Running code at application/class startup

It’s not rare the scenario where you end up needing to run some code during the initialization of a given class or of an application. This article will present a few options in how to achieve this task.

Run code when the class is loaded

In this scenario, you want to run some code when a given class is loaded by the JRE, but you want that code to be executed only once, regardless of the number of instances of that class. For this, you can use a static initialization block.

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CDI Producer

CDI (Context and dependency injection) is a great specification introduced in the JEE6 that offers a lot of resources. One of them is the Producer methods, and we’ll be talking about it in this post.

CDI Producer can be used in some scenarios, such as:

  • Making Non-CDI beans eligible to be injected into other CDI beans. You may be using some library that doesn’t expose their beans via CDI but you want to inject them in your CDI beans by convenience.
  • You have a bean that requires a constructor with some argument.

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Build an application from scratch: JEE 7, Java 8 and Wildfly

I have recently published a course called “Build an application from scratch: JEE 7, Java 8 and Wildfly” on Udemy. This course is all about using a lot of recent and important Java technologies and best practices of software development in order to create a complete enterprise application. Some of the technologies and tools covered are:

  • Java EE 7: JPA 2.1, Bean Validation 1.1, JMS 2.0, EJB 3.2, CDI 1.1, JAX-RS 2.0, security.
  • Java 8: Lambda expressions, Date and Time API, streams and more.
  • Libraries such as Gson, JUnit, Mockito and Hamcrest.
  • Arquillian for integration tests.
  • Wildfly 8 (former JBoss) as Application Server.
  • PostgreSQL for production and HSQLDB/H2 for unit and integration tests.
  • Maven.
  • Eclipse IDE (this is a Maven project, so you can use other IDE).
  • Postman Chrome extension to test all our REST endpoints.

If you are interested and want to know more details, you can check the course by clicking here. In this page, you can find more details about the course, watch some free videos.

If you have any questions, just let me know.

Integrating Spock with Maven/Eclipse

Introduction

In this post we will see a brief introduction about the Spock test framework and how to integrate it with Maven and Eclipse.

Spock

Spock is a framework used to write tests using the Groovy language and its adoption has been increasing lately. Although Groovy is the language you must use to write your tests with Spcok, it can be used for both Groovy and Java applications and is compatible with most of the Java IDEs, including Eclipse.
The idea of writing the tests using Groovy can be seen as an obstacle for some Java developers that are not familiar with Groovy. However, the knowledge required in Groovy is quite basic and the Spock documentation itself is very helpful with this question. I myself, right now, know very little about Groovy and this hasn’t been an issue to write tests with Spock.

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Asynchronous processing with ExecutorServices – Part 2

Continuing with the subject presented in the first part of this article, let’s talk a little more about asynchronous processing with ExecutorServices. In this second part, let’s approach the following use case.
Our software will receive and process a batch of transactions. After processing this batch, the system must create a “summary” of the processing, pointing individually the number of processed transactions successfully and with error. This summary could be sent to some other system, for example, that could then analyze the success rate of this transactions batch or something like that.

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Asynchronous processing with ExecutorServices – Part 1

Introduction

With state-of-the-art machines with a lot of processors, it’s essential that you be able to build software that can get the most out of these resources. What’s the purpose of having a super computer with 16 processors if your software is executed sequentially in a single-thread? Messaging systems, like JMS and AMQP, can be really useful to distribute your processing. However, in some scenarios, these technologies may be overkill, once besides bringing some overhead related to adding a message broker to the architecture, we may just want to efficiently use all the processors of the machine, splitting a task that would be executed in a single-thread in a set of smaller tasks that can be executed in parallel by multiple threads. Prior to Java 5, we had to create/manage manually the Threads, which wasn’t a pleasant task. But with Java 5, things got easier with the new Executor Services.

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