1. Writing Hamcrest Matchers

    JUnit 4 introduced a fancy DSL based on the Hamcrest framework for expressing assertions. JUnit ships with the most important matchers and you can always add Hamcrest to your classpath if you need more. Sometimes no existing matcher fits your needs and you have to roll your own. Since it's …

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  2. JBoss: Running Multiple Instances on One Host

    Occasionally, it's useful to run multiple JBoss instances on one machine. Like with any network server, this is difficult because only one application can bind to a port at any given time. You have to assign different sets of ports to each instance. JBoss consists of quite a few network …

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  3. Excluding Pages From Authentication

    Java's Servlet spec allows web applications to delegate authentication and authorization to the servlet container, a mechanism known as container-based security. A lot of people use it for in-house applications or web services because it's simple and containers like Tomcat already provide several authentication backends to choose from. There's one …

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  4. Enabling JMX Access on Tomcat

    I think every Java application in production should enable JMX access. Without JMX, there's little chance to debug JVM-level problems, especially those related to out of memory errors. Even if your application doesn't export its own MBeans for monitoring, you can still take advantage of those that come out of …

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  5. JUnit: Using External Resources

    Many integration test cases need access to external resources like files or databases. Dealing with external resources is always messy because you have to set up state and tear it down later. Since JUnit 4.7, there's a mechanism that makes things a bit more convenient.

    Previously when you had …

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