Winter 2019.

This is the coldest day that I have ever seen in my lifetime. The weather was at -27 and the windchill was at -35. I was so bummed with the fact that there is literally nothing you can do except for watch the time pass by. A picture to remember the year and time.

Missed items of this year.

There are several things that I wanted to accomplish this year:

  • Do a blog post regularly No success
  • Complete all the freecodecamp certificates
    • The changes came, and boatload new challenges that got added, unable to complete all the certifications.
    • Finished at least a couple of them.
      Hoping to finish the reminder this year as part of the #100daysofcode
  • Complete Venkat’s concurrency course. That was one heck of a head spinner, but glad was able to watch it and get a little bit of hang of it.
  • Complete the Bealdung’s Spring Rest Course. Done with 53% of it :-). I loved going over this.
    • Start writing technical articles for Baeldung. But I got good feedback from them and was asked to think about writing for them!!
  • Completed certification for a modern era’s PowerBuilder tool called onBase. An impressive suite of tools for doing a lot of business automation, but learning it gave me the feeling that I was back to good old PowerBuilder programming days.
  • Completed the Scrum certification. Yep effective this year am officially a scrum master for next two years until I keep up with CE.
  • Renewed PMI certification with some bootstrap courses.
  • I went to get trained in AWS and Azure. The love of DevOps has multiplied like crazy. Hopefully, I will be able to contribute time to this community.
  • Am yet to submit my iPhone app to the app store. Probably that would be the first thing I will be working this year.

Best podcast for the year

  • Believed If you have not heard this, you should start right away.

Best Binge watched show

Best product that I bought this year

Best app development product I used for the year

Design benchmarks

This is a long-form write-up. The comment that goes something like this.,

Which means that the people who speak louder online, with higher frequency and reach, are not necessarily the ones striving for Independence, Depth, Honesty, or Breadth through the content they create. They are not necessarily the ones equipped with the experience and knowledge required to share thoughts that will provoke change in our industry.

This is such a genuine opinion, beats the odds that, if you are an individual who is an industry trendsetter, then you do not have time to write about the content that you are working on. So anyone who has the power and time to write will have a perspective on how design should be.


Effective Java – Third edition​


Effective Java is always a good book to read and this latest edition is no different. Here is the Amazon link to get the book. Here are some code samples and presentation promoting the book. My quick code snippet from the book.

import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.Collections;
import java.util.List;

public class StringManipLambda {
public static void main(String args[]){
 List stringArras= Arrays.asList("First","Second","third","fourth","fifth");

This is a simple code block, where we take a list of Strings and sort it based on its length. The book goes in depth of how to read this lambda expression and understand how it works.


Quickest way of getting an custom error message in Spring Boot 2.x

There are different ways to get a custom error message page in spring boot. The following solution worked for my web project. Here is the overview of the structure.

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To start with, if there is 404 error, then we want a custom error page showing up instead of the spring boot’s default page.
The first thing we are going handle is to suppress the boot framework’s error page. For this, we will go to the application properties and add the following line


As we are done with that, now let us implement the ErrorController interface. The thing to keep in mind is, we have the LOG entry that says what happened to the code base as we reached here. Here is the sample code.


public class ITContractErrorController implements ErrorController     {
    public static final Logger LOG = LoggerFactory.getLogger(ITContractErrorController.class);
    ErrorAttributes errorAttributes;
    public String handleError() {
        LOG.error("Sever error occured");
        return "/error/error.html";
public String getErrorPath() {
    return "error";

One other way that we can add the custom error message is using the Spring 2.x’s ConfigurableServletWebServerFactory implementation. We add this to the main method of the web module. Here is the sample code for this entry.


public class SkminfycontractorWebmoduleApplication {
    public ConfigurableServletWebServerFactory         containerCustomizer(){
        TomcatServletWebServerFactory factory = new     TomcatServletWebServerFactory();
        factory.addErrorPages(new ErrorPage(HttpStatus.NOT_FOUND,     "/error/error.html"));
        return factory;
    public static void main(String[] args) {, args);

One thing to remember is, when we implement the override with ConfigurableServeletFactory then Override that is ErrorController is gone.

