Converting JSON to XML to Java Objects using XStream

XStream library can be an effective tool for converting JSON to Java to XML translations to and fro.
Lets explore each one of them one by one, and see which driver is used.

Handling JSONs

To convert JSON to Java objects all you have to do is initialize XStream object with an appropriate driver and you are ready to serialise your objects to (and from) JSON.
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Configuring chef Part-2

Lets recap what all we have done in the last blog :

1.) Setup workstation and chef-repo.
2.) Registered on chef to use hosted chef as the chef-server.
3.) Bootstrapped a node to be managed by the chef-server.
4.) Downloaded the “apache” cookbook in our chef-repo.
5.) Uploaded the “apache” cookbook to the chef-server.
6.) Added the recipe[apache] in the run-list of the node.
7.) Ran the chef-client on the client to apply the cookbook.

Now lets continue, and try to understand some more concepts around chef and see them in action.
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Configuring Chef part 1

Below are the first steps in getting started with using chef.
The three main components of chef are :
1.) Work station
This is the developer’s machine will be used to author cookbooks and recipes and upload them to the chef-server using the command line utility called knife.
2.) Chef-Server
This is the main server on which all the cookbooks, roles, policies are uploaded.
3.) Node
This is the instance which would be provisioned by applying the cookbooks uploaded on the chef-server.

So, lets get started:
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How to mock HTTP endpoints in Mule Functional Test?

Mule is an enterprise service bus (ESB) and integration framework. In Mule, we define flows and sub-flows in order to integrate applications and orchestrate services.These flows contain endpoints to integrate different applications or services. These endpoints can be HTTP, VM, JMS, etc. More details about development in mule can be found here. Below is a sample flow.
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In order to write unit test cases for mule flows, mule provides an abstract JUnit test case called org.mule.tck.junit4.FunctionalTestCase that runs Mule inside a test case and manages the lifecycle of the server.More details about can be found here.
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Vagrant – a swiss Army knife for every developer

Whenever we move to a new project, or we want to explore a new stack of technologies; we face the problem of environments. Being a developer we generally have a tendency to install everything on our local environment; which many times proves to be a disaster.

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Use ENUM and map to remove conditional logic in your code.

Using ENUM and a map could be a neat way to remove conditional logic, like switch cases in our code.
Another approach could be to use State design pattern, but if you don’t want to create many classes and your use case is pretty simple and using ENUM will not involve repetition of logic. Then using this approach might not be a bad option.

Let see an example :
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Implement single click deployment using Jenkins and DeployIt

Problem statement : Implement single click deployment using Jenkins and DeployIt
Tools used: Jenkins CI Server, DeplyIt Plugin for Jenkins, Github plugin for jenkins, Maven for building artifact.

Detailed use case :
Lets suppose we have our code in github in a public repository and we want that every fix which goes to “deployment” branch should get propagated to a dev environment automatically.

In order to get this set up working we would need to do:
1.) Configure Jenkins with gitHub and deployIt Plugin.
2.) Configure application placeholder and environment (including infrastructure) in which deployment would take place in DeployIt.
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