The false security of Notifications


it’s like jumping into my car and every time i see the dashboard every light in there is brightly lighted up – to the point that one day i stop caring. eventually, someday something will fail – i just hope it’s not the day when I am driving to someplace in an emergency.

Most of our Notifications and alerting strategy is more than a brightly lit Dashboard. We cant any more tell what’s gonna fail when.

It’s a false hope we live with.

Do it differently


The idea is to use our experience of things and make it better, Do It Differently. We often time forget that and what we end up doing is exactly what we did last time – the same good things, the same mistakes.

Make Sense out of your Stack Traces


I recently came across this cool tool http://www.stackifier.com/ which allows you to make so much sense out of your stack traces. Once I have locked on a stack I want to look at, this tool makes it so much easier.

This part of my life is called “Chasing Quality”


We will see how this goes. But, for now the 5 rules for quality for me stand even today are:

– Deliver an artifact and ensure no one can find a defect;
– I can refactor the code knowing it won’t break anything;
– Code commits work like a charm and i can deliver code in environments quickly and with certainly;
– When I send this application to my dear friends in operation, they don’t hate and curse me;
– Quality meant, once my work is done it’s done

stories and artificial intelligence


Ravi Pal aside from being a dear friend is someone I respect a lot; he is a technologist who wows me every time I talk about something. I recently came to know he has been writing a blog. I managed to read only 1 post till now and the very first post is amazing. I’d to share with […]
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Don’t Like Throttling?


Guess what – you are stuck with it. So you can chose to let the underlying system handle it or you can chose to dictate how your traffic should flow.

Do not let the illusion of control dictate the performance. Be the one who needs to control and manage the traffic

Are annotations bad?


We sacrifice the art of writing good and performant code for the short term gains of improving developer productivity.

Annotations can be powerful but only when used to add context and information to the code. But trying to configure your application with them is nothing less that a crime.

Making Thread Dumps Intelligent


When you have to spend hours and hours and mostly on night, weekends and your anniversaries you ask yourself what could I have done better during development to make this all go easy on me.

Thread Dumps are you best friend when a production application (Java) crashes and if you can enable it to tell you something about the application then thats something. Here I have explained how and have included a bunch of Java Code you can reuse.

Spring Framework – XML vs. Annotations


Use Annotations to anything is is core to the application and defines the core structure of the application. Anything that would need a code change is okay to sit as an annotation. Rest everything else should be XML.

It’s all about laying blame


People will soon realize that your method works (because you succeed more often) and disrupting your process makes you ineffective and no one wants to do that.

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