I used to chant the line about how static methods in Java were evil. In fact, you can find funny articles and stack Overflow discussions about how this is the case. So why am I shouting from the rooftops that statics are no longer evil? To answer that question, it’s important to realize that everything…
I’ve spent the last several weeks picking up something I started back in 2015. Way back then, in the airport departing SpringOne, I started working on the third mediatype for Spring HATEOAS. There were already two: the original one based on pure Jackson and HAL. This was Collection+JSON by Mike Amundsen. As a traveling consultant,…
I’ve been working on a pull request on Spring HATEOAS for six weeks. That’s right, six weeks. It was a community contribution, and there’s a lot to sift through. Yesterday morning, I was slated to conduct the first review with the project lead. But that wasn’t going to happen, because Java decided to do something Java…
This weekend I sent in the first draft for Chapter 2 – Reactive Web with Spring Boot (of Learning Spring Boot). Even though this is Chapter 2, it’s 80% of the book. That’s because I’m writing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 last, due to the amount they depend on Reactive Spring. This may sound rather…
Years ago, I discovered the Java Posse. It was a phenomenal podcast. Every episode was chockful of deep technical discussions, modern issues and revelations in the Java community, and just good old fashioned fun. I thirsted for every episode. These gentlemen were technical experts who also had loads of real world experience. They pointed me…
I just shipped off chapter 1, “Quick Start with Groovy”. Last night, I dug through and updated the code samples along with outputs to Spring Boot 1.1.1.RELEASE, which went out late yesterday. It really is awesome having that effort minimized thanks to AsciiDoc! Basically, I edited the code directly, re-ran the bits where I had captured…
A key turning point in my career was when I was able to take over a non-functional Java Swing app. I had worked for years on a mission critical, 24×7 system written in a now non-existent language and runtime. Frankly, I was a bit tired of it. I had managed a total of seven employees…
Someone posted to me a question through meetupcom, “Greg, what is the best testing tool?” I didn’t have room to reply. I posted my response inside the Nashville JUG Google Group we host, but I thought today, it would be better to capture it here. Asking “what is the best tool” with no other context…
Lately, I have had to work on a Java solution that involved locking down SSL. What do I mean by this? Quite simply, the list of default ciphers provided to Java’s SSLSocket/SSLServerSocket includes some really crazy choices. A few are low grade ciphers (40 bit and 56 bit), and some even have no encryption. Essentially,…
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- Live Coding w/ Spring Data @ SpringOne Platform 2016
- Spinnaker: Land of a 100 Builds @ SpringOne Platform 2016
- Spring Data REST @ SpringOne 2015
- Spring Data REST @ DevNexus 2015
- Debug and Maintain Your Spring Boot App – 7/9/2015
- Cloud Foundry After Dark – 2/15/2015
- Screencast: REST app built in five minutes or less – 11/20/2014
- Spring Data REST – Data Meets Hypermedia – 2014
- Building Your App Mgmt Tools w/ Spring Boot – 2014
- Grails in the Real World™ – 2013
- Darklight cover reveal! February 20, 2018
- Why statics are no longer evil February 9, 2018
- Building a recording studio without breaking the bank January 30, 2018
- A tale of two mediatypes January 18, 2018
- How TDD is wrong November 14, 2017
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