Articles for June, 2013

Handling Feature Flags in a Java EE Application using Togglz

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Feature flags are a common technique, often combined with continuous deployment and delivery and they allow us to rollback a specific feature, to create A/B tests or to rollout a specific feature for a specific test group, a specific amount of users or dedicated systems.

In the following short examples I’d like you to demonstrate how easy it is to implement feature flags with the Togglz framework with a few steps in a Java EE environment.


Creating and Packaging a Game in Java FX 2.2

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

It’s been a long way for Java FX from the days of the F3 project the current release 2.2. Today there are many options how to create a Java FX application .. you may be using Java, Scala, Groovy or Visage, you may create your application in a programmatic way using the comfortable integrated builders or you may create your views using XML layouts and easy data-bindings with a few annotations.

If you need to bind your UI component properties to a specific application state, there’s a nice properties- and bindings API that makes your life easier.

In the following tutorial, I’m going to create a simple game application – one version using FXML templates, model- and controller classes and using external stylesheets – the other version as a programmatic version in one java class.

Finally I’m showing how easy it is to create a shippable application either as runnable jar or as Java Web Start/JNLP application by using Gradle and the Java FX Plugin for Gradle.


Arquillian Transaction Extension: Transaction Rollback for your Java EE Integration Tests

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

I really love Arquillian to run integration tests for my Java EE applications – especially when running on different containers – and I also love the Arquillian tool stack from Arquillian Drone to the Arquillian Persistence Extensions.

Today I’d like to share a short snippet how to achieve transaction rollbacks when testing an EJB in combination with Arquillian and the Arquillian Transaction Extension…