The Java Module system: a first look

September 10, 2015

A module system for Java has been a long time coming. Late 2014, a new JSR requirements document (JSR-376) was created to this end. The changes are slated for Java 9. However, no working prototype was available. Until yesterday, that is. There now is an OpenJDK early access build that includes Project Jigsaw.

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On monoliths, microservices and critical thinking

June 10, 2015

Something very interesting happened last week. At first I wasn't sure whether it was a misguided attempt at humor. Sure enough, Twitter timelines switched en masse from advocating microservices to glorifying monoliths. What a strange world we live in.

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The Road to Data Science

October 27, 2014

Data is invariably a large part of the applications we deliver. Thinking about data, we often are concerned with ACID, scalability and other operational aspects. Building an (enterprise) app means we want our data to be safe, accessible and acted upon by our business rules. Sure, there is the occasional reporting need, but usually nothing a few well-placed queries won't be able to solve.

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Facebook announces Apollo at QCon NY 2014

June 11, 2014

Today I attended a talk 'How Facebook Scales Big Data Systems' at QCon NY 2014. It turns out that Jeff Johnson took this opportunity to announce a new project by Facebook: Apollo. The following is a rough transcript of the talk.

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