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Turning Assertions Into a Domain-Specific Language

Assertions are an essential part of our unit tests. And yet, it so easy to neglect them. That is a shame because if we overlook the importance of assertions, the assert section of our ...
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A JUnit Rule to Conditionally Ignore Tests

I always believed that using @Ignore to deactivate tests is a bad idea. Except, maybe as one way to put tests that fail intermittently into quarantine to attend to them later (as Martin ...
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Provisioning Ubuntu With Java in 3 Steps

As I’ve written about before, Vagrant is handy tool for creating localized VMs. It’s a lot like firing up EC2 images, but, for the most part, things are localized (you can, by the ...
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Grails Goodness: Generating Raw Output with Raw Codec

Since Grails 2.3 all ${} expression output is automatically escaped on GSPs. This is very useful, because user input is now escaped and any HTML or JavaScript in the input value is ...
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The narrow path between best practices and over-engineering

A couple of days ago I read a post by Petri Kainulainen about The Dark Side of Best Practices. He really hit what – IMHO – on the one side should be totally obvious and ...
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MongoDB: GridFS remove method deletes all files in bucket

Some time ago we ran into strange behaviour of MongoDB’s GridFS which caused me creating a Bug Ticket for the MongoDB Java driver. Today I found the link to the bug ticket in ...
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Strategy Pattern ain’t meant for Spring!

Right, so lets say you’re writing a Spring MVC app and you decide, “I want to do seperate encapsulated algorithms that can be swapped to carry out a specific behaviour”. The ...
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21 signs of BAD MANAGERS I met in my career as a software manager

21 signs of BAD MANAGERS I met in my career as a software manager:Bias against action or against planning, simply waiting or postponing for ever; embrace the status-quo Secrecy, not ...
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Thymeleaf template layouts in Spring MVC application with no extensions

After some years with JSP/JSTL and Apache Tiles I started discovering Thymeleaf for my Spring MVC applications. Thymeleaf is a really great view engine and it simplifies and speeds ...
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Analyze package dependencies with structure101

One key to a stable application is a well-structured codebase. We know that we should build as many black boxes as possible, because as soon as one black box is finished, we no longer ...
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