PlantUML Pleasantness: Layout Elements With Hidden Lines

In a previous post we learned how to use a together block to keep elements together. We can also layout elements in a different way: using hidden lines. We define our elements and by using the keyword [hidden] in our line definition the elements are layout as if there was a line, but we don’t see it. This gives us great flexibility on how we layout our elements.

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PlantUML Pleasantness: Use Gradients In Diagrams

We have a lot of ways to customize our PlantUML diagrams. We can change the colors and we can even set gradients as color. A gradient has two colors and a direction. The direction of the gradient is set by the separator between the two colors. We can use the following separators to set the gradient direction:

  • /: direction top left to bottom right
  • \: direction bottom left to top right
  • |: direction left to right
  • -: direction top to bottom

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Groovy Goodness: Make Sure Closeable Objects Are Closed Using withCloseable Method

If a class implements the Closeable interface Groovy adds the withCloseable method to the class. The withCloseable method has a closure as argument. The code in the closure is executed and then the implementation of the close method of the Closeable interface is invoked. The Closeable object is passed as argument to the closure, so we can refer to it inside the closure.

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Awesome Asciidoctor: Use Only Block As List Item

When we define a list in Asciidoctor we usually have a list item that is a paragraph. But if we want to have a block as list item we need to add an extra {blank} element to make sure the block is parsed correctly as list item. Because a list item starts with a . or a * at the beginning of a line and a block also is defined on the beginning of the line, we must add the extra {blank} element. Together with the list item continuation (+) we can have a list with blocks.

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PlantUML Pleasantness: Align Multi-line Label Text

PlantUML has some features that come from the underlying software to create diagrams. Graphviz is used by PlantUML and we can use Graphviz features in our PlantUML diagrams. For example we can align multi-line text of labels to be either center (default), left or right aligned using a Graphviz feature. When we want to text to be center aligned we simply use the new-line character \n. If we want to have our text left aligned we use \l instead of \n. And to right align the text we use \r.

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Awesome Asciidoctor: Prevent Transformation of URL to Hyperlink

Normally if we type an URL in Asciidoctor that starts with a scheme Asciidoctor knows about, the URL is turned into a hyperlink. The following schemes are recognized by Asciidoctor:

  • http
  • https
  • ftp
  • irc
  • mailto

If we want to keep our URL as text and not a link we must prepend our URL with a backslash (\). This way Asciidoctor will not transform the URL to a hyperlink in our output.

In the following example we have URL that is transformed to a link, followed by the same URL but with a backslash (\) before it, that is not transformed:

If we transform our document to HTML with Asciidoctor we get the following result:

Written with Asciidoctor

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Keep vulnerable libraries out!

Modern applications development is a mix of custom code and many pieces of open source. The developer is normally very knowledgeable about their custom code but less familiar with the potential risk of the libraries/components they use. A study from Black Duck which covers more than 200 applications shows that 95% of the projects use open source libraries (see open source security analysis). Important side note is we only use a fraction of all the libraries imported into a project.

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Run one or Exclude one test with Gradle

From time to time you only want to run one test, one test method, one class or one package from the command-line.

Or on the contrary: you want to exclude / ignore one specific test or group of tests during the build cycle.

Excluding tests from the build cycle by the command line usually occurs when the following scenarios meet:

  • A test requires significant amount of resources (time, memory, disk space, etc.)
  • The run needs to be independent from the IDE (to reenact the Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery pipeline) as some IDEs load test-dependencies on the compile-time class-path.
  • You have no or limited ability to change the code-base

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Fronteers conf ’17

Conference report with takeaways from the Fronteers conference

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Fronteers conference, held at Pathé Tuschinski in Amsterdam. A single track conference covering various topics of frontend development. The JDriven delegation this year consists of Patrick Ooteman, Auke Speksnijder and Martijn van der Wijst. Topics are: VR, Animations, Developer tools, Caching, a11y, and WebAssembly. The talks didn’t just cover javascript, CSS and HTML. Also relating subjects like writing better language, tackling imposter syndrome and Japanese culture came by. There even was a separate talk focused on emojis :)
We’ll try to summarize the nicest takeaways from the past couple of days.
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