Data Pipeline 2.2.8 Now Available

  • added TemplateWriter for writing text streams using FreeMarker templates
  • added new examples for writing XML and HTML files using TemplateWriter
  • BUGFIX: XmlWriter’s (XmlTemplate, File) constructor now calls setFieldNamesInFirstRow(false) by default
  • BUGFIX: The JxlProvider now converts intervals and user-defined types to string when generating Excel files
  • Intervals are no longer converted to strings when added to a field/record
  • BasicFieldTransformer can now convert numbers to intervals (seconds, months, days, minutes, etc.)
  • JdbcWriter now has public accessors for connection, tableName, batchMode, and jdbcTypes
  • individual fields can now be removed from a FieldList
  • FieldList can now accept collections of strings
  • updated Apache POI to v3.8

Data Pipeline 2.2.7 Now Available

  • added JdbcMultiWriter for multi-threaded writing to one or more database connections concurrently
  • added multi-threaded AsyncWriter to compliment AsyncReader
  • data writers now have an available() method to indicate the number of records that can probably be written without blocking
  • MultiWriter now supports configurable write strategies (ReplicateWriteStrategy, RoundRobinWriteStrategy, AvailableCapacityWriteStrategy, and user defined)
  • added support for CLOB fields (see JdbcValueReader.DEFAULT)
  • Field and Record’s toString() methods now limit displayed strings to the first 128 characters
  • RecordMeter is now public and returned by MeteredReader and MeteredWriter’s getMeter() method
  • BUGFIX: record count is no longer off by 1 in some cases

Data Pipeline 2.2.6 Now Available

  • performance improvements in CSV and fixed width handling
  • untyped expression evaluation is now based on the value’s type, instead of the field’s declared type
  • BUGFIX: now handles untyped expressions between primitive and object values
  • float expressions are now upgraded to doubles during evaluation
  • all non doubles and floats numbers are now upgraded to longs during evaluation
  • expressions can now reference Java beans, not just primitive values
  • method call expression now finds the most appropriate method based on the runtime argument types (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_dispatch)
  • improved handling for collections and arrays in DataException properties
  • Apache PoiProvider can now distinguish between date, time, and datetimes fields in Excel

Data Pipeline 2.2.5 Now Available

  • Added JavaBeanReader whice uses XPath expressions to identify field values and break records (see the Read from Java beans example)
  • AbstractReader’s setStartingRow and setLastRow no return this
  • Filter rule IsInstanceOfJavaType now returns false for null values
  • Added number-to-date methods to BasicFieldTransformer (numberToDate(), minutesToDate(), hoursToDate(), and daysToDate())
  • BasicFieldTransformer.Operation and BasicFieldTransformer.StringOperation are now public classes
  • BasicFieldTransformer.add(Operation … operation) is now public
  • ConditionalTransformer is now private (use TransformingReader.filter instead)
  • TransformingReader now contains an optional Filter, allowing any transformer to be conditionally applied
  • Removed TransformingReader.add(Filter filter, Transformer … transformer) method

How To Manage Your Application Properties using WebDAV

Managing the configuration of an application is a consistent pain-point for developers, administrators, and business analysts.

Often in production environments, configuration is isolated as files on the local disk, limiting easy access by all but administrators.  Another common approach is to store configuration in a database or LDAP.  While this have benefits of a local disk file, it lacks the ability to manage properties as naturally as a file.

The solution proposed uses a database and WebDAV to help resolve many negatives to do with application configuration in both a simple and lightweight way.
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Use dynamic proxies to create a simple, powerful event bus (Part 2)

In part 1 of the event bus series we discussed implementing a simple and powerful event bus using just three classes. If you haven’t read it yet, I strongly recommend you read it first.

Use dynamic proxies to create a simple, powerful event bus (Part 1)

In this blog we’ll build on part 1 by adding several important features to the event bus to make it production ready.  Continue reading