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The Internet Is Pseudo-Decentralized

Mon, 2015-01-19 08:00
We mostly view the internet as something decentralized and resilient. And from practical point of view, it almost is. The Web is decentralized – websites reside on many different servers in many different networks and opening each site does not rely on a central server or authority. And there are all these cool peer-to-peer technologies like BitTorrent and Bitcoin that do not rely on any...
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Extend BIRT Dashboards with Disqus Discussion Boards [Code]

Mon, 2015-01-19 08:00
Originally Written by Bill Clark Fourth in a series. Preview Text:  This post will walk you through how to embed a Disqus discussion board – a popular, familiar format your users see every day on the web – in a BIRT Dashboard, as shown above. Legacy Sponsored:  unsponsored ...
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The Best of the Week (Jan 9): Enterprise Integration Zone

Mon, 2015-01-19 08:00
Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Enterprise Integration Zone (January 09 - January 16). Here they are, in order of popularity: 1. Make Agents, Not Frameworks Ever since their introduction, Java annotations have become an integral part of the APIs of larger application frameworks. Preview Text:  ...
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Azure IoT Hackathon

Mon, 2015-01-19 08:00
Yesterday (technically today) I participated in an Microsoft Azure IoT Hackton at IronSource offices.When I heard that several CodeValue consultants were asked to come and I knew I asked if I could tag along. Preview Text:  Yesterday (technically today) I participated in an Microsoft Azure IoT Hackathon at IronSource offices....
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How We Created Scalable UI - A Case Study

Sun, 2015-01-18 08:30
I rarely get to write about projects I've been involved with myself so writing this one makes for a pleasant change. For more than a year I've been working as a consultant embedded as a part of a very talented Android design and dev team at Onefootball. Onefootball, an awesome startup based in Berlin, have been developing apps for multiple platforms to bring football (soccer for my American...
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Unit Testing in AEM (Thinking Out Loud)

Sun, 2015-01-18 08:30
This is not a recommendation of any sorts but a culmination of ideas and a few options that are available for us to use if we want to do unit testing within AEM. I had done some research for a client some time back and this article is largely influenced by that work but a lot of contextual stuff has been pulled out. I have still tried my best to ensure that the article here holds it’s...
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What Customers Want in 2015: Cloud Foundry, OpenStack, Docker and AWS

Sat, 2015-01-17 09:00
I've always believed that tech companies only last in the market by listening to their customers. You can get carried away and add the coolest technology to your product, but if it doesn't provide real business value to the customer, it's useless. Based on discussions with our customers, their focus is on building a solid foundation. They want the cloud technologies they choose to be...
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Lambda Architecture for Big Data

Sat, 2015-01-17 09:00
An increasing number of systems are being built to handle the Volume, Velocity and Variety of Big Data, and hopefully help gain new insights and make better business decisions. Here, we will look at ways to deal with Big Data’s Volume and Velocity simultaneously, within a single architecture solution. Preview Text:  An...
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Productivity Hacks from Top Developers: Kim MacCormack

Sat, 2015-01-17 09:00
Developer productivity is not all about how many lines of code you can write in a day and it’s not about how fast you can complete a given task. In truth there’s no one trait or silver bullet that will help you become a more productive developer. It’s a combination of the practices, tricks and tools that you employ to improve software quality and delivery every day. Preview...
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Geek Reading January 16, 2015

Sat, 2015-01-17 09:00
Today we have some cool news from MIT where they figured out how to watch immune cells communicate. Also from MIT, researchers used evolutionary algorithms to determine how to plan a wind farm with 1000 turbines, a highly complex problem with a cool solution. And finally, Flowing Data shows another fine example of people abusing charts and statistics, a fascinating read as usual. As always,...
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Manifesto Mania: Thoughts on the Half-Arsed Agile and Anti Agile Manifesto

Sat, 2015-01-17 09:00
I came across the following two websites recently: http://www.halfarsedagilemanifesto.org/ http://antiagilemanifesto.com/ And as is so often the case, when you have to smile about it, it hits too close to home. So I wanted to provide my perspective on these. Preview Text:  I recently came across The Half-Arsed Agile Manifesto and the Anti Agile...
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Getting Mutex Information from MySQL's performance_schema

Sat, 2015-01-17 09:00
Written by Miguel Angel Nieto for The MySQL Performance Blog Preview Text:  This is a short blog post to show how to configure performance_schema and get the info we need. The difference is clear. We get much more information from Performance Schema. In my personal opinion, despite the extra resources needed by Performance Schema, the change...
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Ribbon for Java using JavaFX

Sat, 2015-01-17 08:30
The ribbon is a control that was brought up with office and has since been getting progressively more important with its inclusion in windows built in apps like Windows Explorer or MS Paint.It replaces the use of menus, occupies more space but favors discoverability.And so I’ve decided to create this control in java, particularly by using javafx (image below). Preview Text:  ...
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Focus & Do the Simplest Thing Possible

Sat, 2015-01-17 08:30
Are you tired of days spent in front of the screen, with no results to show? Have you once again engaged in yak shaving? Today, after having failed previously, I have finally managed to solve a problem while avoiding this trap by following rigorously two guidelines preached by grandmaster programmers. Be warned: Following this approach, you will get a working solution – but you won’t...
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Title Search: When Relevancy Is Only Skin Deep

Sat, 2015-01-17 08:30
How do users judge that articles, books, and blog posts are relevant to what they’re searching for? What about you? If you’re searching for an article on ‘Socrates’, what might be relevant to you? Preview Text:  A lot of search relevancy work with Solr or Elasticsearch focuses on getting really deep into written prose–the type that occurs...
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Art For Non-Artists

Sat, 2015-01-17 08:30
Like to make a game, but held up somewhat by the practical issue of having absolutely no artistic ability whatsoever? Yep, we feel your pain. Quite thoroughly indeed. But here’s a series of videos to watch that might help you fake it enough to get by – 2D Game Art for Non-Artists Preview Text:  Like to make a game, but held up somewhat by the...
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How the JavaScript Heatmap Implementation Works

Sat, 2015-01-17 08:30
A heatmap is a powerful way to visualize data. Given a matrix of data each value is represented by a color. The implementation of the heatmap algorithm is expensive in computation terms: for each grid’s pixel you need to compute its color from a set of known values. As you could imagine, it is not feasible to implement it on the client side because map rendering would be really...
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Undefining "Technical Debt"

Sat, 2015-01-17 08:30
For me, technical debt is defined pretty loosely as stuff you don’t like in the code and need to change to keep up velocity. However, I’ve seen lots of articles lately discussing a precise definition of “technical debt.” I would sum them up as: Preview Text:  For me, technical debt is defined pretty loosely as stuff you don’t like in the...
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Making Remote Work: Tools

Sat, 2015-01-17 08:30
I recently wrote about my experiences working on a remote team. Within that blog entry you can find a more verbose version of the following text: Preview Text:  I recently wrote about my experiences working on a remote team. This blog entry will list each tool referenced. However, I cannot emphasize enough that this list is a snapshot of what...
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Mobile Developers Shouldn't Have to Think about Battery Usage Any More

Sat, 2015-01-17 08:00
I realize this is potentially controversial but hear me out. Ignoring the devices with massive batteries that can last days. Preview Text:  So, if people have learnt to use their devices so that battery life isn't an issue, I think we're at a point where developers don't need to think about optimising their code to minimize...
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