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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 […]

Spring Data Native Queries and Projections in Kotlin

Spring Data Native Queries and Projections in Kotlin

This blog describes the solution to mapping native queries to objects. This is useful because sometimes you want to use a feature of the underlying database implementation (such as PostgreSQL) that is not part of the JPQL standard. By the end of this blog you should be able to confidently use native queries and use […]

Exposing asynchronous communication through a synchronous REST API with Spring 5

Exposing asynchronous communication through a synchronous REST API with Spring 5

On my current project, we opted not to use REST for the communication between our services. Instead we make use of AxonIQ’s AxonHub, which acts as a specialized message broker. Messages can be of three types: Command – You want to change something Event – You want to inform others of something that happened Query […]

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 […]

Spring-AMQP and payload validation: some notes from the trenches

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of our from-the-trenches blogs: that’s mostly because I’ve been very busy in those trenches developing systems for our customers. This week I completed a Spring Boot-based microservice which is responsible for interacting with some 3rd party SOAP service: its own clients communicate with it by sending request […]

City-wide crowd management in Amsterdam

City-wide crowd management in Amsterdam

As most residents and visitors of Amsterdam know, every year more people are visiting Amsterdam, city wide events like GayPride, Koningsdag and MuseumNacht are getting bigger and more frequent, putting more strain on the city’s infrastructure and all people living in the city center. That’s why this November 7th, Amsterdam Marketing organized the Museumn8 hackathon […]