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    Node Reference - List Products

    Prerequisites This article builds on the prior article: Node Reference - Monitoring. Add listing Clients of our service will need a way to find products. For that, we need a product listing service. DynamoDB provides an operation for listing the contents of a table called a ‘scan’. (As a table...
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    Node Reference - Introduction

    Summary Most AWS microservice articles only show you the tip of the iceberg. We certainly can’t blame the article authors. For starters, the SAM squirrel mascot is so darned cute! But more importantly, we all know that standing up a production web service involves far more considerations than you could...
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    What Did You Do This Summer?

    As I head back to school at Northwestern this fall, I am sure I will hear, “What did you do this summer?” 100 times. My response will be “Well, let me tell you about my experience as an apprentice at Source Allies.” From day one, myself and four other apprentices...
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    Build a RESTful Service with .NET Core

    Build an API backend for your application using the newest version of .NET that can be developed anywhere and run everywhere. This tutorial walks through the process to build a production-ready service to perform CRUD operations on a “Pokemon.” Environment Setup Download and Install the .NET Core SDK from
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    TypeScript: a Superset of JavaScript

    Getting Started In this post I will be covering a bit of a strange language, TypeScript. TypeScript is what’s known as a superset language of JavaScript. It allows for the programmer to enforce variable types and provide classes and objects in JavaScript and provides compile time error checking and not...
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    Microservices in Practice: Challenges

    In a previous article we discussed some of the positive characteristics of microservices that we’ve found while implementing them in a production setting. Two of the primary benefits we discussed are the architectural agility and enforcement of api boundaries. While you may find those and many more benefits from using microservices, you will also find that the positives don’t...
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    Java 8: Parallel vs Sequential Stream Comparison

    Motivated by the introduction of Lambdas in Java 8, I wrote a couple of examples to see how difficult it would be to follow a functional programming paradigm in real production code. I will demonstrate using some features from Java 8 with a simple and fun example. The application basically...
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    6 Concerns Before Using an Open Source Library

    During my career, I’ve worked at various organizations that had different stances toward open source frameworks and tools. Some of these organizations absolutely did not want  anything open source near their code base. Others had a small set of “blessed” open source frameworks we were allowed to use. Some of...
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    Java: An Oriented Object Language

    Getting Started Let’s start with the 800lb gorilla in the room, Java. Why Java? Well, let’s start off with the fact that it’s got a ton of community support and documentation everywhere. If you Google a programming problem, chances are within the first three results you will see an example...
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    Neatly Clean Up Your CSS Layout

    Recently I started to use a more minimally-responsive CSS framework called Neat, since I was unhappy with the total offerings of so many others. This article will explain how to start using the basics of Neat in order to better understand how the framework works before using it in projects....