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Secure, Flexible and Scalable Build Configuration with Maven

on October 24, 2017

Many of the projects I’m involved in use Maven as build system due to its reliability, widespread use, and flexibility. However, I often find myself hurdling around bad choices with regard to the build process. In this article I’d like to illustrate some of the most useful techniques to implement flexible, adaptable, and secure builds with Maven. Download the example project from GitHub Key requirements of an enterprise build Enterprise projects have demanding requirements when it comes to configuration and build management.

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Deploy React Applications in a Servlet Environment

on September 19, 2017

Modern web applications using React and other frameworks are often distributed as static websites. It is undoubtely the simplest, cache-friendly and dead-cheap solution. However, some enterprisey projects (think about data-entry and legacy business applications) need to be deployed in a constrained environment like a Java JEE Servlet Engine (Tomcat, Jetty, Resin) or a full-fledged Application Server (Weblogic, JBoss / WildFly, Websphere). Forget having your app deployed on a separate “lightweight” web server like Apache or Nginx, let alone a dedicated 3rd-level domain or IP address like frontend.

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New Website - With Hugo!

on August 27, 2017

I have to admit: I really enjoy creating websites, but I’m awfully lazy when I have to work on my own! Over the years I’ve tried different languages and tools. In the early days I used to manually edit all the HTML pages by hand, which I regretted immediately. So I started writing my own shell scripts, Java programs, XML formats and whatever. My first open source project ever was devoted to this: Web site Generator.

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Keep A Markdown Journal To Get Your Projects Done

on January 1, 2017

Software development is hard. Organizations, small and large, can be very inefficient sometimes: people waste their energy on endless meetings, vague specification documents, pointless “reply-to-all” emails. Working as a freelancer in such environments is perhaps even worse, as you’re supposed to be the hyper-efficient 10x developer unicorn that can make any problem magically disappear. In this article we will see how, with a couple of simple tools, we can reduce noise, improve efficiency and guarantee better accountability.

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