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Duncan Brown12/27/13
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Upgrading Spring Data Neo4j and Neo4j: "Gotchas" to Watch for

The author was in the middle of upgrading a little test project to a newer version of Spring Data Neo4j and Neo4j itself when he came across a few little points that others might find useful. Here are a couple "gotchas" he encountered.

Ofir Nachmani12/27/13
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The Basics of Cloud Capacity

Traditional capacity planning, where new servers were purchased to fulfill the demand of a single application with a load of 20% max, is terminated by cloud computing. The comparison below shows some of the basic differences between the traditional DC and the cloud:

Johanna Rothman12/27/13
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Give Credit Generously

I had a boss who was great at saying, “Terri did this. Jen did that. JR did this other thing.” We all knew who had learned about different areas of the system, who had succeeded at which parts of testing or development or project management. It was great. Contrast that with some other places I’ve worked...

Oliver Hookins12/27/13
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Unexpected benefits of IPv6 tunnelling

Recently I wrote about getting my IPv6 tunnel setup working properly again after a while of it not working very well (or not at all). After getting my IPv6 running properly again, I noticed that YouTube videos were actually starting quite fast and playing back without interruption.

Zac Gery12/26/13
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How To Successfully Build Team Confidence

In software development, building a great team is a delicate yet achievable goal. Although there isn't an exact formula, most managers would come to a common consensus on the basics. The formula might look something like this: Varying Skill Sets + Seasoned Members + Balanced Personalities + Proper Mindset = Success!

Comsysto Gmbh12/25/13
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How to use MongoDB with SSL

There isn’t too much information about using MongoDB with SSL connections out there. If you are using MongoDB on a public network, all the data you transmit from the database to your application is completely unencrypted. Luckily however, MongoDB offers the option to be compiled with SSL support.

Alec Noller12/24/13
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6 Ways to Increase Productivity with Xcode

This recently published list of tips describes how to be more productive with Xcode, and every iOS developer spends enough time in Xcode that a few time-savers couldn't hurt. The tips are quick and straightforward, and highlight ease-of-use features of Xcode that many developers might not notice.

Mike Hadlow12/23/13
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The Geek Christmas Quiz 2013

This is the second year of my Geek Christmas Quiz. Six sections of the ultimate geek questions. The office competition was won by Toby Carter with a score of 46. See if you can do better.

Bob Hartman12/23/13
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3 Ways to Handle End-of-the-Year Holidays on Your Agile Team

Suddenly, there’s an avalanche of company holidays and vacation time that throws off your velocity and cadence. Here are 3 ways you can make the end of the year a useful and productive time rather than a few weeks of frustration and waste.

Trisha Gee12/23/13
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Spock: Data Driven Testing

In the last two articles on Spock I've covered mocking and stubbing. And I was pretty sold on Spock just based on that. But for a database driver, there's a killer feature: Data Driven Testing.

Mitch Pronschinske12/23/13
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What an Enterprise Can Learn from Netflix, a Cloud-native Company

The biggest benefit of going cloud-native for Netflix came from moving to a service-based architecture, which allowed engineering teams to accelerate their development cycle and innovate more quickly.

Moshe Kaplan12/23/13
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MongoDB Index Tuning and Dex

In MongoDB query analysis, you can use the built-in queries (after all, the profiling is saved in a MongoDB collection). However, Dex, a tool from MongoLab, can help you shorten the time to index...

Alec Noller12/22/13
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The Best of the Week (Dec. 13): NoSQL Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the NoSQL Zone. This week's best include a discussion of the relationship between relational databases and their predecessors, thoughts about compression and storage in LevelDB and LMDB, and an argument that SQL is the new NoNoSQL.

Alec Noller12/22/13
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The Best of the Week (Dec. 13): Big Data Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Big Data Zone. This week's best include the introduction to a series on handling Big Data with HBase, tips for faster range faceting in Apache Lucene, and more tough talk between Hortonworks and Cloudera.

Zac Gery12/20/13
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Programming Perfection: Noble Quest or Fool's Gold?

The topic of perfection is a common discussion at the programming dinner table. Is it good? It is bad? It is healthy? Is it possible? Is it realistic?