API World Conference 2018

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I’ve tweeted enough about this during the conference itself so you would have seen all of these images before, but if you want a “no subtitles” image-only version here it is — going through the images they actually do tell a story themselves to be fair! Many thanks to Hilton hotel San Jose for hosting […]

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Parallel RxJava and Spock Oddity

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I use RxJava a lot nowadays — back in the day before I joined Netflix I was struggling with it a bit and mostly watched from the sideline but nowadays I find myself pulling in that dependency in a lot of the Java code I’m writing. And I also use the Spock framework a lot […]

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Interesting Java Jersey + RxJava finding

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It so happens that in a few of the apps I work on here in Netflix we use Jersey libraries inside a Tomcat container. As such I use the JSR annotations a lot safe in the knowledge that Jersey will take care of all the plumbing work and deal with routing and serialization/deserialization so I […]

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Anti-pattern for testing RxJava code

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This is an obvious one but I find myself so often using it and every single time it means I have to spend extra time debugging my test / code until I realize that I’ve fallen for the same mistake again. I’m using RxJava here and using Groovy and Spock framework for testing — and […]

RxJava: Some Usage of Observable.zip

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Here’s ¬†classic problem when dealing with a web app: you get a HTTP request to your app with a set of parameters. You need to hit a datastore to retrieve some record based on those parameters. You also need to create a (log?) entry somewhere about receiving this call — whether it’s for monitoring purposes […]

Using Optional in Java to check for null

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I see the need for null in Java still, but since the Optional class was introduced I think some of the usages of null can be eliminated by employing some of the capabilities of the Optional class. I will explain in this post a nice way you can implement checking for null in Java by […]

Common mistake when dealing with Reader in Java

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I’ve encountered this one a few times and came across again recently and thought it relevant to deserve its own post, so here it is. If you have done any I/O in Java you likely came across the Reader class, unlike the InputStream class(es) which deal with bytes, the Reader makes the transition into reading […]

Dependency overload … or laziness?

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This is something that started bugging me back in the maven area — when I switched from the likes of Ant as a build tool, which was relying on the user being explicit about a lot of things and doing a lot of the grunt work for it, to the maven world. Now maven was […]