Archive for the ‘Enterprise’ Category

Java EE 7 JMX Reports with Yammer Metrics

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

There are several ways to aggregate and report application performance indicators in a Java application. One common way here is to use Java Management Extensions (JMX) and MBeans.

The Yammer Metrics Library eases this task for us and simplifies the aggregation of different reports.

In the following tutorial, we’re going to set up a full Java EE 7 web application by the help of Maven archetypes and we’re running the application on WildFly application server that is downloaded and configured completely by the WildFly Maven Plugin.

Finally our application is going to use the Java API for JSON Processing to parse lists of public repositories from the Bitbucket REST API to aggregate different reports, exported via JMX so that we’re finally able to view these reports with jconsole or jmeter.

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Java EE 7 Database Migrations with Liquibase and WildFly

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

I have written about other database migration frameworks before but in this article I’d like to cover the Liquibase framework in combination with WildFly as Java EE 7 compatible application server.

In the following tutorial, we’re going to write a full Java EE 7 book store application with a few steps and with Liquibase on board to create the database structure and insert example data into the database.

Thanks to the WildFly Maven Plug-in we even do not need to download and configure the application server but let Maven and the plug-in do the work for us.

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Java EE: Logging User Interaction the Aspect-Oriented Way using Interceptors

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Using dependency injection and aspect-oriented mechanisms like interceptors allow us to separate cross-cutting-concerns in our Java enterprise application, to control global aspects of our application and to avoid boilerplate code.

In the following short tutorial we’re going to create an aspect-oriented logger to protocol the initiating user, class and method called and the parameters passed to the method and finally we’re adding this interceptor to a sample RESTful web-service by adding a simple annotation.

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Creating a Chat Application using Java EE 7, Websockets and GlassFish 4

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Java EE 7 is out now and so I was curious to play around with the new specifications and APIs from in this technology stack.

That’s why I didn’t hesitate to add yet another websocket-chat tutorial to the existing ones on the internet in favor of gathering some experience with this technology and a possible integration using a GlassFish 4 server, the new Java API for JSON Processing for data serialization combined with custom websocket encoders/decoders and finally adding some Bootstrap and jQuery on the client side.

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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.

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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…

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Continuous Deployment using GlassFish, Jenkins, Maven and Git

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Recently I needed a quick solution to deploy a Java EE 6 web application on a GlassFish instance automatically and subsequent to a successful build of the project on the integration server.

It took only a few steps using Jenkins, Maven and the Cargo plugin and I’d like to share this quick solution with you here.

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Easy Database Migrations using Flyway, Java EE 6 and GlassFish

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Database migrations often are a necessity in the application development and maintenance life-cycle.

Whenever we need to apply changes to the database structure, insert new data fragments and in doing so want to be sure that this all happens with some control and versioning.

The following tutorial shows how implement this for a simple Java EE 6 web application to be run on a GlassFish application server in a few quick steps using the Flyway framework, an eager initialized Singleton EJB and some Maven wiring.

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Using Apache Camel with Scala and the Camel Scala DSL

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Whenever I encounter a situation where I have to mix a blend of different services and endpoints and apply one or more of the traditional enterprise integration patterns then Apache Camel often is my weapon of choice.

I simply love how easy it is to set up some datasources, add some routing magic, data transformers, load balancers, content enrichers and enjoy the result.

Another thing that I’m beginning to love is Scala and so this is the perfect time to write an article about using Scala and Apache Camel together.

In the following tutorial we’re setting up our environment using SBT and Scala we’ll take a look at several interesting use cases for camel.

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Task Scheduling in Java EE 6 on GlassFish using the Timer Service

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Creating cronjobs or scheduled service executions is made really easy in Java EE 6. Scheduled tasks may be created in a programmatical style or simply by adding some annotations to an EJB.

In the following tutorial we’re creating some simple scheduled tasks and let them run on an embedded GlassFish instance using the Maven Embedded GlassFish plugin..

