Articles for August, 2015

Testing Asynchronous Applications with Java and Awaitility

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Writing tests for asynchronous applications has never been much fun as we’re always struggling with the problem how to determine state changes, handle process terminations, dealing with timeouts or failures and stuff like this.

Awaitility eases this process for us offering a nice DSL, rich support for languages like Scala or Groovy and an easy-to-use syntax that’s even more fun when using it with Java 8′s lambda expressions.

In the following short introduction I’d like to demonstrate writing some tests different scenarios.


Creating and Providing HipChat Integrations with Atlassian Connect, Nodejs and Express

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

HipChat is Atlassian’s alternative to Slack and its solution to team collaboration chats. Atlassian Connect offers developer tools to bootstrap applications, connect to Atlassian’s cloud products with easy and in combination with HipChat’s REST APIs allows us to write integrations for such a chat server in no time.

In the following tutorial I’d like to show how to write an integration within a few steps using Atlassian Connect, Node.js and Express and how to connect the integration to a HipChat server.

Finally on the one hand I’m going to explain how to speed up local development with ngrok, an in-memory database and nodemon for automatic application restarts and on the other hand I’m going to demonstrate how to configure the application for production, running with a Redis key-value store on Heroku.