Articles Tagged ‘container’

Annotation based Kubernetes and Openshift Manifests for Java Applications with ap4k

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Writing our manifest files for Kubernetes / Openshift often forces us to edit xml, json and yml files by hand.

A new library, ap4k allows to specify metadata for these manifest files directly in our Java code using annotations.

In the following short example I am going to demonstrate how to generate manifest files using Maven and ap4k.

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Using Throwaway Containers for Integration Testing with Java, JUnit 5 and Testcontainers

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

A lot of boilerplate code is written when developers need to test their applications with different connected systems like databases, stream platforms and other collaborators.

Docker allows to handle those dependencies but there is still some glue code required to bind the container’s lifecycle and the configuration to the concrete integration test.

Testcontainers is a testing library that offers lightweight throwaway instances of anything able to run in a Docker container, with bindings to configure the specific containers and also provides wrappers to manage our own custom containers.

In the following short tutorial I am going to demonstrate how to start Apache Kafka as well as a classical Postgresql database from a JUnit 5 integration test.

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Testing Java Applications for Resilience by Simulating Network Problems with Toxiproxy, JUnit and the Docker Maven Plugin

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

When implementing distributed systems, client-server architectures and simple applications with network related functionalities, everything is fine when we’re in the development or in the testing stage because the network is reliable and the communicating systems are not as stressed as they are in production.

But to sleep well we want to validate how resilient we have implemented our systems, how they behave when the network fails, the latency rises, the bandwidth is limited, connections time out and so on.

In the following tutorial I will demonstrate how to set up a testing environment to simulate different classical network problems with a tool named Toxiproxy and I will show how to integrate it with the well known Java testing stack with Maven and JUnit.

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