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Steven Lott02/14/14
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TCP/IP Mysteries and user support

It's not clear, actually, if this involves a TCP/IP "Mystery". What it may involve is a simple lack of ability to communicate. Or something.

Martín Proenza02/13/14
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Programmer life leaks: duplicate the bug

Our skills and customs as programmers always tend to leak into our lives. If you haven't realized, you are probably trying to do everything an agile way. Aren't you? In this article, see one of these leaks in action: duplicating the bug.

Mehdi Daoudi02/13/14
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What The World’s Worst DNA Mixup Teaches Us About Monitoring

The suspect’s DNA had been found at 40 crime scenes, linking her to burglaries, narcotics and six murders. It turns out the infamous ‘phantom’ wasn’t a murderer at all. Police were hunting an innocent factory worker who fatefully handled the same cotton swabs used to collect DNA samples from the crime scenes.

Henrik Warne02/13/14
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Unit Testing Private Methods

My preference is to simply remove the private modifier and make the method package private. Why is this a good idea? I will get to that after I discus the problems with the other methods.

Bogomil Shopov02/13/14
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Mission Possible: Teach Your Clients to Give You a Perfect Bug Reporting, Especially for Design Issues

The client sees the website in a different way, and if there is a problem, they will describe it to you with the words they know. Every developer has spent time talking or chatting or exchanging emails with a client who wants work done, but can't explain what they need in a way the developer can understand.

Lubos Krnac02/12/14
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Mock Private Method

Sometimes you have to extend or maintain a legacy codebase that usually contains few cohesive classes. There often isn't time in this hectic agile world to make such classes easy to unit test the standard way. When you are trying to unit test such classes, you often realize that unusual mocking is needed.

Patroklos Papapetrou02/11/14
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My advice to (junior) developers about their career

The last couple of months I have met several young developers that either looking for the first job or are still trying to get their bachelor degree. Many of them asked me to give them my advice on how they can make their first steps in the software development career. In this post I summarize my advice to all these “young” and ambitious developers. Don’t be fooled by the word young.

David Shepherd02/11/14
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Business DevOps is really what we want…

The idea that the way to increase Agility is to reduce the number of disciplines and replace everything with a super developer who can manage the team, work with the business, write great code, test it and then manage its deployment and support, is a pipe dream

Zac Gery02/11/14
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How Developers Gain Perspective: The Forgotten Approach

In business there are many ways to gain a better perspective about a project Customer visits are a fantastic way to expose developers to actual and/or potential clients. Initiating a visit shows customers a personal level of attention that they rarely get from most companies they interact with.

Vlad Mihalcea02/10/14
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Code Review Best Practices

Code review is a great software instrument and you should definitely use it to improve the quality of your code. But like any other tool, it may be misused sometimes. That’s why I came up with a list of best practices to guide you when reviewing your peers’ code.

Sam Sepassi02/10/14
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Secret Key Import in Java Keystore by Key Replacement Method

Key management is defined as a group of operations such as generating, exchanging, storing and protecting security artifacts. Without effective management of such valuable resources, the system can be easily compromised by attackers.

Peter Verhas02/10/14
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Use Java Annotation Deprecated the Right Way

There is hardly anything more infuriating that seeing a method @Deprecated without a proper documentation. I feel lost. Should I still use the method?

Phil Wilkins02/08/14
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Enterprise Security: A Data-Centric Approach

As an Enterprise Architect, I took an interest in this book as an opportunity to validate my understanding of security and ensure that ,in the design and guidance work that I do, I am providing good insights and directions so that the application architects and developers are both ensuring good security practices.

cyrille martraire02/07/14
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Canary Tests

Canary Tests are minimal tests to quickly and automatically verify that the everything you depend on is ready.

Matthias Marschall02/07/14
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Test Driven Chef Cookbooks With Meez

Getting your arms around all those tools and frameworks needed to write solid, tested cookbooks gets you spinning. You need to install Food Critic, Chef Spec, Berkshelf – and the list goes on. This set up can easily take up to half a day or more.

Konrad Garus02/06/14
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Review: "Version Control with Git, 2nd Edition" by Jon Loeliger

This book is a must-read for all Git users. It’s usable on all levels, from absolute newbie to someone who feels fairly proficient with Git. I’ve been using Git daily for quite a while, and it really helped me understand what is going on. Everything is very accessible, with plenty of examples as small and practical as possible, as well as some images.

Matthias Marschall02/06/14
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DevOps Dudes Comics: Aligning Goals

This installment of the DevOps Dudes series from Matthias Marshall looks at DevOps and mountain climbing.

Mike Bushong02/05/14
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Open Source as the Future of IT

Open source is playing an increasingly important role in IT infrastructure generally. But is open source a natural evolutionary path for all IT disciplines, or are there certain characteristics that make some areas more ripe for open source than others?

Alec Noller02/05/14
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Dev of the Week: Rafael Winterhalter

Every week here and in our newsletter, we feature a new developer/blogger from the DZone community to catch up and find out what he or she is working on now and what's coming next. This week we're talking to Rafael Winterhalter, Java enthusiast and software engineer at Kantega in Oslo, Norway.

Knut W. Hansson02/03/14
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Code Puzzler: Favorite Seats

Given an array of n rows numbered 0 to n-1, each of m seats 0 to m-1, where the cells have values True (meaning the seat is available) or False (meaning the seat is taken). A customer states that his favorite seat is at row x and seat y on that row.

Jakub Holý02/03/14
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A Secret Weapon Against Technical Debt

Technical debt is not the only monster we have to fight – it has a hidden evil twin, as pointed out by Niklas Björnerstedt: Competence Debt. There is an often neglected tool at our fingertips that might help us fight competence debt. Its name is – behold – JavaDoc

Gerard Davison02/03/14
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Post-Hoc Tracing Using a Debugger

One nice little feature of most debuggers that I have been exercising recently is the ability to log information on a breakpoint. This can be a really useful way to understand code without having to modify it or involve byte code modification, and in this article, you'll learn how to do it.

Alexander Helf02/01/14
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Review: Getting Started with Apache Maven

If you want to learn something about Apache Maven, why not try this new video tutorial? After watching the videos, the author thinks it looks like a good starting point. You may find other tutorials on YouTube, but in his opinion, it is worth checking out this course, because it handles all major topics.

Cloudify Community01/31/14
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Intro to Puppet, Installing your First MySQL Service in 5 Minutes

Puppet, a popular configuration management tool, is used by many IT companies to help facilitate and automate the setup of environments. This is a hands on guide for how to quickly install Puppet a MySQL instance in just a couple of minutes.

Zac Gery01/30/14
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Why Am I Developing This?!?

Let's set the scene: The project has been humming along, and a new request comes in for a minor change. It's completed in quick order, QA signs off, but the customers are frustrated and confused. To find clarity, stop focusing on what did happen and dig a little deeper into what didn't happen.