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Yet Another Petstore !

Do you remember the good old Java Petstore ? It was a sample application created by Sun for its Java BluePrints program. The Java Petstore was designed to illustrate how J2EE (and then Java EE) could be used to develop an eCommerce web application. Yes, the point of the Petstore is to sell pets online. The Petstore had a huge […]

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WYTIWYR : What You Test Is What You Run

I'm fed up with unit testing !

It's 2012 and my first resolution of the year is to finally tell the truth about testing : unit testing is pretty much useless when your code runs inside a container. How do you unit test an EJB which relies on the container services (i.e transaction, injection, security...) ? Well, you mock the database access, you mock your security layer, you mock your dependencies, you mock your validation layer... to test what ? A bit of business logic. Yes. Unit test is interesting when you have complex business logic to test so you can have quick feedback. Otherwise, it's a waste of time which doesn't test your container services. So I'm not saying unit testing is completely useless, I'm saying that integration testing is also to be considered when you run your code inside a Java EE container.

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O Java EE 6 Application Servers, Where Art Thou?

Nearly two years ago (time flies), when Java EE 6 came out, I wrote a post about application servers where I did some micro benchmarking (basically, startup time). I had plenty of comments and recently I had many people asking for some updates. Witht Java EE 6 booming, with some cloud vendors moving to Java EE 6, it was time to update this microbenchmark and focus on Java EE 6 application servers. BTW, if you want to know what Java EE 6 is, you can check the slides of a presentationI gave a few times.

The benchmark

Same disclaimer as last time : This is not a real benchmark ! so I'll copy paste the paragraph I wrote last time :

In this test I’m just concerned about the usability of an application server for a developer. The idea is to download it, install it, start it and take some measurements : size of download, ease of installation, size of disk, startup time, size of RAM.

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Injection with CDI (Part III)

If you follow this blog you should know that latelly I've been writing (and talking) about CDI (Contexts and Dependency Injection). CDI has many aspects to it but until now I've focused on how to boostrap CDI in several environments, how to add CDI to an existing Java EE 6 application,  and more recently how to use injection with CDI. Actually this post is the third on CDI Injection : Part I focused on default injection and qualifiers, and Part II on all the possible injection points (field, constructor and setters). In this post I'll explain producers or "how you can inject anything anywhere in a type safe manner".

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Walking through the Java EE 6 implementation maze

I've been asked so many times "what are the implementations of such or such specification in Java EE 6 ?" or "what is the reference implementation of such a spec ?". Because I always forget some (and to be honest, sometimes I don't even know if a spec has several implementations of not), I'm writing this post to help me (and you) to remember.

So here is a non-exhaustive list of the several Java EE 6 implementations (please leave a comment to add anything to this list) ...

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[Debate] – And what about configuration in Java EE 7 ?

How do you configure your enterprise application ? Or to be more precise "what is configuration, what can you configure in Java EE and how can you configure it ?"

What is configuration ?

Sometimes your application needs to change parts of its behavior at deployment time. You then need to provide some external configuration for some components. For example, in your development environment you don't want to use a datasource and instead hit the database with a user & password, in your test environment you lookup for the datasource and use it. If you deploy your application in Europe you need to use the Euro as the current currency and if you deploy it in the US you need dollars...

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