSP Sample Application. In a cluster configuration fronted by a load balancer, this simple JSP provides a nice summary of which cluster node handled the request as well as the ability to test session failover. Therefore, why not try it on the Oracle Java Cloud...
on Jan 7, 2015
SQL will become one of the most prolific use cases in the Hadoop ecosystem, according to Forrester Research. Apache Drill is an open source SQL query engine for big data exploration. REST services and clients have emerged as popular technologies on the Internet. Apache HBase is a hugely popular Hadoop NoSQL database. This blog post discusses combining all of these technologies: SQL, Hadoop, Drill...
on Jan 6, 2015
I had the pleasure to review JavaServer Faces: Introduction by Example by Josh Juneau which has been published by Apress in December 2014.
The highlight of the book was the simplicity with which Josh has covered some of the most complicated topics related to JavaServer Faces (JSF).
I like how smoothly and seamlessly he can transition from the simple recipes to the more involved and detailed...
on Jan 6, 2015
Redis is good for prototyping, shared memory, messaging, caching and maximum performance. It might be used orthogonally and/or complementary to your SQL relational store, and/or NoSQL document store. For example, Redis might be used to cache dimensional aggregates of relational data for analytical purposes.
It's use-case as "persistent shared memory" is important especially for microservices and...
on Dec 31, 2014