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Propagating the Spring SecurityContext to your Kotlin Coroutines

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Riccardo Lippolis

Spring Security provides a lot of convenience to develop secure web applications. However, it relies strongly on a SecurityContext stored in a thread-local (inside the SecurityContextHolder class). If not mitigated, this causes issues in multi-threaded contexts. When using Kotlin Coroutines, there is an additional abstraction layer where you don’t really know (and don’t want to know) on which thread(s) your code will be running. Luckily, there is a relatively easy solution!

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How tech culture can contribute to growth

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Erik Pronk

In my last blog How tech culture can contribute to quality I focused on how passion and motivation builds a tech culture. This helps people develop themselves in a positive way while organisations are more successful in delivering high quality solutions. So basically everyone wins. In this post I want to dive into how we can help educate the community in a way that they understand not only what to do with certain knowledge, but also why things work in a specific way.

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Configure Hikari Connection Pool when using AWS RDS IAM

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Tom de Vroomen

Amazon Web Services offers a way to connect to a MySQL or PostgreSQL database without having a password, instead an authentication token can be used.
Within AWS this type of authentication is called RDS IAM.
Users don’t need to store an username and password and credentials don’t need to be stored in the database, which makes this a secure authentication method.

So, this makes it interesting to use this in your Spring Boot application. Spring Boot will use a HikariCP connection pool by default, but HikariCP 4.0.3 doesn’t support the use of authentication tokens.

So, how do I make this work within my Spring Boot application?

  1. Enable RDS IAM for your database

  2. Create a custom Hikari DataSource

  3. Update application properties

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Create a Docker image running Robot Framework

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Justus Brugman

Robot Framework is easy enough to set up. When you have Python installed on your system, it can be as easy as running pip install robotframework && pip install robotframework-appiumlibrary. This is not how I want to do it. For this intro, I want to run the Robot Framework in a Docker image.

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Register your Avro Schemas in Production with Schema Registry Maven Plugin

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Tim te Beek

Apache Kafka is often used together with Confluent Schema Registry, as the schema registry allows you to store and retrieve your Avro, JSON Schema and Protobuf schemas for Kafka message (de)serialization. By storing a versioned history of schemas for topic values, with configurable enforced compatibility, you ensure producers and consumers can continue to exchange compact serialized messages even as schemas evolve.

By default, client applications automatically register new schemas. If they produce new messages to a new topic, then they will automatically try to register new schemas. This is very convenient in development environments, but in production environments we recommend that client applications do not automatically register new schemas. Best practice is to register schemas outside of the client application to control when schemas are registered with Schema Registry and how they evolve.
— On-Premises Schema Registry Tutorial
On Auto Schema Registration

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Java Joy: Run Action When Optional Value Present Or Not

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Hubert Klein Ikkink

If we have an Optional instance we can consume the value if it is present using the ifPresent method. Since Java 9 the method ifPresentOrElse has been added to the Optional class. The first argument is of type Consumer and is invoked when there is an optional value. The second argument is of type Runnable and is executed when the the optional is empty. The method in the Consumer and Runnable implementations does not return a type but returns void. Therefore we should use ifPresentOrElse when we need a conditional side effect for an Optional instance.

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Spicy Spring: Splitting Configuration and make Properties immutable

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Willem Cheizoo

A Spring Boot application typically consists of several components handling the business functionality and probably some configuration to configure all these components. This configuration consists of defining some properties, setting up some beans with the right conditions and dependencies and wrapping it all together into a class structure. Nevertheless, the configuration of our Spring Boot application is also code. Let’s threat is as code.

In this blog we will se how we can improve our Spring Boot Configuration by splitting up the configuration from the properties and how this effects the design principles.

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