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Rik Scarborough

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Rik Scarborough is a Kansas City-based software developer on the Keyhole Software team. He specializes in Enterprise Application Development using Java, Web Application Development, Spring Batch, Google's Appengine, Google Web Toolkit (GWT), and Groovy. Also, a student of conversational American Sign Language.

Documenting with Markdown

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In today’s environment, we have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to documenting our applications. We have a multitude of word processors, websites with word processors built in, wikis, and notes applications galore.

So you may be wondering, is there even any point in talking about ways to document your application? I think there is. In this blog, I’ll share my documentation tool and how and why you can use it in your own projects. It’s called Markdown.

Transferring Spring Batch Apps to AWS Cloud

Rik Scarborough AWS, Cloud, Development Technology, Spring, Spring Batch, Tutorial 2 Comments

The last few years have seen a lot of movement to bring applications that don’t require manual intervention from the mainframe to Unix, Linux, Windows servers, or even to the desktop. This concept is commonly known as batch programming, and Spring Batch has been the tool many of us are using to accomplish this. Another trend that is gaining steam is to move from an internally-hosted server to a cloud-hosted system.

In this post, we discuss multiple ways for transferring Spring Batch applications up to the AWS Cloud, including EC2, Docker, Lambda, and others. I concentrate on AWS in this post, but, from my experience in Google Cloud, the same ideas will apply…

Java-Based UI Frameworks

Rik Scarborough Java, Programming 1 Comment

In today’s development environment, there is an abundance of frameworks that we can choose from for front-end or user interface (UI) work.

I was recently talking with a friend about UI development. He has also been a programmer since programming was considered an arcane art (when those of us that did it were considered like Gandalf the Grey facing the Balrog). Or maybe we just saw ourselves that way. Regardless, both of us have been Java programmers for a great deal of that time.

We both lamented the fact that it was a context switch to go from coding most of our projects in Java, then needing to switch to JavaScript for the front end.

Based on conversations I’ve seen online, several readers are warming up their keyboards to chide me for complaining about having to code in JavaScript. Keep your keys cool, both of us and our co-workers are experienced in, and happy to write in, JavaScript and any of its frameworks for our clients. But using JavaScript isn’t always the best approach.

 In this post, we introduce two frameworks that allow you to code your user interface in Java: GWT & Vaadin…

Hello Micronaut

Rik Scarborough Java, Microservices, Testing Leave a Comment

From some of my previous posts, you can get the idea that I promote the idea of developing maintainable code rapidly. So I was pretty excited when I learned that the same group that was responsible for Grails was working on a similar project for Web Services. Hello, Micronaut.

In this post, I provide an introduction to the Micronaut framework and its features to provide a foundation for you to try it out yourself.

Reading and Writing from Excel in Spring Batch

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We have discussed many different ways to read and write data in Spring Batch. The framework comes with quite an assortment of Readers and Writers that can be used directly or reused in some manner. Most of the time, the requirements consist of reading the data from some type of text file or database.

So what happens when the business we are supporting asks for something out of the ordinary, such as reading an Excel file and outputting the data to another Excel file? Typically the off-the-cuff response would be, “can you convert it to a CSV or other delimited text file?” Or “You know, Excel will read a CSV file just fine.” Sometimes that works, and sometimes the business requirements do not allow that type of flexibility.

Consider this scenario; in these days of Cloud and other online computing, the input file is likely created by a server that the company has no direct access to as far as programming. The file it creates is in one format, Excel. The output of your process has to go before several executives or other business clients and needs to be formatted in a professional looking manner. Adding a manual process to import a CSV and format it diminishes the value of using Spring Batch.

For the sake of the honor of the coding profession, you agree to the requirement to read and write from an Excel file directly. Now, how do you do that?…