I’ve been playing with GraalVM AOT compilation capability since I became aware of it. As a long-time Spring aficionado, I carefully monitored the efforts that the engineers at Tanzu have put into making Spring AOT-compatible. Recently, they announced the beta version of the integration. In this post, I want to check how easy it is to produce a (working!) Docker image from an existing Spring Boot application. Introduction GraalVM provides many different features. Among them, the componen
I’ve been recently developing a Spring Boot application, and to speed up my development speed, I added Developer Tools as a dependency. By default, classes loaded in the HotSpot JVM can be updated only if the later runs in debug mode, and only for changes regarding method implementation. This means adding an attribute to an class requires a full restart. DevTools is an improvement over that. It works by tweaking the standard classloading mechanism: one classloader is dedicated to librar
This week, during a workshop related to a Java course I give at a higher education school, I noticed the code produced by the students was mostly - ok, entirely, procedural. In fact, though the Java language touts itself as an Object-Oriented language, it’s not uncommon to find such code developed by professional developers in enterprises. For example, the JavaBean specification is in direct contradiction of one of OOP’s main principle, encapsulation.
Every now and then, there’s an angry post or comment bitching about how the Spring framework is full of XML, how terrible and verbose it is, and how the author would never use it because of that. Of course, that is completely crap. First, when Spring was created, XML was pretty hot. J2EE deployment descriptors (yes, that was the name at the time) was XML-based. Anyway, it’s 2017 folks, and there are multiple ways to skin a cat. This article aims at listing the different ways a Sprin
Regular readers of this blog know I’m a big proponent of the Spring framework, but I’m quite opinionated in the way it should be used. For example, I favor explicit object instantiation and explicit component wiring over self-annotated classes, component scanning and autowiring. Concepts Though those concepts are used by many Spring developers, my experience has taught me they are not always fully understood. Some explanation is in order. Self-annotated classes Self-annotated c