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Spring Framework: Becoming the source of modern Java

A retrospect with Trifork’s CTO of Enterprise Application Development Joris Kuipers It may be surprising to realise that it’s been 16 years since the Spring Framework was first released. From its beginnings as an inversion of control container shared with a tight-knit community, Spring has evolved to a fully-fledged ecosystem of its own. No longer […]

Dockerising your legacy integration tests

As most of you will know, every now and then you can expect the question ‘Can you help fix something on this ancient project?’ According to the Universal Software Ageing table, that means anything from last month to much, much older. I got such a question recently, being in-between projects, and this project fell squarely into […]

Using Axon with PostgreSQL without TOAST

The client I work for at this time is leveraging Axon 3. The events are stored in a PostgreSQL database. PostgreSQL uses a thing called TOAST (The Oversized-Attribute Storage Technique) to store large values. From the PostgreSQL documentation: “PostgreSQL uses a fixed page size (commonly 8 kB), and does not allow tuples to span multiple […]

Writing less code

Have you had that feeling that you have to write too much code to build simple functionality? Some things just feel repetitive, they feel you should be not have to write them yourself, instead a framework should make your life easier. Recently I’ve been building a project in Java/Spring, and after some time I started wondering […]