Category Archives: Enterprise Programmer

Master Map-Reduce Job – The One and Only ETL Map-Reduce Job you will ever have to write!

It’s fitting that my first article on Big Data would be titled the “Master Map-Reduce Job”. I believe it truly is the one and only Map-Reduce job you will every have to write, at least for ETL (Extract, Transform and … Continue reading

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Synthetic Transactions and Capability Monitoring of your Enterprise Architecture

Back in my days at Lehman Brothers, I was introduced to the concept of “Synthetic Transactions”. That is an automated action that is scheduled to execute periodically to monitor performance and availability of one of more components in your enterprise … Continue reading

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Lightweight User Reference Object for Securing APIs

Back in 2005, I was face with developing a Secure Set of APIs that could run in multiple deployment configurations. At the time we were heavily developing EJB’s, specifically Stateless Session Beans. We were also starting to deploy SOAP based … Continue reading

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Writing a Good Job Description for Hiring Core Java Developers

As a Development Manager or a Team Lead, you often need to write up Job Descriptions which include a brief description of the Team, and the Role’s responsibilities. Some people also include a description of the company, but I usually … Continue reading

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Singletons and Factories of Singletons

A Singleton is a design pattern that allows for a One and ONLY One Object instance of a class  to be instantiated within the memory of a process using object oriented programming concepts. Maybe people will ask, well why can’t I use a … Continue reading

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The Classic Producer – Consumer Problem

One of the main questions that my team ask potential candidates during technical interviews, is the Producer – Consumer Problem. We have found over the years that this problem is one of the main issues we have with potential new … Continue reading

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SFEMS – Stable, Flexible, Extensible, Maintainable, Scalable

For the last 8 years that I have been giving my architects, tech leads, and developers their yearly performance reviews, I have been using the acronym “SFEMS”. Arguably you can say I should just be telling my architects and maybe tech leads that … Continue reading

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PASH – A Simple Unix SHell

What is it? Back in late 2004, I decided to finally write my own Unix SHell from scratch in the C Programming Language. One of the professors that taught Operating Systems at Polytechnic University back when I was an undergrad, actually … Continue reading

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Question Posed: Cultivating Good System Architects

While on my latest trip to London, I was posed the question: “What does it take the cultivate good System Architects within you organization?” As I’m currently sitting in the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse waiting for my flight back to the … Continue reading

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Pair Programming

My favorite agile software development method, is Pair Programming. It is a technique where two programmers will work together at a single computer, working on the same project or component. One is known as the Driver, the person who is actually … Continue reading

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