Feb 27 2009

Quote of the Day: for Software Architects

Tag: architecture,highlevel,opinion,randompmularien @ 8:37 am

Conveying a significant point about software architecture in 300 words is a challenge, particularly if those 300 words need to come from a software architect. ;-)Barry Hawkins

Seen at TheServerSide. Read more architecture goodness at 97 Things. Which of these precepts do you like? Which have you heard before from architects or teammates?

Dec 04 2008

[Tutorial] Accessing the TinyURL “API” from Java

Tag: apache,httpclient,java,tinyurl,tutorial,web,webservicespmularien @ 10:13 pm

TinyURL is a service that has been around for a while, but recently regained popularity due to its widespread use on Twitter.

Recently, I poked around and wrote up a simple Java method to, given a URL (TinyURL supports only GET requests), generate a TinyURL from it in Java. This is really the only “API” supported by the TinyURL service, but it’s a handy one!

You’ll need Apache HttpClient 3.1 for this.

Without further ado, here’s the code:

import org.apache.commons.httpclient.HttpClient;
import org.apache.commons.httpclient.HttpException;
import org.apache.commons.httpclient.HttpMethod;
import org.apache.commons.httpclient.NameValuePair;
import org.apache.commons.httpclient.methods.GetMethod;
public abstract class TinyURLUtils {
	public static String getTinyUrl(String fullUrl) throws HttpException, IOException {
		HttpClient httpclient = new HttpClient();
		// Prepare a request object
		HttpMethod method = new GetMethod("http://tinyurl.com/api-create.php"); 
		method.setQueryString(new NameValuePair[]{new NameValuePair("url",fullUrl)});
		String tinyUrl = method.getResponseBodyAsString();
		return tinyUrl;

Then you’d call the method as follows:

String tinyUrl = TinyURLUtils.getTinyUrl("http://www.mularien.com/blog/");
System.out.println(tinyUrl); // --> http://tinyurl.com/5cporq

You’re welcome to use / improve this code in any way (obviously, I didn’t consider or care about proper exception handling), ideally linking to my blog as the source.


Note that this makes an HTTP request directly, so this will require some modification if you’re making the call from behind a proxy server. If there’s a need, I can post a follow-up entry on how to set up a proxy server with Apache HTTP Client.

Nov 19 2008

[Tutorial] Twittering from Java with Twitter4J

Tag: java,tutorial,twitterpmularien @ 7:18 am

Really, this is so easy it’s almost not worthy of a blog post. Twitter4J is a tiny library wrapping interaction with Twitter APIs.

Creating a new tweet is as simple as:

	    Twitter twitter = new Twitter("username","password");
	    Status status = twitter.update(title);

The Twitter4J page has a series of simple examples covering timelines and direct messages. Great job and thanks to Yusuke Yamamoto, the author.

Nov 19 2008

Corporate Blog Post: Building a Collaborative Enterprise: Twitter (Part 1)

Tag: corporate,enterprise,opinion,twitter,webpmularien @ 7:16 am

Cross-posting in case readers here are interested.

Building a Collaborative Enterprise: Twitter (Part 1)

Nov 11 2008

Rerouting Spring Security 2 Login Page Through a Spring Controller

Tag: acegi,java,jsp,springpmularien @ 12:13 am

Interestingly, a month or so after I posted my 5 Minute Guide to Spring Security 2, a commonly asked question was asked on the Spring forums. I figured I’d address it here, because (once again in Spring/Acegi Security integration) the answer wasn’t really obvious.

Essentially, the question goes something like this:

The examples I can find using Spring Security show this “login.jsp” page. How can I pull Spring content into this page?

Typically, you might want to display data on the login page that’s provided by Spring service-layer beans, or tie into the i18n bundles you’ve configured, or tens of other possibilities.

Fortunately, this is possible with a few tweaks to your Spring configuration. In this post, I’ll assume you’ve started with the configuration I wrote up in the initial 5 Minute Guide to Spring Security.

First, as with any Spring action, you will need a controller to handle the Login page display (the form POST is handled by the Spring Security interceptor). A simple annotated controller might look like this:

 * Simple mapping for login page.
 * @author Mularien
public class LoginController {
	private static Logger logger = Logger.getLogger(LoginController.class);
	// stuff required to display header, footer, etc.
	public void login() {
	public ModelAndView accessDenied() {
		return new ModelAndView("redirect:/index.do");

Now, you can see where we’re going with this. We’ll need a corresponding “login.jsp” page in our views directory, so that the “login.do” mapping works. You’ll need to tweak your Spring Security configuration:

    <http auto-config="true" access-denied-page="/accessDenied.do">
        <intercept-url pattern="/login.do*" filters="none"/>  
        <intercept-url pattern="/app/*.do" access="ROLE_USER,ROLE_ADMIN"  />
        <intercept-url pattern="/admin/**/*.do" access="ROLE_ADMIN"  />
    	<form-login login-page="/login.do" authentication-failure-url="/login.do?login_error=1"
    	<logout logout-success-url="/login.do"/>

Note the references to “login.do” and “accessDenied.do” here – these are the mappings we set up in our login controller. Pay attention to the access rules we’ve assigned – the URL intercept for “/login.do*” has no authorization checks applied to it, this is important otherwise users won’t be able to access the login page!

Hope this helps someone! As always, your comments are appreciated.

Sep 19 2008

How Open Source is Spring?: An Analytical Investigation

Tag: java,opensource,opinion,random,springpmularien @ 8:29 am

This post is to expand on some of the thoughts I posted on the SpringSource Blog in response to Rod Johnson’s excellent description of the SpringSource business model and its commitment to development of open source software.

