Monday, August 20, 2007

Portlets and AJAX: ZK, GWT, DOJO

I've tried to leverage ZK in a portal environment. Yes, it's possible, but there can be only one ZK portlet within portal's page becouse ZK uses global javascript variables. So it's sux. Anyway, don't try to use DhtmlPortlet otherwise you will end up with exception from tomcat telling about SRV spec violations. Instead, just include zk page from your custom portlet class.

The same is about GWT. It's pain to build a GWT project with maven. GWT plugin for maven looks immature and abandoned. The idea behind GWT is very hackish.

DOJO is a lowlevel set of javascript functions. That makes possible to implement custom widgets suitable for portal environment. Besides, there is DIJIT widgets collection built on top of DOJO. Injection of dijit css styles to portat theme is required to start using DIJIT widgets. Lack of real documentation for DOJO/DIJIT is the only thing really disappointing.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

SpringMeasure 1.0

I don't understand how I've ever been without Spring framework. It is so tasty. I will use it whenever I can. Do you think a step from EJB 2.1 to EJB 3.0 is a revolution? Then step from EJB 3.0 to Spring 2.0 is a revolution no less: flexible IoC, nasty testing out of box, standalone or web or whatever execution, annotations, if you prefer your app knows nothing about spring (no direct dependencies on spring classes) and so on. But that is not an issue of this post. As an example of spring ideas I am going to show you how spring can be easily extended for your needs. In my case I wanted to use measured values right in a bean property definition. I.e. instead of using a value 120013 calculated behind the scene (60*2*1000 + 13) I wanted a human suitable representation like a "2min 13ms". And to achive it I've created a small project.

Download the archive.
Uncompress it.
Do mvn install from command line inside the archive's folder.

Now you can use springmeasure as the dependency in your own project (artifactId: springmeasure, groupId: ru.toril.springmeasure, verision: 1.0).

In your application context xml add the following line:
<bean class="ru.toril.springmeasure.MeasureConfigurer" />

From now you can write following (as an example):

<bean class="some class you want"
p:value2="{4GiB 200MiB}MiB"
p:value3="{400ms}s." />

The property value1 is configured with PropertyPlaceholderConfigurer in addition to MeasureConfigurer, whereas test.length property is set to "8km".

As you already noticed springmeasure is written to support symbols of Si. A format of value is as following:

{sequence of space-separated values with symbol suffix joined to value}outputSymbol

An output symbol may be followed by the dot marking that an output value is not to be rounded.
You may find out more about format looking at the following test lines:

// IT symbols (bits, bytes)
assertEquals ("2048", convert ("{2KiB}B"));
assertEquals ("16384", convert ("{2KiB}b"));
assertEquals ("11", convert ("{1B 3b}b"));
assertEquals ("10000000", convert ("{ 10MB }B"));
assertEquals ("500", convert ("{ 0.5kB }B"));
assertEquals ("2", convert (" { 2048B 100B 3b }KiB "));
assertEquals ("2.098", convert (" { 2048B 100B 3b }KiB. ").substring (0, 5));

// Time (minutes, seconds, hours, days)
assertEquals ("600", convert ("{10min}s"));
assertEquals ("615", convert ("{10min 15s}s"));
assertEquals ("615000", convert ("{10min 15s}ms"));
assertEquals ("615001000000003", convert ("{10min 15s 1ms 3ps}ps"));
assertEquals ("70", convert ("{1h 10min}min"));

// Length (meters)
assertEquals ("0.5", convert ("{5mm}cm."));
assertEquals ("2", convert ("{2000mm}m"));

// Any other Si value
assertEquals ("0.5", convert ("{5m*}c*."));
assertEquals ("2", convert ("{2000m*}*"));

Here is a real life usage examples:

<bean id="monitorTask" class="org.springframework.scheduling.timer.ScheduledTimerTask"
p:period="{30s}ms" ... />

<bean id="monitor"
p:maxSleepTime="{1min}ms" ... />

Saturday, August 4, 2007


JBoss 4.2.1 uses 120M of memory running on Java 5, while only 91M on Java 6. Only what I can guess is that Java 6 leverages some new memory page allocation strategy or may be I just wrong and there is something completely different :).

Also it means I've replaced Sun Application Server 9 (based on glassfish) with jboss, becouse Sun AS has been eating twice as more memory than JBOSS 4.2.1 and I've read that Sun Portal requires 2 GB of memory to run and a lot of dependencies!


Eclipse 3.3 has won my heart. I just enjoy programming in it as I've never been enjoing in any other (jdeveloper, idea 7, eclipse 3.2).