Software developers are not particularly keen on maintaining build scripts. Sure, they will do their part in making things work and they’ll even have a go at optimizing the most necessary parts. But they prefer to spend their time writing production code using a ‘real language’, because they feel it better supports their desire for […]

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Most developers prefer to spend their time writing code instead of performing build script maintenance. Build scripting may be an essential part of the software development process. However it often lacks maintainability which makes applying and deploying changes a tedious job. So it’s important to make sure your build system encourages simplicity and that changes […]

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Love it or hate it (and a lot of people seem to hate it), Maven is a widely used tool. We can consider that Maven has been the de-facto standard build tool for Java over the last 10 years. Most experienced developers already got their share of Maven headaches. Unfortunately, new developers are going through […]

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RebelLabs regularly dusts-down its virtual clipboards to survey developers and create reports from their findings. Its 2016 Developer Productivity Report results are just in contain some interesting findings.   One revealing element of the survey shows the preferred IDE of sampled respondents being IntelliJ, over it’s free-to-use alternative Eclipse. Simon Maple, Head of Developer Advocacy at ZeroTurnaround, RebelLabs parent […]

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This is a guest post from Andrew Morgan, Consultant at OpenCredo. In order to be able to regularly release an application, your automated tests must be set up to give you fast and reliable feedback loop. If bugs are only found during a long and expensive multi-service or end-to-end test run, it can be a […]

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Schalk Cronjé talks to Voxxed about his work writing plugins for Gradle. We also discuss the events that shook the Groovy community earlier this year when the language moved across to the Apache Foundation. Filmed at Devoxx MA 2015.

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Santa Clara based DevOps favourite JFrog has just set version 4 of Artifactory – a universal artifact repository tool – live. And with this release, the frogs are singing about high availability, a  secure Docker registry, npm repository and support for Maven, Gradle, Nuget, Yum, PyPI  and other technologies. It also comes packed with a […]

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At long last, Payara Embedded and Payara Micro are on Maven Central, allowing you to set them as dependencies and use them in your projects. In this blog I’ll briefly cover how to do this. I assume if you’re reading this you already have a Maven project set up, so I’ll start from there. If […]

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Have you heard about Docker? Most likely. If not, don’t worry, I’ll try to summarise it for you. Docker is probably one of the hottest technologies at the moment. It has the potential to revolutionise the way we build, deploy and distribute applications. At the same time, it’s already having a huge impact in the development […]

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Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away This quote by the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery epitomises that often, less is more. This is true for architects, artists, designers, writers, runners, software developers, or in any other profession. Simplicity, minimalism, cutting down the cruft always goes […]

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