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Peter Pilgrim :: Java Champion :: Digital Developer Architect

I design Java EE and Scala software solutions for the blue-chip clients and private sector

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A Scala development task for ACME

26 November 2014 Comments off

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I recently took part in a Scala development task for ACME. I spent about a few hours over a weekend in mid November on it. I completed the task in Scala 2.11 and against the popular Drop Wizard IO project. It you are interested you can go and review the ACME Server project on Github […]

JavaOne 2014: Conferences conflict with contractual interests

08 October 2014 Comments off

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  The Duke’s Street Cafe where engineers can have a hallway conversation on the street. Incompatible with contracting   Photo License My photos are licensed under Creative Commons License 2.5. You must include the license. You must attribute the source. You cannot use my work, the source for commercial activities. You cannot edit or derive […]

Contractor Rates Don’t Track With Inflation

30 June 2014 2 comments

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Contractor rates have not been tracking inflation in the United Kingdom for the past decade from 2004 to 2014. I found some information from the IT Jobs Watch site to back this claim. Source data: IT Jobs Watch site on Java People complain about contractors being expensive, but we have to take care of our […]

Here is Why DEV Contracting is Going Down the Tubes

28 June 2014 Comments off

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This came through the email box on 26th June 2014, verbatim text (apart from the emphasis mine) Dear, I am looking for Content management @ London, UK Please share your contact number. If this position of no interest, please refer your friends/ colleagues by making me in CC . Job Spec: · Hands on experience […]

#ITMustChange2014 – Market Risk Role Java Job Question 2011

12 January 2014 2 comments

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This is one old Java question from 2011 that landed on my desk. Admittedly, at the time, I was really looking for permanent role, senior Java developer in investment banking in London. I had given up on searching for that perfect banking Scala programming role, I went back to job hunting on Java EE 6, […]

My HTTP Response Java Enumeration Type (Contracting;-)

27 November 2013 4 comments

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Here is a HTTP Response Java Enumeration type from yesteryear. In some client’s project, I have seen various constants like this: Which is absolutely awful and these constants are not consistently used in the code base. Worse of all, the code I have refactored will use literal constants. Even more worse, is the fact these […]

Day 1 Contract Mac OS X Client

29 October 2013 Comments off

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Hey this is just for me. Every time I start a new contract at client that has Mac OS X computers I find myself repeating setup just like Groundhog Day. First thing is to set up BASH PROFILE Set up BASH profile with the following command. Substitute your own reference to Oracle or Apple provided […]

My Interview with Contractor Calculator

30 July 2013 Comments off

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A couple of weeks ago, I gave a telephone interview with Contractor Calculator about the my feelings, thoughts and the progression of my career into and out and back into of contracting. It’s has been bad and good. (At the time of writing, it is good again, just in case you’re wondering.) The 30 minutes […]

The Blue Eagle

28 July 2013 Comments off

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The Blue Eagle Earlier this month of July, I walked through the doors of the Blue Eagle, to help out a client on another contract. Barclays Bank has embarked on a modern digital web platform, which a designed to appeal to online customers. This is not surprising as other banks like RBS and Lloyds have […]

I am an IT contractor

25 June 2013 6 comments

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This is a disturbing post for me, and probably for you.  I am an IT contractor in 2013, at least. It was not always that way, because I worked in long term permanent positions before now. I have said many times before I did not aim to be an IT contractor: it just fell in […]

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