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Eric Minick07/31/14
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Release Managers Risking Irrelevancy

As Agile breaks through the WaterScrumFall format of rapid development wrapped in slow project initiation and release cycles to actually delivering more frequently, Release Managers have been put into something of a bind.

Andrew Fuqua07/31/14
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Continuous Backlog Refinement

Create your initial backlog, then stay on top of it. Here’s the how and why of Continuous Backlog Refinement.

Lukas Eder07/31/14
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jOOQ Tip of the Day: Reuse Bind Values

jOOQ implements your SQL statements as AST (Abstract Syntax Tree). This means that your SQL statement is modelled in a non-text form prior to serialising it as a textual SQL statement to your JDBC driver.

John Piekos07/31/14
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You’d Better Do Fast Data Right: A Five Step approach

If you are going to build one of these data-driven applications that runs on streams of data, what do you need? In working with people building these applications, it comes down to five general requirements to get it right.

Alec Noller07/30/14
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Dev of the Week: Sean Lorenz

Every week here and in our newsletter, we feature a new developer/blogger from the DZone community to catch up and find out what he or she is working on now and what's coming next. This week we're talking to Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Guy for the Xively IoT platform from LogMeIn.

Alec Noller07/30/14
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The Best of DZone: July 22 - 29

If you missed anything on DZone this week, now's your chance to catch up! This week's best include a developer's life in GIFs, the swiss Java knife, Apple's lack of Swift knowledge, the four best refactorings, DZone's 2014 Guide to Internet of Things, and more.

Arthur Charpentier07/30/14
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Coffee and Productivity

I was asked if there were serious research papers published on coffee consumption and labour productivity. There are some papers on coffee breaks and productivity, e.g. Productivity Through Coffee Breaks, but I could not find anything on coffee consumption.

Alec Noller07/30/14
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NoSQL's Oversaturation Problem

It's a familiar story at this point - trying out NoSQL, then moving back to relational databases - and the response is generally consistent as well: NoSQL will only be useful if you understand your problems and choose the appropriate solution. But with so many solutions cluttering the market, how can you choose?

John Cook07/30/14
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D more popular than any functional language

At the time of writing this post, D is easily more popular than all functional programming languages combined. Here’s a portion of the chart zooming in on D and functional languages.

Peter Zaitsev07/30/14
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Prevent MySQL downtime: Set max_user_connections

One of the common causes of downtime with MySQL is running out of connections. There is a better solution: use different user accounts for different scripts and applications and implement resource limiting for them. Specifically set max_user_connections:

Ricky Ho07/30/14
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Incorporate domain knowledge into predictive model

To create a predictive model, feature engineering (defining the set of input) is a key part if not the most important. In this post, I'd like to share my experience in how to come up with the initial set of features and how to evolve it as we learn more.

Gerry Claps07/30/14
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When to dump Scrum for Kanban

The CEO/Manager walks into the room and asks to add X, Y and Z into the Sprint. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Maybe it's time to ditch Scrum for Kanban?

Lisa Schultz07/30/14
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ACID Compliance: What It Means and Why You Should Care

The presence of four components — atomicity, consistency, isolation and durability — can ensure that a database transaction is completed in a timely manner. When databases possess these components, they are said to be ACID-compliant. So just what is ACID compliance, and why should you care?

John Cook07/29/14
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Software development becoming less mature?

I don’t know whether computing is becoming less mature, though it may very well be on average, even if individual developers become more mature.

Mike Cottmeyer07/29/14
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Why Agile Is Failing in Large Enterprises, And What You Can Do About It

Here is the deck from my Agile2014 talk on why many folks are struggling to adopt agile in larger, more complex enterprises.