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Arquillian Tutorial: Writing Java EE 6 Integration Tests and more..

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Now that the long awaited stable version of the Arquillian framework is released I wanted to demonstrate some interesting features of  this framework that really eases writing and running of integration tests for Java EE 6 applications in many different ways.

In the following tutorial we are going to create some real-world examples using Enterprise JavaBeans, Contexts and Dependency Injection, the Java Persistence API and we’re finally running Drone/Selenium tests against a JEE Web Application that is using Java Server Faces.

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Wiring made easy using OSGi Blueprint and Apache Karaf

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The OSGi Blueprint Container specification allows us to use dependency injection in our OSGi environment, declarative import and export of OSGi services, registering lifecycle listeners and wiring dependencies into our services with a few lines of XML code.
In the following tutorial we’re first building an OSGi bundle classical style and afterwards take a trip into the advantages of the Blueprint specification.

Our OSGi container of choice here will be Apache Karaf a lightweight container with a lot of nice features and – of course – blueprint enabled…

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Neo4j Graph Database Tutorial: How to build a Route Planner and other Examples

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Often in the life of developer’s life there is a scenario where using a relational database tends to get complicated or sometimes even slow – especially when there are fragments with multiple relationships or multiple connections present. This often leads to complex database queries or desperate software engineers trying to handle those problems with their ORM framework.

A possible solution might be to switch from a relational database to a graph database – and – neo4j is our tool of choice here. In the following tutorial we’re going to implement several examples to demonstrate the strengths of a graph database .. from a route planner to a social graph.

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Java EE 6 Development using the Maven Embedded GlassFish Plugin

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Today we’re going to take a look at the Maven Embedded GlassFish Plugin and how it allows us quick creation of GlassFish server instances in no time and Java EE 6 application deployment.

With a few lines of configuration in your Maven’s pom.xml we’ve got a running GlassFish instance and are able to  redeploy our application fast by pressing enter in our console.

In the following tutorial we’re going to build a Java EE 6 Web Application with a stateless session bean and a web servlet and finally deploy – and redeploy the application using the Maven GlassFish Plugin.

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Contract-First Web-Services using JAX-WS, JAX-B, Maven and Eclipse

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Using the contract-first approach to define a web service offers some advantages in contrast to the code-first approach.

In the following tutorial we’re going to take a look at some details of this approach and we’re going to implement a real SOAP service using JAX-WS, Maven and the Eclipse IDE.

Finally we’re going to run our service implementation on an embedded Jetty instance and we’re going to take a look at soapUI and how to test our service using this neat tool.

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Java EE 6, GlassFish and the Interceptor API

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Aspect oriented programming and the definition of cross-cutting-concerns is made easy in Java EE 6 using interceptors.

In the following tutorial we’re going to take a look at the different possibilities to apply interceptors to your EJBs at class or method level and how to setup a GlassFish instance to run the examples.

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Creating Portlets using Java Server Faces 2 and Liferay

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Portlets are a common technology to create plug&play components for modern web applications and are specified by the Java Community Process in several specification requests.

In the following tutorial we’re going to learn how to create custom portlets and how to deploy and embed them in Liferay, the popular open-source enterprise portal.

In addition we’re taking a look at inter-portlet-communication and how to create portlets using annotations.

Finally we’re building a portlet-state-aware Java-Server-Faces portlet using the  jsf-portlet-bridge mechanism.

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Message Driven Beans in Java EE 6

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Message Driven Bean Tagcloud Message Driven Beans are no new concept due to the fact that they exist since EJB 2.0 but in Java EE 6 and the EJB 3.0 specification it is even more fun to use them.

In this tutorial we’re going to take a look at the specification and create an example application that transfers some objects via the Java Message Service to a Message-Driven Bean deployed on a GlassFish application server.

If you’re not interested in theory please skip to chapter 6 and directly start creating an application – otherwise we’ll begin with a short introduction into the JMS terminology and the concept of a Message-Driven-Bean..

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