Now that SpringSource has shown an ability to crank out new product releases on a seemingly weekly basis, I wanted to reflect on where Spring is positioned in the Java open source community, and how open the Spring Core project is to work done by the public.

The hypothesis of my experiment occurred to me when I happened to be reviewing Spring JIRA assignments one day. I was curious whether, following the bug assignments, the majority of development on the “Spring Core” projects (including Spring MVC and what we would consider “classic Spring”) is performed solely by SpringSource employees.

I decided to go about verifying this and would like to present my findings. Note that this is a purely objective study of a particular widely used open source project, and shouldn’t be construed as an opinion on the findings.

Edit Sept 22, 2008 Please note that although the publishing of this post by freakish timing occurred less than 24 hours after the announcement by SpringSource, I want to be clear that this article was drafted and published before I was aware of this news. As such, please don’t misread this investigation as a “response” to the announcement.

Since SpringSource is obviously a private company, I determined the list of employees by consulting publicly available information sources. Anyone is welcome to refute the claims in this article.

I have no direct working relationship with anyone at SpringSource; however, to verify the facts cited in my study, I did email an advance copy of the article to Juergen Hoeller, Spring Project Lead. Juergen kindly took the time to review it and clarify a couple facts that I wasn’t able to discern through public information. Juergen has always been friendly and considerate in the dealings we’ve had through Spring JIRA or the Spring forums, and I appreciate the help!

Read on for the analysis…
Continue reading “How Open Source is Spring?: An Analytical Investigation”

Sep 08 2008

Corporate Blog Post: “Why and How to Bring Legacy Applications to the Web”

Tag: development,opinion,webpmularien @ 7:52 am

Cross-posting here in case any of my regular readers are interested. I made my first post to the Edgewater Corporate Blog on the subject of moving legacy applications to the web. It’s not really technical, but gives more of a high level view of some of the (many) considerations I (and others) have run into. I’d love to hear what you think of it!

“Why and How to Bring Legacy Applications to the Web”

Aug 29 2008

When will the SpringSource blog spam end?

Tag: java,opensource,spring,wordpresspmularien @ 4:58 am

Since I spend a lot of time working with Spring, one of the many blogs in my daily read list is the SpringSource Team Blog, both articles and comments. I have gotten really tired, however, of the constant SEO spammers hitting the SpringSource blog.

It’s unfortunate that with SpringSource’s multi-million dollar funding rounds ($15M raised this summer, and $10M previously raised), they can’t find the resources to upgrade their very dated WordPress install with one that is more spam resistant, nor has anyone from the company even responded publicly to the many calls for fixing this issue.

Aug 18 2008

FYI: Eclipse 3.4 (“Ganymede”) + Hibernate IDE = NoClassDefFoundError

Tag: eclipse,hibernate,javapmularien @ 12:36 am

A heads up in case anyone is thinking about using these together. Currently (Aug 18, 2008), the release version of Hibernate IDE (aka the Hibernate Eclipse plugin) does not work with Eclipse 3.4 (“Ganymede”) without one of 2 things:

  • Unjarring, copying, and rejarring a file from Eclipse 3.3
  • Using the Hibernate IDE Nightly Update Site

Discussion for this is covered in the Hibernate Forums and in HBX-1068 in Hibernate JIRA.

Since it’s already fixed in the nightlies, your best bet is to hit the nightly build site for the tools. If you’re afraid of the nightlies and/or the harder install process and want to pull the missing class (“org/eclipse/ui/internal/util/SWTResourceUtil”) from Eclipse 3.3, do this:

  • Copy the “org.eclipse.ui.workbench” jar from your Eclipse 3.3 install/plugins directory to a temp directory (say, c:\temp). Mine was called “org.eclipse.ui.workbench_3.3.1.M20070921-1200.jar”
  • Extract the missing class file: jar xvf org.eclipse.ui.workbench_3.3.1.M20070921-1200.jar org/eclipse/ui/internal/util/SWTResourceUtil.class
  • Copy the “org.eclipse.ui.workbench” jar from your Eclipse 3.4 install/plugins directory to the same directory. Mine was called “org.eclipse.ui.workbench_3.4.0.I20080606-1300.jar”
  • Update the JAR file: jar uvf org.eclipse.ui.workbench_3.4.0.I20080606-1300.jar org/eclipse/ui/internal/util/SWTResourceUtil.class
  • Copy the Eclipse 3.4 JAR file back to your Eclipse 3.4 install/plugins directory (overwriting the original).

That should do it! Note that this information is only correct until the next version of the Hibernate IDE tools are make into a formal release. The last release date listed on the site was April 9, 2008, so I would guess a new release would occur soon.

Aug 06 2008

Stupid IE 6 Bug #182478: Check boxes added through Javascript aren’t checked

Tag: dom,html,ie,javascript,prototype,webpmularien @ 9:44 pm

Straightforward explanation and solution of the IE checkbox bug here.

Just ran into this goofy issue recently. So, if you set the ‘checked’ attribute on a checkbox before it’s part of the DOM, in IE 6, the checkbox will not actually be checked. Brilliant!


  • Set the checked attribute after adding the node to the DOM
  • Set the defaultChecked attribute to true prior to adding the node to the DOM

An example of this with Prototype (using solution #2, above) is:

        anElem.appendChild(new Element("input", 

Don’t forget to keep the ‘checked’ attribute in there so it works with other (good) browsers!

(For the overly literal among you, that isn’t really a bug number, it’s sarcasm.)

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