How to Read HttpClient Logging and Prevent Connection Leaks

November 25, 2015

“Where there is great power, there is great responsibility” – Winston Churchill If you have a Java-based application that makes HTTP requests, there’s a good chance you are using Apache HttpClient to make these requests. If the application in question needs to make these requests at scale or with any sort of concurrency, there’s a […]

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How To Use CasperJS with Mocked Data to Test Your Site’s UI

September 5, 2014

Did you know that you can use CasperJS to script, in an automated fashion, usage of your site – including clicking links and filling and submitting forms? Did you also know that, if you’ve got a site where most/all of the data is being delivered straight to the browser via Ajax-ified payloads, you can mock […]

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Are You Still Not Testing Your Site’s UI Because of Your Database?

September 4, 2014

Just like peanut butter plus jelly is a satisfying and delicious combination of two otherwise individual ingredients, CasperJS plus data-mocking is a powerful and effective pairing of two otherwise individual tools. However, whereas bringing peanut butter and jelly together in a sandwich is pretty straight-forward and requires a bare minimum of instructions, getting CasperJS and […]

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Stop Eating Processed Foods

September 2, 2014

If you couldn’t exercise for six months, do you think you’d lose weight – or do you think you’d gain weight? During the first half of this year, I had to stop doing all of my normal physical activities. I had to stop lifting weights, riding my bike, going for walks, using my standing desk, […]

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Whac-A-Mole Physical Therapy, Meet Ankylosing Spondylitis

August 3, 2014

On January 1st of this year, I weighed a pleasing 178 lbs. About 45 days later, I had involuntarily lost almost 20 of them. And so began a progressively deteriorating 7 months for me.

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Why I Stopped Funding My IRA – The Roth, Too

June 13, 2013

Do you think you might retire early? Earlier than 59 1/2 years old? Are you putting a significant amount of your savings in a Roth IRA or Roth 401(k)? Well, that might not be a smart move. In a previous article, I explained why I’ve stopped funding my IRA. That article spurred a series of […]

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Why I Stopped Funding My IRA

May 21, 2013

I don’t put anything in my IRA or 401(k). Zilch. Don’t get me wrong. I save for retirement – a lot. But, out of all of the saving and investing I do these days, none of it is tax-sheltered. None of it is going to grow tax-free. And that’s a conscious choice on my part. […]

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Apologies For The Email Noise On Sunday

May 14, 2013

[Note: This post is addressed primarily to subscribers of my separate travel blog.] I‘m sorry. You may have received an email from me (my blog, to be exact) this past Sunday that contained 10 or so posts/articles that had nothing to do with travel or travel-planning. That was my bad. It was completely unintentional and […]

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Hibernate, Sybase, and the Unchained Transaction Mode Error

May 7, 2013

The other week, the following error got raised in our testing environment – against some rather new code that we deployed (into our existing Java/Hibernate/Spring-based web application running against a Sybase database): Stored procedure [procedure name] may be run only in unchained transaction mode.

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How To Print Checks Without QuickBooks

May 1, 2013

Writing checks makes me angry. Not because it represents a withdrawal from one of my accounts. I’m OK with that. I just really don’t enjoy engaging in the physical act of sitting down and scribbling on a piece of paper, knowing that there are much better ways to relay money these days. I’m all about […]

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