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Observer Pattern with Spring Events

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INTRODUCTION The essence of the Observer Pattern is to ‘Define a one-to-many dependency between objects so that when one object changes state, all its dependents are notified and updated automatically.’ GoF. Observer pattern is a subset of publish/subscribe pattern which allows a number of observer objects to see an event. This pattern can be used in different situations, but in ...

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Build Flow Jenkins Plugin

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Most of us we are using Jenkins/Hudson to implement Continuous Integration/Delivery, and we manage job orchestration combining some Jenkins plugins like build pipeline, parameterized-build, join or downstream-ext. We require configuring all of them which implies polluting the job configuration through multiple jobs, which takes the system configuration very complex to maintain. Build Flow enables us to define an upper level ...

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Answering with Mockito

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When you are writing unit tests, you must keep in mind to not have dependencies to external components. To avoid this we use mock frameworks which for me the easiest one to use is Mockito. In this post we are going to see an ‘advanced’ technique used in Mockito to return same argument instance on a mocked method using Answer ...

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Bye, Bye, 5 * 60 * 1000 //Five Minutes, Bye, Bye

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In this post I am going to talk about one class that was first introduced in version 1.5, that I have used too much but talking with some people they said that they didn’t know it exists. This class is TimeUnit. TimeUnit class represents time durations at a given unit of granularity and also provides utility methods to convert to ...

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NoSQLUnit 0.3.0 Released

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Introduction Unit testing is a method by which the smallest testable part of an application is validated. Unit tests must follow the FIRST Rules; these are Fast, Isolated, Repeatable, Self-Validated and Timely. It is strange to think about a JEE application without persistence layer (typical Relational databases or new NoSQL databases) so should be interesting to write unit tests of ...

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Testing Abstract Classes and Template Method Pattern

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From wikipedia “A template method defines the program skeleton of an algorithm. One or more of the algorithm steps can be overridden by subclasses to allow differing behaviors while ensuring that the overarching algorithm is still followed”. Typically this pattern is composed by two or more classes, one that is an abstract class providing template methods (non-abstract) that have calls ...

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Log JDBC operations with Log4jdbc

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When we develop any application, after we finish it or when we end up any of its module, we start optimization process. Most applications contain database access, and if you are using an ORM, probably you will use hibernate. Optimizing hibernate persistence layer,requiresto be prepared to read, understand and evaluate sql. If we take an overview on hibernate configuration, two ...

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Hibernate Tip: Sort and Order

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Let’s introduce another hibernate performance tip. Do you remember the model of previous hibernate post? We had a starship and officer related with a one to many association.                 @Entity public class Starship { @Id @GeneratedValue(strategy=GenerationType.SEQUENCE) private Long id; public Long getId() {return id;} protected void setId(Long id) {this.id = id;} @OneToMany(mappedBy="starship", cascade={CascadeType.ALL}) ...

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Using slf4j with logback tutorial

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In current post I am going to show you how to configure your application to use slf4j and logback as logger solution. The Simple Logging Facade For Java (slf4j) is a simple facade for various logging frameworks, like JDK logging (java.util.logging), log4j, or logback. Even it contains a binding tat will delegate all logger operations to another well known logging ...

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Hibernate Performance Tips: Dirty Collection Effect

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After 8 years developing server and embedded applications using Hibernate as ORM, squeezing my brain seeking solutions to improve Hibernate performance, reading blogs and attending conferences, I decided to share this knowledge acquired during these years with you. This is the first post of many more posts to come: Last year I went to Devoxx as speaker but also I ...

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