Wrapping C APIs in Python

When working in Python, there are times when you need more speed than it can deliver. These times to reach for C/C++. The interop between the languages is clean, minimal, and very fast. Here, I’ll give a quick example with a little commentary to assist with understanding the basics. First, the basic problem. Let’s sayContinue reading “Wrapping C APIs in Python”

EventBusBridges for Great Good

The SockJS protocol provides a fast and reliable mechanism for providing duplex communication via Websockets.  Vertx has a particularly nice implementation of this in the form of EventBusBridges, which make it easy to create secure communication pipelines between an HttpServer Verticle and a variety of polyglot SockJS clients via Websockets or fallback transports.  Surprisingly, a Java-basedContinue reading “EventBusBridges for Great Good”

How To Cleanly Integrate Java and Clojure In The Same Package

A hybrid Java/Clojure library designed to demonstrate how to setup Java interop using Maven This is a complete Maven-first Clojure/Java interop application. It details how to create a Maven application, enrich it with clojure code, call into clojure from Java, and hook up the entry points for both Java and Clojure within the same project.Continue reading “How To Cleanly Integrate Java and Clojure In The Same Package”

Pythonidæ Ad Microsoftius

A while back, I recorded a kind of soup-to-nuts walk-through of Data Analysis with Python in Visual Studio.  In this video, I’ll show you how to use Pandas, NumPy, and Matplotlib to quickly and easily generate, slice, dice, and visualize large sets of data.  Along the way, I show off some of the nice featuresContinue reading “Pythonidæ Ad Microsoftius”

The Mind Think and Practice of Designing Testable Routing

Integrating applications, data, and automated workflow presents a uniquely entrenched set of dependencies for software developers. The need for an endpoint to exist in order to integrate with it seems basic and undeniable. Additionally, the data that an endpoint produces or consumes needs be available for the integration to work. It turns out that theseContinue reading “The Mind Think and Practice of Designing Testable Routing”

Integrating JBoss Fuse ESB with Active Directory

As of the time of this writing, I could not find a documented recipe for using Active Directory as the authentication and authorization backend of JBoss Fuse ESB.  Here’s a link to the official documentation on Enabling LDAP Authentication. It describes how to integrate with Apache Directory Server, which has some key differences from MicrosoftContinue reading “Integrating JBoss Fuse ESB with Active Directory”

Defining Log4j MDC Fields Declaratively With Spring

In this post, I’m going to show you how to extend the fields Log4j captures via MDC (Mapped Diagnostic Contexts). Specifically, we will add an additional field called “ApplicationId” that will identify the application that a given log entry came from. This is useful when you have many applications logging to a single persistence mechanism.Continue reading “Defining Log4j MDC Fields Declaratively With Spring”

Surfing the ReferencePipeline in Java 8

Java 8 includes new a Stream Processing API. At its core is the ReferencePipeline class which gives us a DSL for working with Streams in a functional style. You can get an instance of a ReferencePipeline flowing with a single expression. The MapReduce DSL has the essential set of list processing operations such as querying,Continue reading “Surfing the ReferencePipeline in Java 8”

Grokking JBoss Fuse Logs with Logstash

JBoss Fuse or more generally Apache ServiceMix ship with a default log4j layout ConversionPattern. In this article I will show you how to parse your $FUSE_HOME/data/log/fuse.log file, collect its log entries into Elasticsearch, and understand whats going on in the Kibana UI. First a few pieces of context. If you are not familiar with theContinue reading “Grokking JBoss Fuse Logs with Logstash”

Accepting Invalid SSL Certificates in .NET WCF Clients

There are times when SSL certificates are used to verify identity and to provide TLS and there are cases when only the wire encryption matters.  In the later case, I sometimes need to be able handle server certificates that are not valid by SSL’s standard rules.  This could be because the cert is not signedContinue reading “Accepting Invalid SSL Certificates in .NET WCF Clients”