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Focus. It’s what the mind needs. Meanwhile, I continue finding my way towards enlightenment.

The Case of Sudden OC4J Restarts [part 1]

<meta http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=windows-1252"> <body lang=EN-US link=blue vlink=purple> [Please read part 2 here.] Our OC4J instance would restart itself ev...

Writing prose in two languages (or how I coded some bits in application code, other bits in database code)

I didn’t code it. But I’m part of the team in charge of completing the project and maintaining it.Oh yeah. The project consists of an integration layer between different systems; it is implemented ...

Performance comparison: Linked-List vs. Vector [Java]

Kjellkod recently published an interesting article comparing the performance of linked-lists against that of a vector, as well as discussing the reason for the unexpected results. You can also foll...

Why I stopped caring and learned to hate XPath

Yesterday I came across another one of XPath's little quirks that cost me up to an hour of painstaking step-by-step troubleshooting to narrow down: comparing the value of a boolean element to one o...

Those facepalm moments...

[...] by now you should know that the likelihood of a given event contributing to your code failure is inversely proportional to your initial index of suspicion of it's relation.  Source: Ethan’s...

The illusion of being 'busy' while not being productive

If you are an office worker, answer me this: when was the last time you felt you were being truly productive and doing something truly important while at work? In other words, when was the last ...

Closures

Wikipedia’s article still makes me somewhat dizzy whenever I have another go at it.

Oracle's JDBC BLOB support sucks....

Exception in thread “main” : java.lang.ClassCastException: javax.sql.rowset.serial.SerialBlob cannot be cast to oracle.sql.BLOB…Caused by: java.lang.ClassCastException: javax.sql.rowset.serial.Seri...

More Vim goodness: The Power of g

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