Dry up your CSS

October 15th, 2014 by Stephen Dunn No comments »

As we start to build websites with mobile first in mind, our stylesheets can get messy really quick. In this article, we’ll talk about making your stylesheets more functional and easier to read at the same time. We will take a quick peek into SASS, and the benefits that it will have over your stylesheets. The focus will be about a common problem that I typically see regarding media queries. At the end of this article I hope that you have a better understanding about making your stylesheets easier to read using SASS. 

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ActiveMQ Memory Tuning

October 2nd, 2014 by Cecil Williams No comments »

ActiveMQ is a great messaging broker.  However, using the default configuration is not recommended. This article will explain how I determined the appropriate ActiveMQ memory settings for one of our clients.

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Put the grunt work behind you

September 18th, 2014 by Stephen Dunn No comments »
gulp-grunt

Gulp is quickly becoming the the leading task runner over grunt. If you are currently using Grunt or even worse, an ant task, then I highly recommend this topic for you. In this write up, we will quickly discuss Grunt, Gulp, and Gulp syntax. 

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Test Driven Groovy: StubFor

July 23rd, 2014 by Akrem Saed No comments »

After years of being immersed in Java development, I must admit that I got spoiled by its strong and mature ecosystem. Hence, whenever I want to pick up a new technology or programming language the following must be there:

  • Support by my favorite IDE (Eclipse or IntelliJ IDEA)
  • Mature building framework. It does not have to be Maven or Gradle but it needs to be at least better than Ant.
  • Easy TDD. This could be the trickiest one to achieve because not only do I need a testing framework, but it must also be supported by my IDE and build tool. Moreover, it must have an adequate mocking framework.

Groovy easily satisfies those criteria right out of the box. It has awesome support by IntelliJ IDEA, Gradle is written in Groovy and you can write JUnit 3-style unit tests.  


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Automated Plant Watering System

June 24th, 2014 by Stephen Dunn No comments »

Taking care of indoor plants can be work, especially if you have many of them.  As you know water plays a major role in the health of plants, so lets automate it!  Automation of watering plants can be cheap, fun and rewarding. 

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Updated TDD Mantra

June 17th, 2014 by Cecil Williams 5 comments »

If you have ever practiced test driven development (TDD), then you are probably familiar with the TDD mantra – red, green, refactor. I’m a big proponent of TDD, but I think the TDD mantra is missing a fourth step. 

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Customizing CSRF Protection In Spring Security

April 30th, 2014 by Ben Kiefer 1 comment »

Starting in Spring Security 3.2, developers gained an easy solution to their Cross-Site Request Forgery problems with Spring’s implementation of the Synchronizer Token Pattern. Spring’s documentation does a great job of explaining Synchronizer Token Pattern and their implementation, so rather than talk about all of that, I’m going to show you how to tweak their configuration so you can have greater control over the urls that are protected.

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How to implement the splitter and aggregator patterns with Apache Camel

January 19th, 2014 by Ghaith Alrabadi 2 comments »

I have found that Apache Camel is a good way to load data from log files into a database. Read on to see how I did this using the splitter and aggregator patterns with Apache Camel.


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A Better Analogy For Agile Software Development?

December 30th, 2013 by Cecil Williams 1 comment »

For years, like many of you, I have been comparing software development to construction. But ever since adopting the agile methodology a decade ago, I have been looking for a better analogy to help me explain agile software development. I recently came up with what I think is that analogy – urban planning. Read on to see if you agree.

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SphinxSearch | Full Text Searching

November 21st, 2013 by Stephen Dunn No comments »

This article explains how to use SphinxSE, Sphinx real time indexing, and set up Sphinx in order to improve search query performance.   First some background about issues surrounding full-text search.

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