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Ken Rimple05/31/12
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Spock and Roo = Easier Add-on Testing

Before I was a Roo in Action author, I was a huge fan of Grails. I still am, because Groovy + your favorite APIs is so much more concise to program against than with stock Java. So, one of my backburner projects was getting Groovy to work on Roo.

Alex Staveley05/31/12
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Book review: 'Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?'

You need to toss a coin for a football match. The only coin you have is bent and biased towards one outcome. How do you use the coin and ensure a fair toss?

Roger Jennings05/31/12
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Executing an Elastic MapReduce Hive Workflow from the AWS Management Console

This post is an amalgamation of different how-tos and articles, and it includes an illustrated guide to creating a feature_index file, and how to create an Interactive Hadoop on Azure Table from the feature_index file.

James Sugrue05/31/12
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The Most Popular Language This Month Is....

The most popular language of this month? Well it depends which source you use. For example, I checked out the TIOBE index as well as the top language used in GitHub projects. Would you be surprised that Java was not number 1 on either listing?

Chris Haddad05/30/12
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Will IT Culture Kill Cloud?

Gartner analysts have suggested that “If you’re going to operate like a cloud provider, you will need to be willing to fire almost everyone in this room.” Here's my take.

Adam Warski05/30/12
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Introducing ElasticMQ: Scala SQS Alternative

Wanting to explore Scala and some new Scala/Java libraries I started writing ElasticMQ. It is a simple message queueing system, following closely Amazon SQS semantics and exposing a REST SQS-like interface

Tony Russell-rose05/30/12
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How do You Measure the Impact of Tagging on Search Retrieval?

A client of mine wants to measure the difference between manual tagging and auto-classification on unstructured documents, focusing in particular on its impact on retrieval (i.e. relevance ranking). At the moment they are considering two contrasting approaches...

Spike Morelli05/30/12
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The Problems With Having 'DevOps' in a Job Title

It’s been a while since I posted about why devops makes sense in a job title and a few weeks and a few discussions later I have a some thoughts that you might find useful if you decide to go down the same path.

Sean Hull05/30/12
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The 5 Point Checklist Backup and Recovery in EC2

Learn the 5 keys to backing up resources on Amazon EC2, which include performing multiple types of backups keeping non-proprietary backups offsite and a few other tips...

James Sugrue05/30/12
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Thursday Code Puzzler: Two Generals

This weeks code puzzler is the Two Generals problem, designed to test out how you can deal with communication protocols.

Ron Gross05/30/12
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Why You Should Write a Blog Post Today

Blogging was quite a trend a few years ago, but with the rise of Facebook & Twitter, it’s fallen out of favor with some. Well, I’m here to tell you that you should open your own blog today, and if you own a blog but haven’t posted in a while … you should come back to it and post some more.

Jos Dirksen05/30/12
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Stop Labeling Everything as an Impedance Mismatch!

I recently ran across an article that was talking (again) about the Object-Relational mismatch. And just like in many articles this mismatch is called the Object-Relational Impedance mismatch.

Jens Schauder05/30/12
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Plans for My Next Project

About two years ago I made some plans for my next project. My time on that project is almost over because I’m switching companies. So it is time to review those plans and make new plans for the next project.

Alan Skorkin05/30/12
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Why Developers Never Use State Machines

I decided to engage in a bit of introspection and figure out why we tend to manage our "state" and "status" fields in an ad-hoc fashion rather than doing what is clearly called for.

Martin Thompson05/30/12
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Applying Back Pressure When Overloaded

How should a system respond when under sustained load? Should it keep accepting requests until its response times follow the deadly hockey stick, followed by a crash? All too often this is what happens unless a system is designed to cope with the case of more requests arriving than is it capable of processing