Java User Groups
Learning Java (or any programming language) can be a great challenge.
Any group of developers, learning Java, will bring with them a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
In our case, our first Java project began with developers that had COBOL language experience.
Our second Java project, began with developers that had RPG language experience.
Even though COBOL and RPG don't "look" like Java,...
on Jun 11, 2013
Tuning Java code presents many challenges and addresses several goals.
One of these goals is to make the application "run faster".
Recently, our end-users were getting multiple-second response times from our web application's home page.
This was unacceptable.
We were asked to see what we can do to make the web application "run faster".
We began by looking at the usual suspects... database access...
on Apr 14, 2013
One of the biggest challenges facing us during the creation of our first Java application
was learning to develop with the Java programming language.
We were concerned about how well our team of developers would learn and adapt to Java.
Since Java was an object-oriented programming language, we had object-oriented concepts to learn as well.
Our first Java training class was titled, "Developing...
on Mar 24, 2013
Assembling a team of Java developers can be a challenging task.
Getting the right people together requires a combination of luck, skill, and plenty of patience.
When someone new joins your team, they could also be new to your company.
Over the years, we have conducted many job interviews of Java developer candidates wishing to join our team and company.
Our Java job interview format is simple and...
on Mar 16, 2013
Our team of Java developers consists of people with various backgrounds and skill levels.
Everyone has a role and is assigned tasks based on that role.
Team members are expected to know basic programming concepts, core Java and core J2EE.
In addition; database access, web-browser, client/server concepts are required as well.
It didn't take long for our team to realize there was a lot more to know...
on Mar 10, 2013
I am back with more stories about our adventures in the world of Java.
From the distant past to recent events. I hope to entertain, enlighten, and encourage.
So hold on to your hats.
For software developers in IT, there are times when you find yourself present at the birth of a major application.
Normally these are dream assignments. But consider the following additional factors.
on Mar 4, 2013
Spatial reference system: What is it?
by Regina O. Obe and Leo S. Hsu, authors of PostGIS in Action, Second Edition
The topic of spatial reference systems (SRS) is one of the more abstruse in GIS to understand. This is mainly due to the loose way in which people use the term spatial reference system and secondly to its unglamorous nature compared to other areas of GIS. If GIS is Disneyland,...
on Feb 13, 2013
Our Meruvian program (Called jTechnopreneur), now expand to the new highest reach level.
Starting with diploma 6 years ago under JENI (www.jeni.or.id or www.jeni-academy.org), we move to jTechnopreneur in 3 years, and now, in 2012, we expand to middle school (13+) and also add Cloud Computing plus Responsive Web Design.
You can also see our presentation for Meruvian Seamless Education PRogram in...
on Nov 5, 2012
Has been 1 year, after the Oracle vs Google saga, and I hear there will be appeal.. I am personally dunno what is appeal mean, i know sex appeal. huahua.. yes, I try to learn another tech and dedicate my time less to Java, touching NodeJS, try-ing Cloud, and yes, spending my time to my old hobbyes far become computer came to my life, fish tropical breeding.
I live in emerging country, which...
on Oct 12, 2012
Meruvian is founded as a mix need between a legal entity for JUG Indonesia movement and also JENI (Java Education program founded by Ministery of Education) and a small project between Frans Thamura and Kompas (the biggest newspaper in the country, regarding OpenSource alternative to Microsoft solution which it is Sharepoint, we use Alfresco - the project lead by Rene -- and cannot related to my...
on Oct 12, 2012
Oracle just give free ADF Essential on Glassfish, a streamline edition of ADF. An interesting thing is there are also OEPE (Oracle Eclipse Plugins) that have ADF inside. which the Jdeveloper edition is far more complete and rich. www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/adf
ADF Essential is free for glassfish deployment, and with support US$ 1250/server (/core??), and you will get the source....
on Sep 29, 2012
Meruvian's blog is here.. yes, in java.net now. This is because we believe that we will get more attraction if blog here. and we are blogging in English here.
We also have our own blog server power by Apache Roller, take a look http://blogs.mervpolis.com.
The main reason we blog here, to promote what is Meruvian and the work around Meruvian.
A lot of friends asked about how can Meruvian survive...
on Sep 21, 2012
10 years ago, we began our journey into the world of Java and "J2EE".
It was a big risk for my company, Amway Corp, to do this.
We had no in-house expertise and we had critical applications to migrate to the new technology.
From the beginning, we were determined to succeed.
Today, 10 years after; I can say our Java adventure has been very successful.
We have created two complex applications and...
on Aug 17, 2012
A few years ago, we met with our business analysts to discuss security for our application.
Our goal was to implement our own authentication mechanism for the web-based or user-interface
portion of the application.
We defined authentication security as "access rights to resources of the application".
After some initial discussion, one of our business analysts suggested we look for an
on Aug 14, 2012
When my company, Amway Corp, makes a sale; somewhere, somehow a computerized transaction of that sale is created.
This transaction is sent to a number of applications at Amway for processing.
One such destination is our Java application.
We created a capability, called the Transaction Monitor (or TM) to deliver transactions to our app.
Our initial version of the TM worked well, but it was still...
on Aug 10, 2012
We began creating our second Java application five years after we began the first app.
We were hoping the second application would give us a chance to use additional Java technologies.
We began by gathering all of the known functional requirements and matched them to the various
Java-related technologies we knew of.
The result was a high-level technical architecture of the application.
on Aug 3, 2012
During our 10 years of using Java at Amway Corp., some of our solutions
required us to think a little "outside of the box".
Our application had a reporting requirement.
It had to generate reports from the application's various batch processes as they were running.
These batch processes performed transaction processing, data purging and data exporting functions.
The reports would not be used by...
on Jul 30, 2012
One of the first things we did as we began to learn about Java was to create our own library of Java books.
Every member of the development team was given the chance (and funding) to build their own collection of books.
In time, these book collections became a sort of "comfort blanket" for the developers.
In addition to being a valuable source of reference material,
these collections act as a...
on Mar 29, 2013
Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) is a very effective development practice that essentially involves writing specifications in the form of documented and automated examples. These automated examples become automated acceptance tests that validate the features being delivered. The process of writing these examples encourages teams to focus on where the business value of a feature is coming...
on Sep 12, 2012
Global Education and Learning
We are preparing to teach Greenfoot for middle schools student (end of this year).
We are new in this area, esp we are in last 7 year working with highschool (vocational highschool).. and in last 3 years working for diploma program in polytechnics.
We want to produce better Java programmer/your architect, and start to reach middle school, with age 13+, and also working with our highschool partner...
on Nov 13, 2012