There is a lot of best practice information laid out in spring documentation and other places. But none worked for my setup. I will update this entry if I find a more interesting solution.

Spring 5 and JUNIT.

Let us try to put together some JUNITs with Spring 5 injection. One of the most challenging things of integrating JUnit and Spring was the role of the IDE. It is important to keep an eye on that.
So here is the code we are going to look.

        @ContextConfiguration(classes = StreamsConfig.class)})
    public class StreamsFilterSampleTest {
      Logger LOG = getLogger(StreamsFilterSampleTest.class);
      StreamsFilterSample streamFilterStream;
      StreamstoListSample streamstoListSample;

      public void testStreamGroupBy() throws Exception {
        LOG.debug("Debugging method start ==> testStreamGroupBy " + "with parameter []");
        LOG.debug("Debugging method end ==> testStreamGroupBy " + "with parameter []");

We see the definition starts with Spring configuration initialization. The annotation

    @ContextConfiguration(classes = StreamsConfig.class)})

RunWith, we are annotating it to be Spring JUnit. The code block is getting initialized with configuration class of StreamConfig. Now let us take a look at the StreamConfig definition

    public class StreamsConfig {
    public static final Logger LOG = LoggerFactory.getLogger(StreamsConfig.class);
    StreamsFilterSample streamFilterStream;
      public StreamsConfig() {
        LOG.debug("Constructing Config");

We are autowiring an implementation class, StreamFilterSample. This is just a utility class and code goes something like this.

    public void streamGroupBy() {
    //3 apple, 2 banana, others 1
    List<Item> items = Arrays.asList(
        new Item(null, 10, new BigDecimal("20.00")),
        new Item("apple", 10, new BigDecimal("21.00")),
        new Item("apple", 10, new BigDecimal("22.00")),
        new Item("banana", 20, new BigDecimal("19.99")),
        new Item("orang", 10, new BigDecimal("29.99")),
        new Item("watermelon", 10, new BigDecimal("29.99")),
        new Item("papaya", 20, new BigDecimal("9.99")),
        new Item("apple", 10, new BigDecimal("9.99")),
        new Item("banana", 10, new BigDecimal("19.99")),
        new Item("apple", 20, new BigDecimal("9.99"))
    //group by price
    Map<BigDecimal, List<Item>> groupByPriceMap =;
    Map<String, List<Item>> groupByNameMap = -> item.getName() != null).collect(Collectors.groupingBy
    private static class Item {
    private String name;
    private int qty;
    private BigDecimal price;
    public Item(String name, int qty, BigDecimal price) { = name;
      this.qty = qty;
      this.price = price;
    public Item(String name, BigDecimal price) { = name;this.price = price;}
    public int getQty() {return qty;}
    public void setQty(int qty) {this.qty = qty;}
    public BigDecimal getPrice() {return price;}
    public void setPrice(BigDecimal price) {this.price = price;}
    public String getName() {return name;}
    public void setName(String name) { = name;}

Now when we are running the JUnit, we have to make sure the @Test annotation is from the JUnit jar file. If you accidentally have the TestNG’s @Test annotation, it will not be able to understand the configuration that we have in the JUnit header. Finally, remember to make sure the IDE is not making anything goofy where it pulled a wrong Annotation class. Here is a useful Stackoverflow discussion on this.

Reads and links May 1st to May 15th 2018

Day one courseLike Shawn’s material. I did not buy it, as am already a power user of Dayone. If you thinking about journaling, I would think this would be wonderful
Concurrency and ParallelismSimple explanation about the most powerful concepts in programming.
Kids viewAnother great writeup from NPR for
Startup ideasThis was a good overview if ur in a startup. Not sure if I can translate this in a big shop where I’m used to.
GDPRAm sure am not alone in getting all GDPR privacy update emails. This link was a good overview.