Sending HTML email with Spring Boot and Thymeleaf

Sending an email from the backend application part is a quite common use case in the world of enterprise applications. Although HTML content isn’t standardized message format, numerous mail clients support at least a subset of the markup language. In this post you will learn how to send an HTML email using Spring Boot standard modules and prepare an HTML content for a message using Thymeleaf template engine.

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Custom validator in Spring – example annotation

Although built-in validation support in Spring is largely sufficient for standard use cases, sooner or later you will run into a situation when the sets of validation annotations provided by JSR 303 or Hibernate Validator aren’t enough. In this post you will learn how to create a simple constraint annotation served by a custom validator with access to the Spring context of a Spring Boot application.

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Faster Spring Boot startup

As software developers, we always look for opportunities to improve our efficiency at work and optimize repeatable activities. One of them is application startup. Even if you cover your production code with unit tests and follow TDD, from time to time checking how the whole application works is inevitable. The more often you run it, the more time is wasted on waiting until the application is ready to operate.

Although the fast restart provided by Spring Boot DevTools is helpful for library class loading, it doesn’t solve the issue with the long startup of your own application code. From this post you will learn how to decrease the total number of coffee breaks in daily work by configuring faster Spring Boot startup in your local development environment.

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Why developers don’t use TDD

Although the total number of acronyms in the programing industry has probably already exceeded the number of stars observable on the moonless night sky, only a subset has gained popularity and recognition. TDD definitely belongs to this group. Judging by numerous conference lectures, books, podcasts, and blog posts, the fact that Test Driven Development is a widely known technique is rather undeniable. Yet, when you consider its adoption and actual usage the reality might look a bit different. In this article we will take a look at the different reasons for avoiding TDD that have been presented by candidates during several conducted technical interviews and try to disprove if they are real obstacles.

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Spring Cloud basic setup

Spring Cloud solves common problems of distributed systems. However, for someone who works only with widely known monolith applications jumping into the long list of patterns designed for distributed services might be quite overwhelming at the very beginning. This article will take you through the basics of Spring Cloud by taking a practical approach. After finishing, not only should you know how to start a project based on Spring Cloud, but also understand why all steps are required and what problems they solve.

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Project package organization

The package is a fundamental concept in Java and one of the first things you stumble upon when starting programming in the language. As a beginner you probably don’t pay much attention to the structure of packages, but as you become a more experienced and mature software developer, you start to think what can be done to improve their clarity.

There are a few major options to consider and picking the right one might not be an obvious choice. This article should give you an overview of commonly selected strategies for structuring Java packages.

So let’s get down to it.

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7 reasons why you should start using JUnit 5 today

“He who moves not forward, goes backward.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The latest version of JUnit is just around the corner. According to the official roadmap the final release is planned for Q3 2017. At the moment of writing, 4 milestones have been published and a few more are planned before release candidates, but it doesn’t mean you have to wait several months to make use of Junit 5. The goal of this post is to encourage you in seven points to start playing with the new version the framework right away.

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Accessing prototype bean in singleton

It’s not sheer coincidence or a random choice that the default scope in Spring is the singleton. The vast majority of business logic in our applications is placed in stateless objects, which thanks to the lack of state can be safely reused across the whole code base. However, sometimes some data needs to be stored between sequential calls to object’s methods. In that case we need to have more control over the life cycle of such object.

Spring provides us with several scopes which live shorter than singletons and perfectly fit for short term data storage. The problem appears when you try to inject such scoped bean into a singleton. This post describes the possible options to access shorter living object inside these that reside in the container for longer periods. Although all examples will focus on a prototype inside a singleton, presented information applies to other scopes as well.

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Multiple TTL caches in Spring Boot

Spring Framework provides a comprehensive abstraction for common caching scenarios without coupling to any of supported cache implementations. However, declaration of expiration time for a particular storage is not a part of this abstraction. If we want to set Time To Live of a cache, the configuration of the chosen cache provider must be tuned. From this post you will learn how to prepare setup for several Caffeine caches with different TTL configurations.

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