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Jim Bird12/09/11
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Devops has made Release and Deployment Cool

Back 10 years or so when Extreme Programming came out, it began to change the way that programmers thought about testing. XP made software developers accountable for testing their own code. XPers gave programmers practices like Test-First Development and...

Mitch Pronschinske12/09/11
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Using Solr Cloud, For Real!

Loggly is a cloud based logging service. It helps you collect, index, and store all your log data and then makes it accessible through search for analysis...

Nuno Job12/09/11
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Database Indexes for The Inquisitive Mind

I've used to be a developer advocate an awesome database product called MarkLogic, a NoSQL Document Database for the Enterprise. Now it's pretty frequent that people ask me about database stuff. In here I'm going to try to explain some fun stuff you can do...

Roger Hughes12/09/11
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Some Definitions - Testing Techniques 9

I think that I’m coming to the end of my series of blogs on testing techniques, and it feels like it’s been along haul. One of the things that has become clearer to me is that approaches to testing are still in their infancy and as such are a definite...

Wayne Adams12/09/11
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From OO to FP: Haskell I/O, Part 2

In my Part-1 post on this topic, we actually did all the I/O I'm going to do here. We lazily read in the entire sample data file, a file containing data describing events generated by a process monitor. My next goal was to re-hydrate my Events from the...

Bozhidar Bozhanov12/09/11
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Fix That Code Immediately!

You are working on that fresh project and you see a bad piece of code somewhere. The wrong way to approach it is “nah, that’s someone else’s code, I’m not doing anything about it”, “I don’t have time to fix that – I have other tasks”,...

James Sugrue12/09/11
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Christmas Gift Ideas For Software Developers

Not everything is free, or open source, in a developer's life. If you're looking for inspiration about what to get for that special programmer in your life this Christmas, here are some ideas that would make excellent gifts.  

Pablo Pareja Tobes12/08/11
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Bio4j + AWS CloudFormation = your own fresh baked DB in less than a minute!

Hi! So this week it was time to finally start using CloudFormation together with Bio4j. For those not familiar with this AWS service, quoting from their site: AWS CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators an easy way to create and manage a...

Matthias Marschall12/08/11
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DevOps is NOT a Job Description

The DevOps hype produces some strange effects. Not only do tool vendors try to jump on the DevOps band wagon by declaring their products “DevOps inside” or listing DevOps as a feature, but companies start to look for a “DevOp” in their job ads....

Ruslan Synytsky12/08/11
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Evolution of Java PaaS toward standards and developer control

You’ve created the next amazing blockbuster Java application and now need to find a server to run it, looking for a service which would be cost-effective, elastic, compatible with your application and tools, and not trying to lock you in.

Alex Staveley12/08/11
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Ant vs. Maven: An Entertaining Look at the Arguments

There are many ways to organise build systems for Java projects. The two most predominant are probably still Ant and Maven.  Debates between the two tend to go around in circles with the balance now swinging towards maven - since IDE support has got...

Mitch Pronschinske12/08/11
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Understanding & Visualising Solr 'explain' Information

This talk and presentation by Rafal Kuc, a DZone MVB, is about how to use, understand and visualize Solr 'explain' information—essential output from Solr...

Dustin Marx12/08/11
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Recent Community Conversation on Scala

For several years now, I've thought about investing more time and effort into learning and trying out Scala. However, there always seems to be something else that I run across that moves ahead in the queue of things I want to examine more closely. With ...

Alex Staveley12/08/11
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Musing on mis-usings: 'Powerful use, Damaging misuse'

There's an old phrase attributed to the former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli which states there are three types of lies: "lies, damn lies and statistics".  The insinuation here is that statistics are so easy to make up they are...

Andrzej Krzywda12/08/11
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Continuous integration - some tips

A continuous integration server is a must for every non-basic project. Here are some of my tips for working with CI servers. NotificationsIRC, email, campfire - use what fits best for you. Ideally, the notification should come with some info about the code...