Web Architecture, Java Ecosystem, Software Craftsmanship

Kotlin in Practice with Spring Boot and Vaadin

Posted on Dec 21, 2016

Kotlin in Practice with Spring Boot and Vaadin

Coding with Kotlin is great fun. But things are getting really interesting when we try to use Kotlin in conjunction with popular frameworks like Spring Boot and Vaadin. The development with those frameworks can benefit a lot from Kotlin. However, we have to pay attention to some pitfalls.

Kotlin. The Java Ecosystem deserves this Language.

Posted on Nov 20, 2016

Kotlin. The Java Ecosystem deserves this Language.

We at Spreadshirt have started to use the JVM language Kotlin in a couple of services. This ended up in great enthusiasm. Kotlin allows us to significantly reduce the boilerplate and to write more robust and readable code. In fact, I don’t want to write Java anymore. In this post I like to show you why.

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.