Archive: October 2015

Chaining Options

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Tammo Sminia

When we have multiple Options and only want to do something when they're all set. In this example we have a property file with multiple configurations for one thing. A host and a port, we only want to use them if they're both set.

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Ratpacked: Groovy DSL Code Completion In IntelliJ IDEA

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Hubert Klein Ikkink

Ratpack applications can be written in Java and Groovy. The Java API is already very clean and on top is a Groovy DSL to work with Ratpack. When we use Groovy we can use the DSL, which allows for more clean code. The Ratpack developers have used the @DelegateTo annotation in the source code for the DSL definition. The annotation can be used to indicate which class or interface is used as delegate to execute the closure that is passed to the method. And this helps us a lot in the code editor of IntelliJ IDEA, because IDEA uses this information to give us code completion when we use the Groovy DSL in Ratpack. And that makes using the DSL very easy, because we rely on the IDE to give us the supported properties and methods and we make less mistakes.

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Gradle Goodness: Download Javadoc Files For Dependencies In IDE

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Hubert Klein Ikkink

Gradle has an idea and eclipse plugin that we can use to configure IntelliJ IDEA and Eclipse project files. When we apply these plugins to our project we get extra tasks to generate and change project files. Inside our Gradle build file we get new configuration blocks to specify properties or invoke methods that will change the configuration files. One of the nice things to add is to let the IDE download Javadoc files for dependencies in our Java/Groovy projects. By default the sources for a dependency are already downloaded and added to the project, but Javadoc files are not downloaded.

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Ratpacked: Use Asynchronous Logging

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Hubert Klein Ikkink

Ratpack is from the ground up build to be performant and asynchronous. Let's add a logging implementation that matches the asynchronous nature of Ratpack. Ratpack uses the SLF4J API for logging and if we write logging statement in our own code we should use the same API. For Groovy developers it is nothing more than adding the @Slf4j AST annotation to our classes. The Logback library has an asynchronous appender which has a queue to store incoming logging events. Then a worker on a different thread will invoke a classic blocking appender, like a file or console appender, to actually log the messages. But in our example we don't use the standard async appender from Logback, but use a asynchronous logbook appender from the Reactor project. Now our queue is backed by a very performant reactor ring buffer implementation.

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Grails Goodness: Get List Of Application Profiles

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Hubert Klein Ikkink

Grails 3 introduced the concept of application profiles to Grails. A profile contains the application structure, dependencies, commands and more to configure Grails for a specific type of application. The profiles are stored on the Grails Profile repository on Github. We can go there and see which profiles are available, but it is much easier to use the list-profiles command. With this command we get an overview of all the available profiles we can use to create a new application or plugin.

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Grails Goodness: Run Gradle Tasks In Grails Interactive Mode

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Hubert Klein Ikkink

To start Grails in interactive mode we simply type grails on the command line. This starts Grails and we get an environment to run Grails commands like compile and run-app. Since Grails 3 the underlying build system has changed from Gant to Gradle. We can invoke Gradle tasks in interactive mode with the gradle command. Just like we would use Gradle from the command line we can run the same tasks, but this time when Grails is in interactive mode. Grails will use the Gradle version that belongs to the current Grails version. We even get TAB completion for Gradle tasks.

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Grails Goodness: Update Application With Newer Grails Version

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Hubert Klein Ikkink

In this blog post we see how to update the Grails version of our application for a Grails 3 application. In previous Grails versions there was a special command to upgrade, but with Grails 3 it is much simpler. To update an application to a newer version in the Grails 3.0.x range we only have to change the value of the property grailsVersion in the file gradle.properties.

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