• Fixing the long startup time of my Java application running on macOS Sierra

    At my current project, we’re developing an application based on Spring Boot. During my normal development cycle, I always start the application from within IntelliJ by means of a run configuration that deploys the application to a local Tomcat container.  Spring boot applications can run perfectly fine with an embedded container, but since we deploy the application within a Tomcat container in our acceptance and production environments, I always stick to the same deployment manner on my local machine.

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  • How I stay up to date as a software engineer

    I’ve been reading this recent thread on Hacker News with interest. Over the last couple of years (even before being a parent) I gave this a lot of thought and have been asked about how I stay up to date as a software engineer by co-workers quite often. As a software engineer it’s important to keep learning and with learning, I don’t just mean working with a new technology like Docker or React, but also learning about the concepts behind these technologies and what problems they are trying to solve.

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  • Looking back at 2015

    Well this post is long overdue again. February is quite on it’s way and it’s time to look back at 2015. It was an interesting year for sure and there are more interesting things to come.

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  • Testing session replication with Docker, Spring Session and Redis

    Docker. Who hasn’t heard about Docker by now? Docker might be the biggest change in how operations and developers run and develop software. As I’m all for improving my own flow of work, I too took the plunge into the Docker ecosystem.

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  • Migrating From Apache to Nginx and proxying cookie paths

    At work, I’m involved in a project which recently moved entirely to https. During the transition the project moved from Apache httpd as the proxy/web server to Nginx.

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