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Monday, September 18, 2017

Auto-Restart Spring Boot Application On Code Change With Dev Tools

Spring Boot Dev Tools enables auto-restarting a Spring boot application whenever any class is changed in the class path. This is not comparable in speed with the hot swap functionality offered by Jrebel or Spring Loaded, but this is a very simple and easy way to implement and better than manual restart. In this post, I use a simple Spring boot rest echo service to demonstrate how spring boot dev tools can be used to auto restart the application when using Maven on an IDE or Gradle from command line. In either options, the main trigger for a restart is the change to a class file, which means that the change to a Java file has to be compiled either by the IDE in option 1 or by Gradle in option 2.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Passing System Properties and Arguments With Gradle

When using the Gradle application plugin, Gradle spawns a new JVM on the fly, and does not pass the System Properties or Command-line arguments to the new Java process. This post explains how to pass the System properties and command-line arguments when using Gradle application plugin.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Load Environment Specific Properties Files Using Spring

One of the more common aspects of enterprise application development involves environment specific properties files. Some examples include Database configurations or external JMS resources etc. The common way to address this problem is to use multiple properties file an build the Application EAR/WAR/JAR at compile time. Although this works, this solution also means that we maintain different build scripts for different environments, or having some file renames etc. while building the application. Spring profiles address this problem in a more efficient way. Like any other property, using Spring profiles, we can inject the environment profile into Spring and Spring will handle the loading of the appropriate configuration files. In this post, I show how to load environment specific properties files using Spring.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Merge and Paginate PDF files using iText 5

In this post we will see a way to merge multiple PDF files while adding page numbers at the bottom of each page in the format Page 1 of 10. The following steps give a brief description of the steps used to merge and add page number to the merged PDF.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Merge PDF files using iText 5

This is an example code for a simple PDF merge using iText 5. We use three InputStreams in a List as input and merged file is written to the file system.

Monday, September 04, 2017

WatchService to monitor Directories for changes

There a many scenarios where you would like to monitor a directory for new files, or changes to existing files or deleted files. Some of the use cases are
  • Files will be dropped into a directory by a third party which have to be processed by your application
  • A file editor which monitors the directory to make sure the files currently being edited are not modified by another concurrent user.
  • You want to start a build and deploy code whenever a source file is changed (In an enterprise application, this is usually done in a source control in conjunction with a tool like Jenkins).
Starting Java 7, the new java.nio.file.WatchService provides a scalable solution to monitor directory for any changes. In this post, we will go over the features of the WatchService service and a simple example for how to monitor a directory for changes and print the name of the file that was affected.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Directory Listing in Java

This post provides a examples of a few ways to list contents of a directory in Java. A couple of examples of how to recursively traverse a directory are also provided. Finally we will see the use of Files.walk() and Files.find() introduced in Java 8, which makes directory traversal even more simple.