Memoization is a method-level caching technique for speeding-up consecutive invocations.
This post will demonstrate how you can achieve request-level repeatable reads for any data source, using Spring AOP only.
Spring offers a very useful caching abstracting, allowing you do decouple the application logic from the caching implementation details.
Spring Caching uses an application-level scope, so for a request-only memoization we need to take a DIY approach.
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I like to make use of the builder pattern whenever an object has both mandatory and optional properties. But building objects is usually the Spring framework responsibility, so let’s see how you can employ it using both Java and XML-based Spring configurations.
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The JDBC API has always been cumbersome and error-prone and I’ve never been too fond of using it. The first major improvement was brought by the Spring JDBC framework which simply revitalized the JDBC usage with its JdbcTemplate or the SqlFunction classes, to name a few. But Spring JDBC doesn’t address the shortcoming of using string function or input parameters names and this opened the door for type-safe SQL wrappers such as jOOQ.
JOOQ is the next major step towards a better JDBC API and ever since I started using it I knew there was no turning back. JOOQ became my number one choice for building dynamic queries and recently it became my standard SQL function wrapper.
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Spring framework is widely used as a dependency injection container, and that’s for good reasons. First of all, it facilitates integration testing and it gives us the power of customizing bean creation and initialization (e.g. @Autowired for List types).
But there is also a very useful feature, that might get overlooked and therefore let’s discuss about bean aliasing.
Bean aliasing allows us to override already configured beans and to substitute them with a different object definition. This is most useful when the bean definitions are inherited from an external resource, which is out of our control.
In the following example, I will show you how bean aliasing works. Let’s start with the following bean definition, coming from the src/main/resources/spring/applicationContext-tx.xml configuration file.
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Most applications have at least one batch processing task, executing a particular logic in the background. Writing a batch job is not complicated but there are some basic rules you need to be aware of, and I am going to enumerate the ones I found to be most important.
From an input type point of view, the processing items may come through polling a processing item repository or by being pushed them into the system through a queue. The following diagram shows the three main components of a typical batch processing system:
- the input component (loading items by polling or from an input queue)
- the processor: the main processing logic component
- the output component: the output channel or store where results will sent
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