Spring Boot

I have recently added an RSS feed to the site and thought I'm going to explain how it can be done. This is not a rocket science though it'll be good to discuss how to fit it into modern Spring Boot app using Java Configuration. In the process maybe one can also learn about creating custom views and some inner workings of Spring MVC.Read more

When Google rolled out v2.0 of their reCAPTCHA service I got a nice email from them reminding me to upgrade. Since I like shiny new things and have a liberty of freely implementing them they needn't ask me twice to do so. As for what's new and shiny in it - they market is as noCAPTCHA reCAPTCHA, meaning no more typing hard to read text from an image we all got used to. You get a nice checkbox-like thing instead, and they are able to tell from the way it's ticked whether it was of human doing for most of the time. When they are not able to tell, you might get tormented to click food pictures instead, which to me happens especially often whenever I decided to skip my lunch. Still better than trying to decipher a cryptic piece of text I think. Read more

Having metrics collected is vital for ...just anything, besides relationships maybe :) My favourite quote by Deming goes like this: "You can't manage what you can't measure". Without it either your experience, prediction and planning skills are so awesome that everything works as expected, or you're just deluding yourself. It's hard data that gives you feedback to confront your actions with reality. It's not only important on company-wide level, or in project management, processes, or when counting conversions in Google Analytics. There are metrics you can collect down on the application level, so can have insight on how it is performing, being used and that it works at all. A nice tool exists for Spring Boot apps to do that, and this is Spring Actuator I'm going to write about today. Read more

Spring Security had some opinions of being complicated to use. Well, of course it's quite complicated when you look at it, as its scope covers a lot of use-cases. Thing is that, truly in a Spring spirit, you don't have to use every feature there is at once for the use-case you are having. In fact, when you start cherry-picking and back it with Spring Boot, it doesn't appear so complicated anymore.Read more

Maybe it's basic, but still, sometimes some suboptimal usage of logger can be seen. There also is/was a notion that Java applications tend to overuse logging. That may or not be true, but using the logger properly should have minimal performance implications on the application. This one is to give you few recommendations for logging things in Java, based on my experience. Feel free to disagree in comments. Read more

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