Recently I’ve found a very interesting project which allows to spin up docker containers for test purposes. Writing tests checking integration with external services is not an easy task. With testcontainers library it gets simpler because you can have external service up and running just for your test in a couple of lines of code.
Recently I had to set up some extra logic to be executed before running tests. I had two options - create yet another abstract class with some behavior or somehow extend Spock and introduce extra logic to be executed just before actual test starts. As we already have enough of abstract classes I decided to try and do the second option.
When the whole team agrees on coding standards we tend to be optimistic. We think that from now on everything will be exactly as we decided. The truth is that usually after a couple of months you’ll reinstall IDE or system and forget about configuration or new people join and it’s the Wild West all over again.
Spring provides many easy to use abstractions and you use many of them without even knowing about them. You probably know that in order to have @Transactional or @Cacheable annotation work spring creates proxies for you (sometimes proxies on top of proxies…), but have you ever wondered how it’s happening under the hood? What Creation of object proxies is a cumbersome task. One has to decide if the proxy should be created using native java mechanisms (JdkProxy available only on interfaces) or using cglib and it’s complicated interfaces.
Version management in maven (especially in multi-module projects) was not pleasant and required
multiple build steps, some magic commands and maybe bash script here and there. With version 3.5.0
new cool feature has been added to maven. From this
version you can easily customize your build number from build tools using simple properties like
In the past, I’ve been doing various things with maven. Some of them were standard, some were more complicated and a couple of them were complex. For those complex solutions, I felt like I needed a plugin but I’ve never had enough time to write it properly. In this post, I’m going to explore the basics of writing maven plugin.
Some time ago I’ve faced a very interesting support issue. Long story short it turned out that one of our applications was not connecting to proper service and as a result, it’s been displaying invalid data to users. After a bit of investigation, I’ve noticed that spring’s configuration mechanism did fallback to default value because of missing configuration key for the production profile. In this post, I’m going to present to you how we are going to avoid similar issues in the future.
Have you ever wondered how it’s possible that spring-boot is able to pick up whatever you have on
the classpath and configure application context to your needs based on some conventions and bit of
black magic? In this post, I’m going to dig into
spring.factories file on which most of the
spring-boot power is based.