Spring Boot Profiles: A Strategic Way to Configure Applications

Greg Rice Java, Spring, Spring Boot, Technology Snapshot 1 Comment

Most applications use properties as variables or parameters that have been extracted from the main logic and injected into the application at runtime. Traditionally, these properties existed in files deployed to the server.

One application of Spring Boot is the Profile feature, which allows developers to place related properties and their values into application properties files, thus allowing deployment scripts to refer to the logical groupings of properties with a single environment variable reference at runtime, which greatly simplifies the application.

In this blog, I’ll provide an introduction to Spring Boot Profiles, showing Profiles in action with tangible code examples…

Cucumber Testing in Spring Batch

Dallas Monson Spring, Spring Batch, Technology Snapshot, Testing Leave a Comment

With the evolution of microservices and the scalable nature of modern distributed architectures, batch processing seems to be falling out of favor. In fact, the term batch processing itself seems to be unfavorably associated with monolithic mainframe applications and thus does not seem to have much appeal.

Unless, of course, you are working on a project that is being designed to replace or modernize one of those mainframe applications. If that is the case, then likely some sort of batch process has come up with a non-functional requirement that needs to be dealt with in the new system.

For this specific concern, a very powerful framework has been provided: Spring Batch. It has many of the same features of a mainframe batch process like restart/recovery, chunk processing, and error handling along with exit codes. This framework allows developers to create powerful batch processing applications in the Spring Framework and enjoy the rich backplane of capabilities that this provides.

Continuing with the modernization thread, you will likely be tasked with providing some assurances to the business that the new, modernized process will produce the same outcome as the one that is being replaced. Here is where testing comes in, and where Cucumber specifically shines.

Cucumber provides behavioral testing support in the Spring universe. This allows developers and business users to collaborate through a common set of conventions and verbiage to validate that the app is behaving how the business intended as well as how the developer coded it.

In this post we will cover the following:
Why use Cucumber with Spring Batch
An overview of Cucumber and an example Cucumber Test
How to start with Cucumber and Spring Batch…

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Pseudo-Static Row Mappers, a Healthy Alternative to Static Row Mapping

Ryan McCullough Java, Spring Leave a Comment

If you know Spring, chances are pretty good that you’ve also worked with RowMappers and everyone’s #1 favorite BeanPropertyRowMapper. Okay, maybe not EVERYONE. But EVERYONE will acknowledge BPRM’s power potential and how wonderfully easy it is to use!

While BeanPropertyRowMapper may be the smartest and most beautiful on the RowMapper block, many in the industry refuse to give it the time of day, and for perfectly justified reasons.

Sometimes, when we can’t have beauty and wisdom, we’re forced to settle for loud and predictable. Yes, I’m talking about hardcoded, unchanging, tell-it-like-it-is, static RowMapper. Hate on them all you like, Static RowMappers are fast, easy to understand, and they seem to replicate like tribbles.

But, as many of you know, an application can grow into a swamp of one-off RowMappers. ESPECIALLY if you are working with a lot of high-throughput batch operations that need to run strictly optimized queries for performance as to avoid any unnecessary marshaling of data.

Recently, I’ve tried a mildly clever alternative to RowMapping I like to call Pseudo-Static Row Mappers. In this post, I introduce the basics of Pseudo-Static Row Mappers. We show how they give the tough rigid optimization and control of hard-coded naming and data typing while retaining BeanPropertyRowMapper’s spirit of freedom.

Encouraging Good Behavior with JUnit 5 Test Interfaces

Billy Korando Effective Automated Testing With Spring Series, Java, Spring, Technology Snapshot, Testing 2 Comments

JUnit 5, released in September of 2017, is the first major release for the popular JUnit testing framework in a little over a decade. I recently presented on JUnit 5 at Lava One Conf in Hawaii in January. If you have heard about JUnit 5, but are not yet familiar with it, you can check out my presentation here, as well as the JUnit 5 User Guides.

While researching for my presentation, one new feature in JUnit 5 really caught my eye was the ability to declare tests on default methods in interfaces. This feature caught my eye because two issues I frequently face are encouraging developers to write automated tests and promoting consistent patterns across the enterprise. In this article we are going to look at how test interfaces can help accomplish both of these goals.

Four Common Mistakes That Make Automated Testing More Difficult

Billy Korando Effective Automated Testing With Spring Series, Java, Spring, Technology Snapshot, Testing 2 Comments

This article is part of my blog series on automated testing promoting my new Pluralsight course Effective Automated Testing with Spring. Automated testing is an essential step in the development process (as covered in the first blog post in this series). Unfortunately, writing automated tests is often skipped because it’s difficult or there is a high maintenance cost associated with the tests written. …