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Dockerising your legacy integration tests

As most of you will know, every now and then you can expect the question ‘Can you help fix something on this ancient project?’ According to the Universal Software Ageing table, that means anything from last month to much, much older. I got such a question recently, being in-between projects, and this project fell squarely into […]

Using Axon with PostgreSQL without TOAST

The client I work for at this time is leveraging Axon 3. The events are stored in a PostgreSQL database. PostgreSQL uses a thing called TOAST (The Oversized-Attribute Storage Technique) to store large values. From the PostgreSQL documentation: “PostgreSQL uses a fixed page size (commonly 8 kB), and does not allow tuples to span multiple […]

Writing less code

Have you had that feeling that you have to write too much code to build simple functionality? Some things just feel repetitive, they feel you should be not have to write them yourself, instead a framework should make your life easier. Recently I’ve been building a project in Java/Spring, and after some time I started wondering […]

Controlling Java with the Leap Motion

Controlling Java with the Leap Motion

Leap Motion Controller The Leap Motion Controller is a device that uses two cameras to track the hands and fingers. This makes it possible to use gestures for controlling the computer or applications. It is possible to buy or download applications through the Leap Motion app store, but there is also an SDK for different […]

City-wide crowd management in Amsterdam

City-wide crowd management in Amsterdam

As most residents and visitors of Amsterdam know, every year more people are visiting Amsterdam, city wide events like GayPride, Koningsdag and MuseumNacht are getting bigger and more frequent, putting more strain on the city’s infrastructure and all people living in the city center. That’s why this November 7th, Amsterdam Marketing organized the Museumn8 hackathon […]

A wrinkle in time

Leap second

I clearly remember the morning of Sunday July 1, 2012, almost three years ago. I was at church, actually, when I got a call from one of our clients: “The website doesn’t seem to be working.” All I could check at that point was that, indeed, the website was not responding. So I called our sysadmin, who […]