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Java SE 7 Update 25 – Release-Notes explained.

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Yesterday was CPU day. Oracle released the Java SE update 25 with the June Java Critical Patch Update. After the last major update in April this is the last one which does not fit into the Oracle Critical Patch Update schedule along with all other Oracle products. Starting in October 2013, Java security fixes will follow the four annual security ...

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Java EE 7 launch – Feedback and Press Coverage

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Java EE 7 is a couple of days old already. We all have had a chance to either watch the live launch events or the available replays. The last MR releases finished pushing their stuff to the JCP and it basically is a wrap. Time to reflect on what happened and what I think about it. Community Participation within the ...

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Documenting Compliance – About TCKs, Specifications and Testing

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Working with software specifications is hard. No matter in which exact filed; you end up with the big question: Does everything ever specified is implemented and tested? Back in the days of waterfall driven methodologies this has been an issue and even today at the time of writing, agility and user-stories still don’t guarantee you the perfect fit. Many of ...

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Unit Testing Tip: Create Descriptive Tests

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Your unit tests should be as descriptive as possible. The feedback they give you should be so clear you don’t even need to fire up the debugger and step one by one through the code to inspect your local variables. Why? Because that takes time and we’re lazy, right? In order to do so you need to create descriptive tests. ...

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MOXy’s @XmlVariableNode – JSON Schema Example

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We are in the process of adding the ability to generate a JSON Schema from your domain model to EclipseLink MOXy.  To accomplish this we have created a new Variable Node mapping. In this post I will demonstrate the new mapping by mapping a Java model to a JSON Schema. You can try this out today using a nightly build ...

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JMeter custom function implementation

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JMeter provides functions that can be used in the sampler. While writing complex test-plan you feel that JMeter is lacking some of the methods. You use Beanshell script to define your own custom method. JMeter invokes Beanshell interpreter to run script the script. This works fine as long as you don’t generate high load (high number of threads). But once ...

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Git configuration options you can’t miss

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Whenever I start using a new machine for development these are the first options I setup.                   First things first – Your name git config --global user.name "Andrea Salvadore" git config --global user.email "me@here.com" Better log messages git config --global alias.lg "log --color --graph --pretty=format:'%Cred%h%Creset -%C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(bold blue)<%an>%Creset' --abbrev-commit" This ...

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Simple Spring Memcached – Spring Caching Abstraction and Memcached

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Caching remains the one of the most basic performance enhancing mechanism in any read heavy database application. Spring 3.1 release came up with a cool new feature called Cache Abstraction. Spring Cache Abstraction provides the application developers an easy, transparent and decoupled way to implement any caching solution. Memcached is one of the most popular distributed caching system used across apps. In ...

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Maven: Start an external process without blocking your build

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Let’s assume that we have to execute a bunch of acceptance tests with a BDD framework like Cucumber as part of a Maven build. Using Maven Failsafe Plugin is not complex. But it has an implicit requirement: The container that hosts the implementation we are about to test needs to be already running. Many containers like Jetty or JBoss provide ...

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