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There is a common belief that top-class software developers can do their job without ever abandoning the terminal. I think this is true to some extent. It is almost impossible to become an outstanding software developer without knowing how to get the most out of the terminal. Personally, I treat...

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No One Cares About Your Research!

A comfortable truth

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That’s the truth. No one cares about what you’re doing in your PhD, no one, no one!1 But don’t be sad, This is actually a very comfortable truth. I only came to this realization after a while. Once you get it, then you will start looking at your PhD journey...

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The Dynamic Features of Java

A long-standing challenge for static analyzers

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The existence of dynamic features built-in within the language allows Java developers to dynamically transform their program executions at runtime. For example, using the Java Reflection API, one can inspect and interact with otherwise static language constructs such as classes, fields, and methods, e.g., to instantiate objects, set fields and...

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Inversion of Control and Dependency Injection in Java

The holy grails of modern enterprise Java frameworks

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Inversion of Control (IoC) is a programming principle. The idea of IoC is delegating the control of parts of our application to a framework that initializes some specific task for us. Dependency injection (DI) is a popular design pattern that applies the IoC principle. This pattern was made popular by...

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AOT vs. JIT Compilation in Java

Which one is better?

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There are two ways of compiling a Java application: using Just in Time Compilation (JIT) or Ahead of Time Compilation (AOT). The first is the default mode, and it is used by the Java Hotspot Virtual Machine to translate bytecode into machine code at runtime. The latter is supported by...

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How to Write a Good Revision Letter

My system to address major revisions and get my papers accepted

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I just finished a major revision for one of my research papers.1 It was a lot of work, as usual. Writing a response letter for the editor and reviewers is always a challenging process. After receiving the editor’s decision, I had to put aside what I’m working on at the...

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Staying in Academia: How PhD Profiles are Evaluated?

An overview

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Let’s say that you just finished your PhD and have decided to stay in academia.1 Typically, the next move is applying for a temporally position as PostDoc at some good university. To get a good PostDoc, at the end of the PhD your profile will be rigorously evaluated. At this...

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Bus Factor: A Human-Centered Risk Metric in the Software Supply Chain

Public transportation may become hellish

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What if some members of a software project are suddenly hit by a bus? What would happen to the project in such an unfortunate scenario? According to Wikipedia, this question was first pointed out in 1994 when someone publicly asked about what would happen to Python if Guido van Rossum...

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How to Write a Good Paper Rebuttal

A practical guide

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The rejection of a research paper is always a tough spot in the life of researchers. Today, many top conferences allow the authors of a rejected paper to submit a so-called “paper rebuttal.” This is a last chance for the authors to defend their work in case the reviewers made...

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