ActiveRecord Naming Conventions with Spring JDBC

One of the best choices we made at my current job was splitting the web development from the heavy message processing system, allowing the former to be written in Ruby on Rails and the latter to be written in Java. However, for ease of development, we allowed the two code bases share a single database. What then to do about database naming conventions? Those familiar with ActiveRecord will know that it is very particular about its database naming conventions so it was up to the Java code to play nicely. The first solution to present itself required hardcoding database names in each Java object but a more elegant solution seemed possible and, after the discovery of one small but important 3rd party project, it revealed itself. Continue reading ActiveRecord Naming Conventions with Spring JDBC

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Approximating Java Case Objects without Project Lombok

Over the past few months Dick Wall of the Java Posse has been talking up Project Lombok and for good reason. As he points out, its great for reducing boilerplate code in basic Java data objects. However, the more important point that Dick makes is that it prevents stupid errors, particularly when adding new object fields later on in the development cycle. The only unfortunate issue is that Project Lombok requires a compiler hack that can be rather confusing to those not using a supported IDE or for those coding outside of an IDE. However, Apache Commons provides an elegant solution to this issue. Continue reading Approximating Java Case Objects without Project Lombok