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Monitoring across frameworks

Gone are the times when developers' jobs ended with the release of the application. Nowadays, developers care more and more about the operational side of IT: perhaps they operate applications themselves, but more probably, their organization fosters increased collaboration between Dev and Ops. I started to become interested in the Ops side of software when I was still a consultant. When Spring Boot released the Actuator, I became excited. Via its convention-other-configuration nature, it was po

Functional Programming API Optional Stream

Optional.stream()

This week, I learned about a nifty 'new' feature of Optional that I want to share in this post. It’s available since Java 9, so its novelty is relative. Let’s start with the following sequence to compute the total price of an order: public BigDecimal getOrderPrice(Long orderId) { List<OrderLine> lines = orderRepository.findByOrderId(orderId); BigDecimal price = BigDecimal.ZERO; (1) for (OrderLine line : lines) { price = price.add(line.getPrice());

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The state of JVM desktop frameworks: SWT

This is the 3rd post in the The state of JVM desktop frameworks focus series. This series is dedicated to the state of JVM desktop frameworks. After having had a look at Swing the previous week, this post focuses on the Standard Widget Toolkit. SWT originates from the Eclipse project, an IDE. For Eclipse, the developers built a dedicated framework to build their graphic components upon. Swing implements the drawing of widgets in Java from scratch. On the opposite, SWT is a thin wrapper API that r

JAR Assembly Shade Spring Boot Maven

Creating self-contained executable JARs

When your application goes beyond a dozen of lines of code, you should probably split the code into multiple classes. At this point, the question is how to distribute them. In Java, the classical format is the Java ARchive, better known as the JAR. But real-world applications probably depend on other JARs. This post aims to describe ways to create self-contained executable JARs, also known as uber-JARs or fat JARs. What is an executable JAR? A JAR is just a collection of class files. To be

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The state of JVM desktop frameworks: introduction

This is the 1st post in the The state of JVM desktop frameworks focus series. I’m interested in GUI applications since I’ve starting coding. Building a back-end app that manages teraflops of operations is an impressive engineering feat. But the feedback cycle when developing a desktop app is much shorter. That makes it, at least for me, much more motivating. This is even truer for side-projects.

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Musings around a Dockerfile for Jekyll

If you like cool stories about how an engineer, faced with an impossible problem, overcame all odds and solved it, this post is not for you. This is a story of how I spent a non-trivial amount of time, how I hit a couple of walls, and how I nearly came back to square one. Why do I write it? The first reason is for me: I want to document my journey so if I ever think about trying again in the future, I’ll have some arguments against it. Second, in opposition to the actual zeitgeist, you le