Monday, August 24, 2015

How Well Do You Know Your Collection API?

I recently spent some time going over the Java collection API and even though, it can be said it is one of the most used API in everyday programming with Java, I still had some "Oh I totally forgot about that" moments to "I did not even know that was so" realizations.

I will note down some of the interesting observations in this post, being as succinct as possible and backing with code examples when needed. It is intended to be a place I can always consult to get an overview of the API.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Embedding ElasticSearch In a Spring Application

This blog post will show how to have ElasticSearch embedded in a Spring Application.

Motivation


Why Embed ElasticSearch in an application? Simple. To reduce the infrastructure overhead an application needs in other to run, making it more portable.

It is also for the same reason you will want to embed, say a web server, within your application.

It is especially appropriate to have ElasticSearch embedded when the use case does not require the distributed features of ElasticSearch and all that is needed is just a single node.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Video Courses? Maybe, Maybe Not.

Sometimes last week I got to learn that one of my blog posts inspired folks at Webucator to make a video tutorial.

The video, which is seen below, is about a feature in Spring MVC. it was inspired by the post Injecting and Binding Objects to Spring MVC Controllers




I recently published a series of post on introducing Servlet based web application development in Java. The original idea was supposed to have the topic covered in a single post, not a series, but as soon as I started writing, it became obvious that the topic at hand is too broad to fit into a single post.

This sort of realization is fast becoming the norm when considering blogging tutorials that relates to Java, as the landscape is quite extensive, having various moving parts that an attempt to write short, relatively beginner level tutorials is almost impossible.

With this video, I might have just been inspired to consider video courses, as those seem to provide the apt medium for covering the vast landscape that is Java software development.

...or maybe not? as making videos definitely requires a whole lot more time... time, the luxury I currently do not have much of. :)

We'll see..

...and oh, by the way the folks at Webucator do offer Java Fundamental courses... You might want to check them out.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Introduction to Spring Boot as a Servlet Based Web Application Framework

This is the fifth and last post in the series on Introduction to servlet based web application in java. The previous posts in this series are:
  1. Introduction to the Servlet API, Web Server and Servlet Container
  2. Introduction to .war Packaging and Maven
  3. Quick Overview of Basic Maven Concepts
  4. How to Create .war Files with Maven Archetypes and Deploy to Tomcat
  5. How to Create .war Files with IntelliJ and Deploy to Tomcat
These posts have touched on web servers and containers, the servlet API, packaging war files and how to achieve this using built in support in IDE or via maven archetype. This post would conclude the series by taking a look at Spring boot.

How to Create .war Files with IntelliJ and Deploy to Tomcat

This post is the fourth post in the series of post on Introduction to Servlet based web application development in Java.

Previous post shows how to create Maven projects, package and deploy to either a standalone server or an embedded server, by directly using the Maven archetype; but since in practice, an IDE would be used for development, this post shows how to do the same using an IDE.

Intellij IDEA is used in this post. If using other IDEA (say Eclipse or NetBeans) you would have to consult the help section or online documentation for the corresponding steps in the IDE you use.

This post is adapted from Developing a Java EE application. A post which shows how to create and run a JEE web application, but it does not accomplish this with Maven and uses Glassfish as the application server instead of Tomcat which we are interested in.

What this post does is to modify the steps to include usage of Maven and then show steps on how to deploy to Tomcat

How to Create .war Files with Maven Archetypes and Deploy to Tomcat

 Maven Archetypes are project templating mechanism, implemented as a Maven plugin.Archetypes make it possible to define the barebone of a project’s structure and then use that to create other projects.

This post, which is the fourth in a series of posts on Servlet based web application development in Java, shows how Maven archetypes can be used to generate a Web application Maven project; how to edit it to print “hello world”; and also, how you can use Maven to package it up so it can be deployed to a Servlet container.

We would make use of two Maven archetypes to achieve this:
1. The maven-archetype-webapp  and
2. The Servlet3-maven-archetype

Let's get down to business

Quick Overview of Basic Maven Concepts

This post is the third in the series of posts that Introduces Servlet based web application development in Java. It would be an overview of Maven and it serves to provide the necessary basic information about Maven before we proceed to other post in the series that touches on how to use Maven to package .war files and to use archetypes to create and deploy a .war to Tomcat.

An in depth coverage of these Maven concepts or Maven capabilities in general is not something that can be covered in a single blogpost; what this post does then is to only touch on some of the concepts, especially the ones that would help in making sense of the topics that will be addressed further on in this series of post.