Time To Slit Some Throats (Not a Political Post)

Here’s a quote you may have heard before: “Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” It’s from H.L. Mencken. I see it used often.  What I don’t often hear though is that it’s from an essay titled “The New Poetry Movement,” […]

5 Server Monitoring Tools you should check out

I wrote this post on server monitoring tools for Raygun a couple of months ago. You can check out the original here.   You work on your software’s performance. But let’s face it: production is where the rubber meets the road. If your application is slow or it fails, then nothing else matters. Are you […]

Do The Thing (Not A Motivational Message)

Just shut up and do it. The proceeding sentence is the complete message, but Yoast SEO tells me I need more words. So here goes. In 1899 Elbert Hubbard wrote “A Message To Garcia.” He published it in The Philistine (yes, really) as filler. But, it caught the eye of a railroad executive who gave it wider circulation. […]

Log4j2 Configuration: A Detailed Guide to Getting Started

I wrote a detailed guide about using and configuring Log4j2 for Scalyr a while back. Here it is.   We covered basic logging for Java applications a while back. In that tutorial, we used log4j version 2, a logging framework from the Apache project. Let’s go one step further with Java application logging and look […]

REST API: Your Guide to Getting Started Quickly

Here a post I wrote for Stackify a while ago. You can find the original here.   Even though REpresentational State Transfer, also known as REST, is often referred to as a protocol, it’s an architectural style. It defines how applications communicate over the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Applications that use REST are loosely-coupled and […]

A Guide to Getting Started Quickly with the Feature Toggle in Java

This is the first post I wrote for the Rollout blog. The original is here. I’ve had a lot of fun playing with the feature flag posts, and it’s something I plan on adding the enviornment at the day job soon.   Feature toggles (also known as feature flags) are simple. You want to introduce […]

Creating a New Project with TeamCity

Here’s a post I wrote for the Techtown blog a while back. The original is here. Techtown also offers a course about using TeamCity for Continuous Integration. I am a big fan of Jetbrain’s products, especially this one.   TeamCity is a continuous integration server that supports building and deploying a variety of different project […]

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