The Red Hat twitter account just asked this question: "Communities grow by uplifting
others. What is one piece of advice you’d offer to a new developer? Reply below and then check out some advice from #RedHatter
@somalley108." Here’s my input.
As a general rule, if you’re writing software, you’re probably pretty intelligent. That intelligence, while important, of course, can
also become a hindrance. For example, I’ve been told by coworkers, "You may write buggy code, but I don’t" and "We don’t need techincal oversight". I
think both of those statements are patently false, and they — and others like them — always take me back to that advice from my first
manager, Chris Anderson, gave me way back in 1997:
Check your ego at the door.
It’s really easy to walk in to a coding review, a design session, or one of a myriad of other meetings with your ideas and think they’re the
best. It’s also really easy to overlook the fact that other people in that room are also pretty intelligent — maybe even more so (it happens),
and that we all have blindspots and weaknesses. In my experience, and I’ve certainly been on both sides more than I care to admit, many conflicts
in software development are ego-driven. There’s a difference between being passionate about something and being an arrogant jerk. The latter
type does nobody any good, so check your ego. Go in humbly, and see what there is to learn from your coworkers, even if you’re more senior than
they. With that mindset, everyone will come out a winner.
The project I’m working on is using Mockk in the unit tests. It’s a great library that has made
true unit testing so much easier. I ran into a problem, though, where I needed a method I was mocking to return the
value it was receiving. To be more specific, we were passing an object to a Spring repository method that had been
built inside the method to test, and, to test thoroughly, I needed to get to that object. Turns out, that’s pretty
easy to do with Mockk. Let’s take a look…
A user in #kotlin on Freenode asked how to run a Kotlin script. While the
Kotlin docs are pretty clear
on how to do that, I thought I’d make a quick post to show how to make an easily executable Kotlin script.
With my recent job change, I’ve gotten a chance to use Spring Boot
in anger a bit. It’s been fun, and I’ve learned a fair bit about the current state of Spring (I still love you,
Jakarta EE!). One of my tasks involved adding a query method to a repository, and I wanted to
make sure the query worked before I pushed it upstream. To do that confidently, of course, required a unit test.
In this post, I’ll show how remarkably simple it is to test Spring Repositories using Flyway to set up schemas and
I recently found myself writing a test that needed a database. Unfortunately, our testing database,
H2, doesn’t support all of the features of our production database,
PostgreSQL. This meant that the
Flyway migrates used to manage the production database broke in the testing environment. The fix for
this turned out to be pretty simple.
Development environments can get fairly complex, and making sure you’re using the right version of some library or another
can be annoying on the best of days. I have a situation like that where my "day job" requires (still, and hopefully not
for much longer) JDK 8, but my side projects, learning efforts, etc. can use a more modern version.
Years ago, Charles Nutter shared a
shell script he uses to switch JDKs.
I’ve been happily using it, but I’ve made some minor tweaks, so I thought I’d share
my version here in case it helps someone (and make it easier for me to find in the future ;).
UPDATE: It seems the original author is Nick Sieger. Thanks
to you as well, Nick, for a great little utility!
Recently, in the #kotlin channel on Freenode, a user asked a question about what was happening to his
Java code when using IDEA’s convert-to-Kotlin functionality. He left before anyone had the time to answer, and while he
likely doesn’t read my blog, I’m going to answer his question here anyway. :)
The Micronaut guides are really pretty good. So far, I’ve found just about
everything I need. The biggest obstacle so far has been that, at times, the content was scattered across several guides
and usually in the wrong language: I’m interested in Kotlin, but the guides seem to be mostly in Java or Groovy. This
isn’t surprising, as budgets are limited, of course. What I would like to do here, then, is provide a small sample app,
written in Kotlin, that demonstrates how to set up the project, configure and use JPA, and secure the app with JWT.
Recently, I’ve been experimenting with Micronaut, a new-ish "modern, JVM-based, full-stack framework
for building modular, easily testable microservice and serverless applications" from the makers of Grail. So far, I’ve
been really impressed. The documentation has been excellent, and the framework is very easy to get started with. I have,
though, run in to some trouble writing tests, or, more accurately running tests. I spent far too much time trying to figure
it out until I finally broke down and asked, and it turns out that it’s IDEA’s fault.
While that’s a bit annoying, there is a workaround, which I’d like to document briefly here.
My name is Jason Lee. I am a software developer living in the middle of Oklahoma. I’ve been a professional developer since 1997,
on the WildFly/EAP team, where, among other things, I maintain integrations for some MicroProfile specs, OpenTelemetry, Micrometer,
Jakarta Faces, and Bean Validation. (Full resume here.
I am the president of the Oklahoma City JUG, and an occasional speaker at the JUG and a variety of technical conferences.
On the personal side, I’m active in my church, and enjoy bass guitar, running, fishing, and a variety of martial arts. I’m also
married to a beautiful woman, and have two boys, who, thankfully, look like their mother.