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Log4j RCE 0-day vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) mitigation actions

I had an update from my very good friend and excellent consultant Stella Varvarigou in which she explained me that setting com.sun.jndi.rmi.object.trustURLCodebase and com.sun.jndi.cosnaming.object.trustURLCodebase to false does not fully mitigate the threat as it is possible to send the exploit code with the request.[2] Introduction Apache Log4j, the most popular logging system, has announced a zero-day exploit CVE-2021-44228 on December 9, 2021 that results ...

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Cloud Build and Gradle/Maven Caching

One of the pain points in all the development projects that I have worked on has been setting up/getting an infrastructure for automation. This has typically meant getting access to an instance of Jenkins. I have great respect for Jenkins as a tool, but each deployment of Jenkins tends to become a Snowflake over time with the different set of ...

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Static website generation with Java, Maven and JBake

Did you notice? Last week, we migrated the entire www.optaplanner.org website (1399 files) to build with Java and Maven, instead of Ruby and Rake. On the face of it, nothing changed. But in the sources, for our team of Java developers, it is a game changer. Our java team can now contribute to the website easily. Within hours of completing ...

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Jenkins: Automating your delivery pipeline

In this post, we are going to create a Jenkins pipeline for a Java Spring project using Maven and Git: Accessing Jenkins dashboard and configuring Maven in Jenkins: Click on “Manage Jenkins” and then in “Global Tool Configuration” Add a Maven installation and provide a name for it. Click on Save. Creation of our first build job in Jenkins for ...

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Testing using TestContainers


Part of our everyday ci/cd tasks involve using containers in order for the tests to take effect.So what if you could control the containers you use through your tests and serve your scenarios better.Also what if you could do this in a more managed way? Testcontainers is a Java library that supports JUnit tests, providing lightweight, throwaway instances of common ...

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All Your Tests Belong to You: Maintaining Mixed JUnit 4/JUnit 5 and Testng/JUnit 5 Test Suites

If you are seasoned Java developer who practices test-driven development (hopefully, everyone does it), it is very likely JUnit 4 has been your one-stop-shop testing toolbox. Personally, I truly loved it and still love: simple, minimal, non-intrusive and intuitive. Along with terrific libraries like Assertj and Hamcrest it makes writing test cases a pleasure. But time passes by, Java has ...

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Rebuild a Maven repository in 3 steps

In this blog post, I will show a way to very quickly rebuild a Maven repository without having to set up a project. Step 1: Delete all artifacts Cleanse your Maven repository by deleting the contents of the /.m2/repository directory. Ensure to delete the settings.xml file if so required. Step 2: Create a dummy POM file Create the simplest POM ...

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It is never enough of them: enriching Apache Avro generated classes with custom Java annotations

Apache Avro, along with Apache Thrift and Protocol Buffers, is often being used as a platform-neutral extensible mechanism for serializing structured data. In the context of event-driven systems, the Apache Avro‘s schemas play the role of the language-agnostic contracts, shared between loosely-coupled components of the system, not necessarily written using the same programming language. Probably, the most widely adopted reference ...

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How to publish jar to Maven central

You created your brand new project and you want to release it to maven central so people can use in their maven based project. It is not a really straightforward thing to accomplish so I wanted to write a step by step guide on it (based on his stackoverflow post).  –Create your jira account on sonatype -Login to your jira ...

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