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How to write less and better code, or Project Lombok

I have long intended to write about Project Lombok, so much so that I am probably doing it when every self-respecting Java developer has already heard about it. Nevertheless, it is worth mentioning, if only to remind myself that one should not hesitate to try performance-enhancing tools and see if they fit, and Lombok is certainly enhancing performance of a Java-coder by allowing to simultaneously write less code and have better quality code. Continue reading

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Out of sight, out of mind, or How to be productive when working remotely

We live in a world where technology seemingly lessens the need for actual office space. In IT industry especially, there seems to be less and less sense to actually come to work. At some point, telecommuting was all the rage, … Continue reading

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Speaking at conferences: a viewer’s perspective

I have been at two conferences very recently. The first one was a Devoxx conference in Belgium, the other one was GoTo Berlin 2017. Both were quite interesting and had some great speakers. But being a spectator, I was noticing some things which help give great talks… and which don’t. So, what are some do’s and don’ts that I could name? Continue reading

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Common libraries in Java and where to find them

There’s a lot of utility Java libraries that many projects use as a matter of fact. However, some developers still either remain blissfully unaware that they exists, or “do not want to include too many unnecessary dependencies”, or just don’t … Continue reading

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Our Rockstars Are Not Like Your Rockstars, or Andrew Ng is back

Do you remember Andrew Ng? I am going to remind you anyway. Six years ago University of Stanford launched three online software courses called Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Introduction to Databases. (I registered for ML and DB then). The … Continue reading

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Developers Ecosystem in 2017: JetBrains survey

Recently JetBrains conducted an extended survey about the developers ecosystem, that is, what languages/frameworks the developers are using, in which companies they work (by size), what is the demographical situation etc. The survey obviously mainly covers the users of JetBrains products, so it is not the whole dev ecosystem, but it is interesting still. Continue reading

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Spring Retry, because Winter is coming

OK, this is actually not about the winter, which as we all know has already come. It is about Spring Retry, a small Spring Framework library that allows us to add retry functionality to any task that should be retryable. Continue reading

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