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Connect to Active Directory using DDC SDK

In this post, I will cover a new Open Source Java SDK designed to simplify communication with Active Directory for small, medium and large projects.
DDC (Domain Directory Controller) is an SDK designed to simplify AD interaction for small, medium and large projects. DDC is a portable Java library provided with a friendly API, allowing you to quickly compose simple or complicated queries against AD's endpoints without any previous LDAP knowledge.

I had the pleasure to develop this SDK along with my colleges at Imperva. Now Imperva decided to make it available publicly as an Open Source project. The article was published by officially Imperva, you can find the full article here.


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GetHashCode Hands-On Session

The following is a hands-on post meant to demonstrate how GetHashCode() and Equals() methods are used by .NET Framework under the hood. For the sake of simplicity I will refer to the popular hashed-base Dictionary type, although any other hash based structure will follow a similar behavior, if not the same one. After understanding this post you should be able to spot potential problematic behaviors and resolve them, prevent creation of unreachable items in dictionaries and improve CRUD actions performance on hash based structures. The TheoryGetHashCode() is used to create a unique integer identifier for objects/structs. The hashcode can be used for two purposes: Programmatically, by developers, to distinguish objects/structs form each other (NOTE: Not recommended when the default .NET implementation is used, as it's not guaranteed to preserve the same hash between .NET versions and platforms)Internally, by .NET Framework, when using the object/struct as a key in a hashed based l…

Closures in C# vs JavaScript -
Same But Different

Closure in a Nutshell Closures are a Software phenomenon which exist in several languages, in which methods declared inside other methods (nested methods), capture variables declared inside the outer methods. This behavior makes captured variables available even after the outer method's scope has vanished.

The following pseudo-code demonstrates the simplest sample:
Main() //* Program starts from here { Closures(); } AgeCalculator() { int myAge = 30; return() => { //* Returns the correct answer although AgeCalculator method Scope should have ordinarily disappear return myAge++; }; } Closures() { Func ageCalculator = AgeCalculator(); //* At this point AgeCalculator scopeid cleared, but the captured values keeps to live Log(ageCalculator()); //* Result: 30 Log(ageCalculator()); //* Result: 31 } JavaScript and C# are two languages that support…

Method Breakpoints are Evil

Some IDEs expose an option to set "Method Breakpoints", it turns out that "Method Breakpoints" might tremendously decrease debugger's performance. In this article, I explain what are "Method Breakpoints" and the reasons they impact performance so badly. To better understand this subject I will cover how Debuggers works under the hoods and how Breakpoints and Method Breakpoints are implemented internally. Java Platform Debugger Architecture JDPA is an architecture designed for enabling communication between debuggers and debugees. The architecture consists of three APIs: JVM Tool Interface (JVM TI) - A native interface which defines the services a VM must provide for debugging purposes Java Debug Wire Protocol (JWDP) - A textual API which defines the communication's protocol between debugee and debuggerJava Debug Interface (JDI) - Defines a high-level Java API designed to facilitate the interaction between debugge and debuggers. Internally J…