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Hexagonal Architecture: three principles and an implementation example

Documented in 2005 by Alistair Cockburn, Hexagonal Architecture is a software architecture that has many advantages and has seen renewed interest since 2015. The original intent of Hexagonal Architecture is: Allow an application to equally be driven by users, programs, automated test or batch scripts, and to be developed and tested in isolation from its eventual run-time devices and databases. To explore the benefits of piloting an application by automated tests, or developing and testing in isolation from the database, we recommend that you read…

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KotlinConf 2018 – Recap

On October 4th and 5th the 2nd Kotlin Conf took place. We were here to attend the conference, learning new Kotlin tricks, but above all, to feel the amazing Kotlin vibe. After a first edition in San Francisco, the Kotlin Conf set up this year in Amsterdam, in the beautiful Bars Van Beurlage venue (one of the conference room was even lit with stunning stained glasses). Here is a recap of the talks that impressed us the most, classified by the main themes we identified during…

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The Test Pyramid in Practice 5/5

In prior articles (1, 2, 3, 4), we’ve implemented isolated tests which offer us precise and reliable feedback - and are more or less fast depending on whether we’re running unit tests or component tests which need to load a Spring context. But these tests have their limits, precisely because they’re isolated. In this article we’ll deal with tests that are even higher in the pyramid: integration and end-to-end tests. This article originally appeared on our French Language Blog on 29/06/2018.

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The Test Pyramid in Practice 4/5

In the last article we described component tests: tests which are half unit and half integration test, that allow us to validate both integration within our application (via dependency injection) and also with peripheral components. All of which while remaining sufficiently isolated, to limit friction during execution. Because this isolation works perfectly, our API client tests suffer from a major flaw: if and when the supplier changes the service signature we learn about it much too late. This is what contract tests attempt to avoid,…

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The Test Pyramid In Practice 2/5

In the previous article, we discussed the theory of the Testing Pyramid -- a testing strategy to ensure our application’s quality at a reasonable cost. Notable, we discussed the notion of feedback, and the importance of having fast, accurate, and reliable feedback. Unit tests typically address these criteria for a modest investment. Through this article we’ll develop a concrete example to explore the use of automated unit tests and try to answer some of our readers’ recurring questions. This article originally appeared on our French…

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Authorisation for AWS S3 static website

Hi, Today I'm going to tell you a story about a feature we wanted to implement to secure a website by adding authorisation to it. TL;DR: Authorization: plan your authorization flow in advance, with all involved calls and pages Lambda@Edge: keep html content out of the lambda code keep lambda code as simple as possible it could be tricky to find your lambda logs in CloudWatch Check out the code at https://github.com/ilya-v-trofimov/s3-site-auth Intro It might seem to be a trivial task, but the website happened to…

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The Test Pyramid In Practice (1/5)

 If you read this blog or our publications, you know how much testing is tied to software quality and, if I may say so, to software success. I insist on this point because all too often our customers treat tests as the fifth wheel when it comes to development. You know the consequences: an astronomical number of design anomalies, pernicious bugs in production and, worse still, software which ossifies little by little. This article is the first in a series, and will mostly address theory.…

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