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Ray Tracing with Akka – Part 4

Where did we stop last time? Read the first part of this series for an intorduction to ray tracing and what I wanted to achieve. Here we created a sphere and a shadow. Read part two for a discussion on creating a plane and letting our objects reflect and refract. Part three has been the most advanced, in here we built […]

Easy open source licenses

A simple description of open source licences so you’ll know how to use them The Open Source Community and Licenses The open source community creates and uses free software. A copyright ensures that the author possesses exclusive rights to their product. With a licence the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to […]

Spring & Multiple SQLs: How to easily connect your Spring application to multiple SQL databases

This post will show you how to connect your Spring application to multiple SQL Databases at the same time. But first, let’s see when multiple DB connections are useful. For example you have an application and you have that application set up in different environments (let’s call it “prod app”), and you want to write […]

Ray Tracing with Akka – Part 3

Where we left off In the last two posts, we reached the capabilities of a simple ray-tracer. We now have two types of shapes (sphere and plane), we can calculate shadows, reflections and refractions recursively. Before we move onto the more computation-heavy shapes, I am curious about how I could move our computations to separated nodes. So […]

Using Websocket on Android

This post is the sequel to this post about WebSockets. I know what you are thinking. But why? Using WebSockets is a really useful way of building realtime applications, because they provide a fast, full-duplex communication channel between the server and the client. There are many libraries out there, usually providing straightforward, easy-to-use APIs for developers […]

Couchbase vol2, with/without Sync Gateway — better than your girlfriend :P

CouchbaseQueryExecutor vol2. Welcome back ! In a previous post I wrote about a library I made to dynamically build queries for Couchbase. This dynamic query-building solves the filterable + sortable list problem. Hope you liked that post. In case you didn’t read it, you totally should read it . Today I’m going to introduce the changes I made to that library. […]

ConstraintLayout 1.0

What happened since the first release of ConstraintLayout? Has it changed for the better or the worse? These and similar questions will be addressed below: Introduction It’s been a while since I last wrote about ConstraintLayout and how fun playing around with it is. Meanwhile it went through several alpha, beta and stable versions, so let’s dive […]

Ray Tracing with Akka – Part 1

About this series Most of the time, when you learn a new concept or a new programming language from a(n) (e-)book, you get the basics. But these are really far from the production-ready code with the new toolstack. The only good way to learn programming (like most of the other things in life) is to practice. […]