Web Architecture, Java Ecosystem, Software Craftsmanship

Improving your Continuous Integration Setup with Docker and GitLab-CI

Posted on Oct 11, 2016

Improving your Continuous Integration Setup with Docker and GitLab-CI

A typical Jenkins 1.0 setup for Continuous Integration (CI) comes with some drawbacks. The job configuration is stored somewhere else but not in the version control system. This makes it hard to set up a new job correctly or to track configuration changes. Another pain point are the various tools (JDK, Maven, node, gulp etc.) that have to be installed and maintained on all Jenkins nodes. This increases the maintenance effort and can slow down the development. Let’s consider some solutions for these issues.

I like Python! Confessions of a Java Developer

Posted on Oct 2, 2016

I like Python! Confessions of a Java Developer

Developing with Python was a refreshing and pleasant experience. After working with Java for a while, you may forget how verbose and clumsy this language is sometimes. But Python shows how simple and powerful a programming language can be. Let me show you some examples.

How To Use UUIDs With Hibernate And MySQL

Posted on Aug 15, 2016

How To Use UUIDs With Hibernate And MySQL

Auto increment IDs are not working well when it comes to distributed databases. Instead, we should use UUIDs. Let’s consider the pros and cons of UUIDs and how we can use them with Hibernate and MySQL.

Version Numbers for Continuous Delivery with Maven and Docker

Posted on Jul 11, 2016

Version Numbers for Continuous Delivery with Maven and Docker

Dealing with version numbers is an important challenge on the way to Continuous Delivery. The classical versioning approach (“8.2.0”) and release workflow is inappropriate, because it can’t be automated properly. This post shows how we can leverage the Git commit hash to get rid of manual workflows and automate the Continuous Delivery pipeline. At the end, every build will produce an artifact which is potentially shippable. We’ll implement this solution with Maven and Docker.

Don’t Share Libraries among Microservices

Posted on Apr 17, 2016

Don’t Share Libraries among Microservices

Extracting common code to a library seems to be developer’s best practice. Reuse boosts the development, doesn’t it? However, in a microservice architecture shared libraries tightly couples microservices together. You lose a huge benefit of microservices: independence. In this post I like to point out why shared libraries are not a good idea and present alternatives.

Testing RESTful Services in Java: Best Practices

Posted on Mar 29, 2016

Testing RESTful Services in Java: Best Practices

Testing RESTful Web Services can be cumbersome because you have to deal with low-level concerns which can make your tests verbose, hard to read and to maintain. Fortunately, there are libraries and best practices helping you to keep your integration tests concise, clean, decoupled and maintainable. This post covers those best practices.

'MongoDB for Java Developers' (M101J) I: Experiences and Assessment

Posted on Feb 21, 2016

'MongoDB for Java Developers' (M101J) I: Experiences and Assessment

I attended the course “MongoDB for Java  Developer” (M101J). It was fun and I learned a lot about MongoDB. I like to share my gained knowledge and experience in a two-part series. In this first part I assess the course and state, whether or not the course is worth the time.

Don’t generate (everything). Or: Framework beats Generator

Posted on Jan 7, 2016

Don’t generate (everything). Or: Framework beats Generator

When we apply Model-Driven Software Development (MDSD) we write a generator which produces code out of a model. The promise is that among others, we can reduce the boilerplate code and accelerate the development. However, MDSD is not a cure-all and should be applied with sound judgment. In this post I cover some drawbacks of the generator approach, anti-patterns and present an alternative to generators: frameworks.