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Build Hawtio Locally

When I was searching for open source solutions for better JMX support, I found out Jolokia and Hawtio is a very powerful combination. So I planned to to use them in my project. One major goal to achieve is to manage Quartz jobs. Hawito already has a Quartz plugin to support that, but the plugin has a bug which prevents it from listing Quartz jobs with JobDataMap and a PR already exists. I cannot wait for this PR to be merged and new version is to be released. So I decided to create a local build with that PR.

Deploy Maven Site to Nexus

Maven has a handy site plugin which can generate a website about your Maven project. Once the website is generated, normally it needs to be published to somewhere. A simple web server using Apache httpd or Nginx will be enough. Use a SSH/SCP wagon to upload website files to the server. Or website can be published to AWS S3 using wagon provided by community. Nexus can also host Maven websites. So if you are already using Nexus as internal Maven server, then it’s a better choice to use Nexus to host the Maven site.

AngularJS - Handle Session Timeout in JavaScript

If you have a web page which updates itself using Ajax background refresh tasks, when the user’s session is timed-out, the response of the refreshing Ajax request will be a 302 redirect to log-in page. But the Ajax request may not be able to handle that and simply fails. The user may not see the updated results. In this case, web page should detect the session timeout and redirect the user to login page.

When using AngularJS’s $http service for Ajax request, it’s very simple to handle session timeout. All you need to do is to add a $http interceptor and handle the response. See CoffeeScript code below.

AngularJS and Rails 4

After you have created a Rails 4 project and want to use AngularJS for the front-end development, this post can provide some tips.

Use Bower

It’s a common practice to use Bower to manage front-end dependencies. Bower should also be used in Rails development. After Bower is installed, create .bowerrc in project root directory to specify directory to put dependencies.

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{
  "directory": "vendor/assets/components"
}

Then update config/application.rb file to include Bower components. Add following line to your application configuration.

Install AWS CLI on Ubuntu

To install AWS CLI on Ubuntu, you need to use Python 2.7. If you use Python 2.6, there is a conflict error with simplejson library.

You may need to uninstall Python 2.6 first using sudo apt-get remove python. Then install Python 2.7.

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fkrull/deadsnakes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python2.7

Then install pip using sudo apt-get install python pip, then install AWS CLI using sudo pip install awscli.

Common JPA/Hibernate Issues - javax.persistence.EntityExistsException and org.hibernate.LazyInitializationException

When using JPA/Hibernate, there are some common errors.

javax.persistence.EntityExistsException: A different object with the same identifier value was already associated with the session

This means when Hibernate is trying to save entities when committing the transaction, two new entities have been added but they are related to the same database table row. You should check the Cascading settings of your entities. You may declare CascadeType.PERSIST or CascadeType.ALL on one of your entities, but still trying to persist dependent entities explictly using save. This will cause two entities to be persisted: One from cascading and another one from explict persisting operation. You can remove the explict persisting operation and let Hibernate to manage dependent entities.

Deploy Static Website Using Capistrano

Capistrano is a good tool for deploying applications. It can deploy Ruby on Rails applications and other applications. This article is to show you how to use Capistrano to deploy a static website. The deployment process is very simple, just check out the code from Git and put into a directory hosted by Apache.

Prepare your local environment

On your local development environment, install Capistrano using gem install capistrano.

Prepare your remote environment

Remote environment is where the application is deployed to. Add user deploy to your remote environment. This user deploy is the user Capistrano runs.

Magento - Add Order Item Quantity

In Magento’s ‘Place order’ page, order item’s quantity is not shown by default. To show this value, file /app/design/frontend/default/myshop/template/checkout/onepage/review/item.phtml should be modified. You can get the file path by enabling Magento’s Template Path Hints.

From this file, $_item is the order item.

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<?php $_item = $this->getItem()?>