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Pascal is a senior JEE Developer and Architect at 4Synergy in The Netherlands. Pascal has been designing and building J2EE applications since 2001. He is particularly interested in Open Source toolstack (Mule, Spring Framework, JBoss) and technologies like Web Services, SOA and Cloud technologies. Specialties: JEE, SOA, Mule ESB, Maven, Cloud Technology, Amazon AWS.

right-pad values with XSLT

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In this post an XSLT function that can be used to right-pad the value of an element with a chosen character to a certain length. No rocket science but this might become handy again so by putting it down here I don’t have to reinvent it later. The function itself looks like:               <xsl:stylesheet ...

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Mule ESB, ActiveMQ and the DLQ

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In this post I will show a simple Mule ESB flow to see the DLQ feature of Active MQ in action. I assume you have a running Apache ActiveMQ instance available (if not you can download a version here). In this example I make use of Mule ESB 3.4.2 and ActiveMQ 5.9.0. We can create a simple Mule project based ...

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Running multiple ActiveMQ instances on one machine

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A few weeks ago I started making use of Apache ActiveMQ again as the JMS provider with my Mule ESB solution. Since it had been a few years that I used ActiveMQ I thought it would be nice to check out some of the (new) features like the failover transport and other clustering features. To be able to test these ...

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Unit testing a Java Hadoop job

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In my previous post I showed how to setup a complete Maven based project to create a Hadoop job in Java. Of course it wasn’t complete because it is missing the unit test part . In this post I show how to add MapReduce unit tests to the project I started previously. For the unit test I make use of ...

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Run your Hadoop MapReduce job on Amazon EMR

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I have posted a while ago how to setup an EMR cluster by using CLI. In this post I will show how to setup the cluster by using the Java SDK for AWS. The best way to show how to do this with the Java AWS SDK is to show the complete example in my opinion, so lets start. Set ...

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Writing a Hadoop MapReduce task in Java

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Although Hadoop Framework itself is created with Java the MapReduce jobs can be written in many different languages. In this post I show how to create a MapReduce job in Java based on a Maven project like any other Java project.                 Prepare the example input Lets start with a fictional business case. ...

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Source control your database with Liquibase

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I recently started to use Liquibase on a project to keep track of the database changes in our Java Enterprise application. I must say that I like the way it works. It makes the deployment of my application (or a new release of it) to another environment easier and (more) fool proof. In the past I had to supply a ...

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Archiving data to AWS Glacier

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For archiving your data at AWS you can use AWS Glacier. This service offers cheaper storage than the S3 service but the downside is that your data won’t be accessible right away as it is with S3. It may take a few hours to restore the data but if you are using this service for real archiving purposes this shouldn’t ...

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Working with Amazon Web Services (EC2)

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As posted before I attended to a technical handson AWS training last week. The subjects during these days were of course the standard EC2 and S3 services which I have used before. Added to that we worked with RDS, Elastic Load Balancing, SNS and VPC, Elastic Beanstalk and discussed a lot of terminology and business cases. In this post I ...

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