Installing Java on Ubuntu 12.x+

I’ve seen a couple of ways to do this on the internet but the easiest is through apt-get and ppa.

The catch with doing anything in Java on Ubuntu is always the same - Ubuntu doesn’t ship with Oracle’s Java installed. Instead, Ubuntu ships with Open JDK installed. Open JDK is an open source version of Java. Some may argue that you can develop with and probably run most things Java with Open JDK. That may be the case, but for me I find the Oracle Java to be more trustworthy for production environment so will be using the Oracle bits. This is simply a matter of opinion.

Apt-get needs to be configured to point to a ppa that will take care of the heavy lifting and then install like anything else via apt.

Configuring ssh for Jenkins for Git on Ubuntu

I ran into some problems configuring ssh for my jenkins box. It turns out that when installing jenkins on ubuntu via the package manager that jenkins is setup to run as its own user. So, Jenkins did not have access to my .ssh directory. Of course this made perfect sense once I stopped and thought about it.

Multi-Part File Upload with Node JS and Express

Several examples exist on the internet that detail how one can use Node.js to handle a multi-part form upload. Well, the scenario I ran into was that I needed to expose the upload functionality in my RESTful service, but then needed to pass that upload along to another service. So I had to construct the request object via code. Typical request objects are not so hard to construct in Node.js but the multi-part form upload was tripping me up. Here’s what I eventually came up with.

This example uses Express. Express is a minimal web application framework. You can find it here: Express exposes the collection of files via the req.files object. Note that express is going to use the name assigned by request creator - so, part of the contract may require the name be a specific value, otherwise there is no way to glean what the user may have named the file - at least not that I have found so far..

Are Static Methods an Anti-Pattern?

Is using the Static keyword on class members and methods an anti-pattern? I think so and hopefully this post will get you thinking about it. Primarily I see Static abused when programmers do not want to go through the work of instantiating a class. This is in circumstances in which instantiation is not strictly necessary. The problem with Static members is that they get in the way of approaches such as Inversion of Control and Test Driven development.