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Jonny Hackett

Jonny Hackett

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Jonny is a Senior Software Engineer and Mentor with 15+ years of experience in IT. As a Java Developer, avid SportingKC fan, and photographer (check him out on www.Facebook.com/no9photography.) , Jonny is also our resident Spring Batch expert.

Spring Batch Job Flow

Spring Batch Job Flow Using a JobExecutionDecider

Jonny Hackett Development Technologies, Java, Spring, Spring Batch, Tutorial Leave a Comment

In this tutorial for Spring Batch, we’re going to take a look at Programmatic Flow decisions in a Spring Batch job using Spring’s JobExecutionDecider. Spring Batch is a pretty powerful framework and this is another useful tool to have in your Spring Batch toolbox.

To demonstrate, I’ll use a scenario that came up recently while working on my client’s project. After explaining the situation and my goals, I’ll jump into a detailed, step-by-step guide. Let’s get started!

Read XML

Using JAXB And StaxEventItemReader To Read XML Data

Jonny Hackett Development Technologies, Programming, Spring, Spring Batch Leave a Comment

In one of my previous Spring Batch blog articles, I wrote about the need to read a set of data, process the data, and export the transformed data into XML for consumption by another system. In this blog, I’ll be doing the opposite. I’ll show you how to read data from an XML format instead.

Spring Batch for XML

Spring Batch: Using JAXB And StaxEventItemWriter To Generate XML

Jonny Hackett Java, Spring Batch, Tutorial 2 Comments

While working with a client recently, my team was given the task to retrieve the held securities and account data from the system and export it to XML with the goal of importing it into another external system. The solution involved building a Spring Batch job that would read a set held security data, export that to XML data, and deliver the file to the external vendor securely.

In this blog, I’ll be giving a tutorial on how to execute this solution. These requirements form the basis for the example we’ll use.

Spring Batch Testing & Mocking Revisited with Spring Boot

Jonny Hackett Development Technologies, Java, Spring, Spring Batch, Spring Boot, Testing 3 Comments

Several years ago, 2012 to be precise, I wrote an article on an approach to unit testing Spring Batch Jobs. My editors tell me that I still get new readers of the post every day, so it is time to revisit and update the approach to a more modern standard.

The approach used in the original post was purely testing the individual pieces containing any business logic. Back then, we didn’t have some of the mocking capabilities that we have today, so I went with an approach that made sense at the time.

However, there have been a few improvements in the past several years. One of those improvements has been the ability to Mock beans within a Spring Context. That’s where the @MockBean annotation comes to the rescue.

Using Apache POI With Protected Excel Files

Jonny Hackett Development Technologies, Java, Spring Batch 1 Comment

While working on a recent project at a client, we had the opportunity to refactor some data extracts that were using a commercial Excel writing library, which we then converted to using the Apache POI Library for Excel. These data extracts were reports that included some calculated values, and depending on the client, were required to be password protected. When completed, the reports would be emailed to the recipients configured for each client.

In this post, we discuss the challenge of delivering protected Microsoft documents via email. We introduce a Java code solution for emailing password-protected Excel files when using the Apache POI Library.

Some of the required calculations we chose to implement using Excel formulas. Implementing formulas wasn’t a hard task and worked for what was needed.