Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta.

The Angular Mini-Book The Angular Mini-Book is a guide to getting started with Angular. You'll learn how to develop a bare-bones application, test it, and deploy it. Then you'll move on to adding Bootstrap, Angular Material, continuous integration, and authentication.

Spring Boot is a popular framework for building REST APIs. You'll learn how to integrate Angular with Spring Boot and use security best practices like HTTPS and a content security policy.

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The JHipster Mini-Book The JHipster Mini-Book is a guide to getting started with hip technologies today: Angular, Bootstrap, and Spring Boot. All of these frameworks are wrapped up in an easy-to-use project called JHipster.

This book shows you how to build an app with JHipster, and guides you through the plethora of tools, techniques and options you can use. Furthermore, it explains the UI and API building blocks so you understand the underpinnings of your great application.

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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Roller 2.0 Hidden Feature: Different Editor Themes

Roller 2.0 has a pretty cool feature that doesn't seem to be documented. You can apply different looks to the editor UI by passing in a "look" parameter to one of the editor URLs. Below are three that ship with Roller 2.0:

Looking in the theme directory, there appears to be two other options: lavender and blueslate. However, they appear to render the same look and aren't nearly as pretty as the other three.

I discovered this parameter by looking in theme/banner.jsp. Looking at this file, it appears you can change the default by defining a "editor.theme" property in

Posted in Roller at Nov 26 2005, 10:15:51 PM MST Add a Comment

Equinox 1.5 Beta 1 Released

This release is mainly to test out dependency downloading using Maven 2's Ant tasks. In addition, a few bugs have been fixed, but there's quite a few more on the roadmap. I plan to fix all of these before releasing 1.5 in a couple weeks.

Please test out this release if you have a chance. One of the nice things about using Maven 2's Ant Tasks, is you can download Maven 2 and generate your Eclipse or IDEA (possibly even Netbeans) project files using "mvn eclipse:eclipse" or "mvn idea:idea". You can also use Maven 2 to build and test things if you like. The only thing that doesn't currently work with Maven is the web tests with Cargo. I can try to get those working if there's enough demand. For now, you'll have to use Ant if you want to test the UI.

The download is much smaller now - barely over 1MB vs. ~20MB for 1.4. Most of the size comes from the Maven 2 Ant Tasks - which is a 869KB JAR. Of course, I could've made the distribution even smaller and required you to download the JAR and put it in $ANT_HOME/lib, but I decided to make things easier by including it.

For more information about installing the various options, see the README.txt file. Currently, you can use the following persistence frameworks:

  • Hibernate
  • iBatis
  • OJB
  • Spring JDBC

And a number of web frameworks too, as listed below with links to demos.

Update: I forget to mention that I owe a big thanks to Carlos Sanchez. He (and the other Maven developers) have been great in helping to resolve all the issues I found with transitive dependencies.

Posted in Java at Nov 26 2005, 04:51:48 PM MST 4 Comments

Upgraded to Roller 2.0, Tomcat 5.5.12 and using Acegi Security

After a failed upgrade yesterday, I was able to successfully upgrade to Roller 2.0 today. The Editor UI is definitely nicer, and you can get a taste of it if you like by logging into my test user account. The username is "test" and password is "roller". You can also check out my planet page.

In addition to upgrading Roller, I upgraded Tomcat from 5.0.28 to 5.5.12 and everything seems to be humming along smoothly. I'm also running the Acegi integration patch for Roller instead of container-managed authentication. Hopefully this will help us identify any issues. I really like the Acegi integration so far, especially b/c the Remember Me stuff is checked at the root-level and I never have to click "Login" anymore. Good stuff.

Let me know if you see any issues.

Posted in Java at Nov 26 2005, 04:22:39 PM MST Add a Comment