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Technical Leadership


As companies grow and mature, it is difficult to maintain the pace of innovation that existed in the early days. This is why as many companies mature (i.e. Fortune 500), they sometimes lose their innovation edge. The edge is lost when technical leadership in the company either takes a backseat or evolves to a different role (different than the role ...

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Custom Boolean User Type with Hibernate JPA


The ANSI SQL 1999 standard introduced a BOOLEAN data type (although unfortunately only as an optional feature). But to date it still isn’t implemented by most major database systems. As a consequence boolean columns are implemented in various ways. E.g., CHAR columns containing ‘Y’ or ‘N’, or using BIT columns. Subsequently, there is no way for JPA to provide a ...

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RESTful Error Handling with Spring


This post will illustrate a way in which exception handling can be implemented for RESTful web services in Spring in such a manner that the exception handling concerns are separated from the application logic. Taking advantage of the @ControllerAdvice annotation we are able to create a global helper class for all controllers. By adding methods that we annotate with both ...

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Docker Tools in Eclipse


Upcoming Docker Tooling for Eclipse gave a preview of Docker Tooling coming in Eclipse. This Tech Tip will show how to get started with it. NOTE: This is pretty bleeding edge and so some of the features may be half baked. But we are looking for all the feedback! The Docker tooling is aimed at providing at minimum the same basic level ...

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Getting started with AWS IAM


Recently AWS announced that using IAM Roles with their EMR service will be mandatory as of June 30 this year. In this post I will show you how to setup the IAM basics when you are starting with AWS. When you are starting from scratch with your new AWS account then you will see the following management console. Choose the ...

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Backpressure in action with websockets and akka-streams


So in the previous article I showed how you could create a websocket server using akka-streams. In this follow up article we’ll look a bit closer on how backpressure works with websockets (and probably any TCP based protocol on top of akka). To show you this we’ll use the same setup as we did in the article on visualizing backpressure. ...

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Rx-netty and Karyon2 based cloud ready microservice


Netflix Karyon provides a clean framework for creating cloud-ready micro-services. In your organization if you use the Netflix OSS stack consisting of Eureka for service registration and discovery, Archaius for property management, then very likely you use Karyon to create your microservices. Karyon has been undergoing quite a lot of changes recently and my objective here is to document a ...

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Using separate Postgres Schemas for the same database in a Grails App


Recently, I wanted to use the same Postgres Database but split my persistence layer into separate components which used separate schemas. The motivation was to promote modular design, separate concerns and stop developers tripping up over each other. Vertical domain models can be difficult to achieve but not impossible. In my shopping application, I had a user component, a shopping ...

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