How we ended up using BDD

  • Author: [Andreas Weigel]
  • 2017-07-31

It was not our primary goal to use Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) in the project at a customer, but while finding and optimizing our agile software development process we recognized that we established the building blocks of BDD. It works quite well and offers a lot of space and flexibility for our future plans, switching our architecture to microservices. The project setup But let us start at the beginning of the project.

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The struggle with Hazelcast queue persistence

  • Author: [Arnold Franke]
  • 2017-06-09

In this blog I will outline why we used Hazelcast for queueing messages in-memory distributed over a cluster and how we achieved higher resilience by persisting the queue’s content. I will explain the pitfalls and difficulties that we encountered and how I constantly switched between praising and condemning Hazelcast. The problem to solve I’m currently working in a project for a large customer data backend. The prod system consists of a load balanced cluster of five VMs each running two Tomcat instances hosting our application.

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Karlsruher Entwicklertage 2017 - Conference Day

  • Author: [Christian Kühn]
  • 2017-05-23

Am 22.5. habe ich zum ersten Mal die Karlsruher Entwicklertage besucht. Insgesamt war die Veranstaltung gut organisiert, man bekam schnell und unkompliziert seine Badge und die obligatorische Info-Tüte. Es gab eine große Auswahl an verschiedenen Talks, die auf 6 parallele Tracks aufgeteilt waren. Die einzelnen Tracks wurden unter anderem von einigen Usergroups wie z.B. der Java Usergroup, der .NET-Usergroup und dem lokalen OWASP-Chapter organisiert. Danke an die ehrenamtlichen Helfer für das Engageme

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Validating internal structure / dependencies using IntelliJ IDEA

  • Author: [Marc Kannegießer]
  • 2017-05-16

There are several different tools to maintain the internal structure of a java application available. The tools range from simple open source software like jdepend and degraph to full fledged architecture tooling like Structure101 or Sonargraph Architect. All these provide methods to define the internal structure of an application and validate it somehow.

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Visualising sensors and coffee machines with ESP8266, MQTT, InfluxDB and Grafana

  • Author: [Maya Posch]
  • 2017-03-23

A few months ago, here at the synyx office we started out with a simple idea: hook up a couple of sensors to an ESP8266 module (or twenty) and have it write its data somewhere for visualisation purposes. Then we got creative. Our current setup consists out of a number of ESP8266 (currently NodeMCU) boards, featuring humidity (DHT-22, BME280) as well as CO2 (MH-Z14) sensors which publish their data over MQTT.

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