Wishful thinking about a Tumblr API v3

Let’s say you want to read a Tumblr post information from their API v2. Nothing special at the first look, but beyond the obvious parameters, there’s an interesting one: notes_info. The API designer thought to make this optional (it defaults to false) as to not overload the server and cause unneeded traffic with all the likes and reblogs your requested post might have – especially if popular.

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How about OpenAPI descriptions and Swagger UI in your Java REST API?

I have this Quarkus project which uses basic JAX-RS annotations to generate your API, fairly basic and trivially simple. Yes that’s all Quarkus needs and it looks pretty much like Spring MVC or anything else. Now I’d need to create Postman test data and buid tests for all these endpoints or… or integrate it with Swagger – both to add OpenAPI style documentation AND to have a nice web GUI client to read infos and test them.

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SoCraTes day in Zurich, 2015

Last Friday I attended the “Software Craftsmanship and Testing” conference. I said “last Friday” because it lasted only one day, unlike the typical 3 days format (including night stays)… but for me it was just enough, I cannot really afford the extended versions. This event brought together about 50 folks with all possible backgrounds – developers .net, Java, JS, but also devops people… really, everything. The “unconference” format meant at the beginning whoever wanted to propose topics did so by placing a note on the schedule table, and explained in a few words what his discussion topic is. Continue reading

Switching web programming paradigms with vert.x

When I first combined the Internet and programming it was the second half of the 90’s and all I knew was Java applets. Oh, there was also CGI but I somehow managed to skip over it. The approach was then quite natural: write small programs which will run in the browser and grab data from other programs – run in either other browsers or on the server. Or on other servers. I’m not saying the idea was easy and I only got that far before I moved on to other professional areas. Later when I came back to the web, things had settled differently: you had a servlet specification, a multitiered application to support them, big servers and everything was clear. Of course there was some bit of fight over technologies, gradual improvements here and there but the model was there already. Continue reading

Looking for a web end-to-end framework

…but web frameworks are today ten a penny, why would I be still looking for something? Could it be I didn’t look around enough? Am I too finicky? Or blind for not seeing it right in front of me? Whatever, fact is I’m still looking for the „perfect“ web framework. It doesn’t have to be REALLY new – but it certainly would be new to me.

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