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Author Archives: Pascal Alma

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.

Example of using extensions in Swift

Recently I needed a image in my iOS app that was oscillating. I ran into an example of Swift code that showed how to do it and it was actually quite easy to do (for the theory behind the formula see this). The code makes use of the ‘extension’ feature in Swift. This is a really cool feature in Swift. ...

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Starting developing in Swift: Using GitLab with XCode

As showed in my previous post I have set up a GitLab account so I can host my Git repositories there. In this post I will show how you can combine XCode (v7.1) with GitFlow and GitLab. In fact I will end up to use both XCode (for programming) and the Terminal (for my GitFlow) but that is the same ...

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Adding a NAT to your AWS VPC

In a previous post I described how to setup a VPC with both private and public subnets with AWS. In the post I showed a basic configuration in which we saw that the instances in the private subnet didn’t have internet access, which was necessary to run ‘yum update’, for instance. In this post I will show you one way ...

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Setting up your own VPC with AWS

When you are using AWS resources like EC2 instances they will be assigned to a default VPC. However, by using AWS it is quite easy to setup your own VPC. In this post I describe how to setup a basic configuration. This is a setup in which we have a public subnet for our servers that have to be accessible ...

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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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More advanced stuff with JMS and AWS SQS


As you might know SQS in AWS SQS stands for ‘Simple Queue Service’. While playing around with it I recently found one of the reasons why it may be called ‘simple’. In two previous posts (here and here) I showed to use SQS as a JMS queue provider in combination with the Spring Framework. With this basic setup I decided ...

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Creating a Message Driven Bean with AWS SQS in Spring


In my previous post I showed a simple example how to use AWS SQS with Spring Framework to put messages on a queue and to read them from the queue. In this post I go one step further and use Spring to create a ‘Message Driven Bean’ so each message that is put on the queue is picked up and ...

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Using AWS SQS as JMS provider with Spring


Recently AWS published a new client library that implements the JMS 1.1 specification and uses their Simple Queue Service (SQS) as the JMS provider (see Jeff Barr’s post here). In my post I will show you how to set up your Maven project to use the Spring Framework to use this library. We will perform the following steps:     ...

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