Simulating the Secretary Problem with Java

You might have noticed that I like reading books. I have recently read “Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions” which absolutely fascinated me! The book mentions a famous optimal stopping (Wikipedia) problem called Secretary Problem. In this blog post, I will explain it and then we will have some fun simulating it with Java. Let’s see if we can find a solution by brute force! Continue reading “Simulating the Secretary Problem with Java”

Designing an Object Oriented Chess Engine in Java

I love playing chess. I also love programming. How to marry the two? How about playing chess against a chess engine (chess playing program) that I have designed and wrote? If you are intrigued- read on! This is the first blog post in the series about building my chess engine in Java. Continue reading “Designing an Object Oriented Chess Engine in Java”

Learning Java / Spring / Microservices with Pluralsight

You might have seen recently some Pluralsight promotion on my page. There are two reasons for this. Reason number one- I became a Pluralsight Affiliate and I earn by promoting their website. Reason number two- I use Pluralsight myself and I think it is a great place to level up your skills. In this article, I will explain why you should consider it too! Continue reading “Learning Java / Spring / Microservices with Pluralsight”

Reddit – the Java goldmine

Have you heard of Reddit? It is an amazing place on the Internet, where people share links and ideas. It has also a very active programming community. I visit Reddit daily- you can learn a lot from people there and have some interesting discussion. In this article, I will tell you how I use Reddit and why I consider it so valuable. Continue reading “Reddit – the Java goldmine”

Should I Learn Java in 2018

Should I learn Java? This is a question that just keeps coming up. If you are just starting out as a developer, if you already work as a Front End Developer or even if you are from the .NET background, many people wonder if learning Java is the right career/personal development move. Let’s see how useful learning Java is in 2018. Continue reading “Should I Learn Java in 2018”

The rise of Java Microframeworks

Together with the growing popularity of microservices and light-weight REST API, we are witnessing another trend in Java: the rise of Java Microframeworks. Javalin, Micronaut, Spark and many more make building REST APIs a breeze. In this article, I look at this exciting space and share my opinions on their use. Continue reading “The rise of Java Microframeworks”

How to write horrible Java

I feel horrible today. I am sick- my throat hurts, my head is not working as it should. Hence, I decided I will tell you how to write horrible Java code. If you are tired of all these beautiful patterns and best practices and you want to write something insane- read on. Maybe you like horror stories but in code- this may appeal to you! Continue reading “How to write horrible Java”

Effective Java Microservices require Effective Java

Writing good software requires using the right tools. Choosing the right frameworks, libraries and designing smart systems. With all that to learn and worry about, it is easy to forget about another very important thing: using your programming language wisely. In this article, I want to introduce you to “Effective Java” by Joshua Bloch.  Continue reading “Effective Java Microservices require Effective Java”

How to stay up to date with Java and Tech? Use Twitter!

Java, Microservices, other JVM languages… Programming, best practices, architecture… Libraries, frameworks, methodologies… I could go on for a while here. Being a passionate and up to date Software Developer is a challenge. How do you stay up to date with all this? I will let you on a well-known secret- use Twitter! Read on to find out what can Twitter help you with and how I use it to stay up to date. Continue reading “How to stay up to date with Java and Tech? Use Twitter!”