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Marvel's Superheroic REST API

Fri, 2014-02-14 08:25
Recently Marvel comics released a REST api that allows developers to access comic book characters and their associated comics and stories. I know how cool is this! This post will take you through some sample code and show you how to get information back from their API. Here are the pre-requistes needed before proceeding. Preview Text:  Recently...
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Taming Asynchronous Tasks in JavaScript with Zone.js

Fri, 2014-02-14 08:20
I recently learned about a new project by the Angular team called Zone. This project is one of those rare gems that is only a few lines of code but is so groundbreaking it literally takes time to wrap your mind around it. The easiest way to get started with Zone is to watch the excellent talk by its creator, Brian Ford. Preview Text:  In a...
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“The Cloud Never Goes Down”, Azure SLAs and Other Availability Trivia

Fri, 2014-02-14 08:00
“The Cloud” is infinite. It can scale to eternity. It’s entirely redundant and resilient to any outage. Except when it isn’t: Preview Text:  There are a lot of moving parts in these systems and every now and then, stuff goes wrong. Not often and even less frequently beyond what the scope of the SLAs provision for, the point is that...
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The Hardest Task SaaS Faces is Getting Users to Invest in Your Product

Fri, 2014-02-14 08:00
Interview with Stu Green Founder of Project Bubble Anyone who works in the development or implementation of SaaS has a lot on their plate. We are always looking for ways to simplify our own routine and to simplify how our product is used and implemented. This week I caught up with Stu Green- founder & CEO of an interesting initiative “Project bubble”. We spoke on topics that are...
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Integrate Social Sign On in your PHP apps using HybridAuth

Fri, 2014-02-14 08:00
  Integrating social sign-ons in a web application can become a tedious task because you need to take care of different endpoints, credentials and finally manage the oauth dance to get the access token. However, using HybridAuth package, this task can be easy as pie. Let’s have a look. Preview Text:  Integrating social sign-ons in a web...
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The "Stickiness" of the Network Effect in the Enterprise

Fri, 2014-02-14 08:00
[This article originally written by Phil Heyneker.]“So, this enterprise thing is real.” That’s how Bloomberg’s Ari Levy kicked off our enterprise CEO panel last night with our CEO Todd McKinnon, Coupa’s Rob Bernshteyn, Jive Software’s Tony Zingale and Veeva System’s Peter Gassner. Preview Text:  The top eight...
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On Java Collection Waste

Thu, 2014-02-13 09:30
This post comes from Kairi Kangro at the Plumbr blog. This article is about overhead posed by one of the most popular frameworks used – I bet there is close to no applications where the java.util.Collections is not used. Preview Text:  This article is about overhead posed by one of the most popular frameworks used – I bet there is close to no...
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What The World’s Worst DNA Mixup Teaches Us About Monitoring

Thu, 2014-02-13 09:00
The suspect’s DNA had been found at 40 crime scenes, linking her to burglaries, narcotics and six murders. She was Germany’s most-wanted serial killer with a $400,000 bounty on her head, yet no one knew who she was. 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...
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Can you grok Agile without a programming background?

Thu, 2014-02-13 09:00
The last fourteen years have been strange. The Agile movement, which was spawned out of the controversy over Extreme Programming, skyrocketed into success, and was subsequently taken over by the project managers who all but pushed the programmers out. We’ve seen the creation, the wild success, and the corresponding (and predictable) impotence, of certifications… We’ve experienced...
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Stabilizing Teams for Agile Practice

Thu, 2014-02-13 09:00
"No civilization...would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change".- Hannah Arendt IntroductionA few weeks ago we looked at how to build transparency - the first step towards agile transformation. We saw how an elementary Kanban board can be used to promote visibility in three key areas of team-based production: Preview...
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MapReduce Algorithms: Understanding Data Joins, Part II

Thu, 2014-02-13 08:50
It’s been awhile since I last posted, and like last time I took a big break, I was taking some classes on Coursera. Preview Text:  In this post, we resume our series on implementing the algorithms found in Data-Intensive Text Processing with MapReduce, this time covering map-side joins. As we can guess from the name, map-side joins join data...
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Neo4j 2.0.0: Optimising a Football Query

Thu, 2014-02-13 08:40
A couple of months ago I wrote a blog post explaining how I’d applied Wes Freeman’s Cypher optimisation patterns to a query – since then Neo4j 2.0.0 has been released and I’ve extended the model so I thought I’d try again. The updated model looks like this: Preview Text:  A couple of months ago the author wrote a blog post explaining how...
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Why Everyone Hates Operator Overloading

Thu, 2014-02-13 08:33
… no, don’t tell me you like Perl. Because you don’t. You never did. It does horrible things. It makes your code look like… Preview Text:  … no, don’t tell me you like Perl. Because you don’t. You never did. It does horrible things. It makes your code look like… Legacy Sponsored:  ...
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Unit Testing Private Methods

Thu, 2014-02-13 08:27
How can you unit test private methods? If you google this question, you find several different suggestions: test them indirectly, extract them into their own class and make them public there, or use reflection to test them. All these solutions have flaws. 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...
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Transparent PATCH Support in JAX-RS 2.0

Thu, 2014-02-13 08:19
The PATCH method is one the the less well loved HTTP methods simple because until recently there really wasn't a standard PATCH format. Preview Text:  The PATCH method is one the the less well loved HTTP methods simple because until recently there really wasn't a standard PATCH format. Legacy Sponsored:  ...
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Defining an SOA Governance Approach

Thu, 2014-02-13 08:15
Service Oriented Architecture initiative success requires creating loosely coupled consumer-provider connections, enforcing a separation of concerns between consumer and provider, exposing a set of re-usable, shared services, and gaining service consumer adoption. Many teams find a SOA or REST focus may not improve IT agility, but result in simply swapping out IT toolsets, message...
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What it Means to be PaaS

Thu, 2014-02-13 08:00
There is a lot of confusion about "PaaS" and what it means. The definitions are vast, vague and varying. The market and the media are understandably confused. Preview Text:  There is a lot of confusion about "PaaS" and what it means. The definitions are vast, vague and varying. The market and the media are understandably confused. This...
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Managing Configurations with Apache Commons Configuration

Thu, 2014-02-13 08:00
When building long running applications you are likely to run into a number of requirements related to configurations. Lets look at what those might be. 1. Managing multiple configuration sources 2. Ability to reload configurations when they change on disk 3. Ability to persist changes to configuration files Preview Text:  When building long...
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Samsung Delivers a Pile of Failure in Their Olympic App

Thu, 2014-02-13 08:00
Preview Text:  What Samsung has done with their first-time experience is stunning. To the author, this is by far the worst that he's seen. In this article, you'll find a review of the design and UX of Samsung's Olympic app, and it's really not positive. Legacy Sponsored:  ...
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Mission Possible: Teach Your Clients to Give You a Perfect Bug Reporting, Especially for Design Issues

Thu, 2014-02-13 07:45
Let’s start this story with another story: Preview Text:  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...
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