Maintainable Rich Web Applications with AngularJS – Part 2

In the last post we used a demo application to discuss the development of maintainable Rich Web Applications with AngularJS. We introduced the most important concepts: The Model View Controller pattern and its application, the extension of HTML using directives and the routing concept to define the navigation between views.

This post explains how to integrate AngularJS into a build process based on Maven and shows how to develop automated unit tests and end-to-end tests for AngularJS applications.

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Configuration of the EAP6 / JBoss AS7 with CLI scripts

The JBoss EAP6 and AS7 supports different approaches to mange server configurations. One approach is the command line interface (CLI). It is based on the De-Typed Management API and allows the execution of management operations. The CLI has support for CLI scripts with management and configuration operations that can be executed in a non-interactive mode.

In this post we want to introduce two ways of using CLI scripts to manage server configurations.

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Maven Sites – Reloaded

In recent times, Maven Sites came close to becoming extinct. Maven Plugins were still using them for the wonderful automatic documentation page (named goals), but regular projects were not using them anymore.

However, Maven Sites have some huge benefits such as keeping the documentation close to the code, and automatically providing reports, information and API docs (Javadoc). Being able to release the documentation at the same time as the code was also a great advantage.

So why was this feature not used? Several reasons:

  • The look and feel was terrible.
  • The apt syntax was terrible.
  • The customization was terrible.

Now, though, it’s possible to create much better Maven Sites using Twitter Bootstrap for the skinning and Markdown for the editing. Even better, if you use GitHub, your site can be automatically updated on your project’s GitHub page.

This blog post explains how to use all these new features.
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Brave new world – Migrating a Java EE Application from JBoss AS 6 to JBoss AS 7

We are migrating an existing Java EE Application from JBoss AS 6 to JBoss AS 7. This blog post introduces our experience we have gained during the migration of the application to the new JBoss AS 7.

Overview of the application

The application is a Java EE application based on EJB, JPA and it contains a web application built with JSF. Furthermore, the application contains a web service to interact with a third-party system and some MBean’s for administration and configuration.

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Jumping into continuous delivery with Jenkins and SSH

Let’s imagine the following situation. You’re working on an application for a customer. Despite a firm deadline and a roadmap given to your customer, he’d like to check the progress regularly, let’s say weekly or even daily, and actually give you feedback.

So to make everybody happy, you start releasing the application weekly. However, releasing is generally a hard-core process, even for the most automated processes, and requires human actions. As the release date approaches, stress increases. The tension reaches its climax one hour before the deadline when the release process fails, or worse, when the deployment fails. We’ve all been in situations like that, right?

This all-too-common nightmare can be largely avoided. This blog post presents a way to deal with the above situation using Jenkins, Nexus and SSH. The application is deployed continuously and without human intervention on a test environment, which can be checked and tested by the customer. Jenkins, a continuous integration server, is used as the orchestrator of the whole continuous delivery process.

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Provisioning Maven artifacts with Puppet

Our last blog post introduced how Puppet can be used to achieve Infrastructure-As-Code, and how to deploy Play applications following this practice. However, we didn’t address how the applications are actually copied to the host.

Apache Maven is a widely used build tool adopted by more and more companies to support their build process from compilation to deployment. Deploying, in the  Maven world,  means uploading the artifact to a Maven repository. Such Maven repositories are managed using Sonatype Nexus or JFrog Artifactory. However, this sort of deployment does not address the real provisioning of the application, i.e the deployment on the production servers.

This blog post presents a Puppet module to download Maven artifacts from a Nexus repository. This module closes the gap between the development team deploying their artifacts to a Maven repository, and the administration team responsible for installing and configuring the application.

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Testing maven plugins with the verifier approach

Maven is a great build tool that has already proven its benefits. But sometimes, you need an extension for a custom task or need. Luckily, Maven is extensible and allows you to write plugins.

Now, when implementing a Maven plugin, you generally want to test it as well. If possible, we want do do that automatically. Those tests then run on your continuous integration server and you’re notified when, unfortunately, you (or someone else) broke something. Automatic Maven Plugin tests can be done with different approaches. This post focuses on a strategy suitable for integration tests.
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Mavenizing Javascript Projects

Installing an automatic build process for your projects is very common today and best practice. In the java world Maven is a very popular build tool and has proven its matureness over the years. In this blog post we will show you the benefits of a Maven build and how we can utilize them for javascript projects. Finally we present two maven archetypes for creating ready to go fully mavenized javascript projects for your first steps.

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Reusing Android components with Rindirect.

Android applications can grow very quickly. As they are composed of components (Activities, Services and Content Providers), it should be easy to extend an existing application to create new applications by just reusing already developed components. Recently, the akquinet Mobile Team had to develop several versions of the same application with a different set of features. This might sound easy, but Android does not really support such kind of modular development. Indeed, we faced several issues coming from the Android development model.
This blog post explains the encountered issues and how we fixed them by using rindirect. This tool allows, inside an Android application, to integrate components defined in other Android applications. This reuse pattern is close to impossible to achieve without rindirect or implies major limitations. Rindirect is developed by akquinet and is now available as open-source. This tools is well suited for Maven-based development, and so, works pretty well alongside the maven-android plugin.
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Starting Android application development with Apache Maven

Despite of not being in widespread use in the Android world, Apache Maven is a great tool to develop Android applications. Maven has a lot of advantages relevant for Android application development:

  • It can be integrated on a continuous integration server, allowing continuous testing and nightly-build delivery
  • It provides a strict release process avoiding errors and inconsistencies. The resulting APK are ‘marketplace-ready’
  • It also provides a common way to build and package the applications
  • It supports modular-development allowing the integration of classes and resources from others projects

This post explores how to quickly start developing Android applications using Maven. It presents three archetypes allowing getting a running application in less than 2 minutes!
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