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Do you feel lost when others talk about encryption? In this post we will get you started with GPG encryption and encrypt/decrypt our deepest secrets. We will install the gpg commandline tool to do so. GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) is an implementation of the OpenPGP…

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Don’t want to install stuff to get started creating smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain? Use Ethereum remix to create and test your smart contracts! In this post we go over the basic functionalities of remix so you can get started fast. For a local…

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Cloud, Micronaut, Ops


Do you want to deploy your applications instantly to a cloud environment? Heroku offers a free account to get you started right away! In this post we set up our Heroku playground and deploy an app. You can read more on all other possibilities of…

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Are you interested in blockchain development but you don’t know where to begin? In this series we will get started with developing smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain. Your first step in becoming a Ethereum developer. The goal of this first post is to get…

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Android, Kotlin


An Android app with only one screen can be kind of dull. Here we learn how to switch between screens with Android Navigation. We take on clicklisteners on a recyclerview, passing arguments and the famous back stack. A great way to start your journey into…

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Android, Kotlin


Did you ever consider the users of your app could have no internet connection? Android Room will store data locally enabling a smooth offline experience. In this post we will show how to store data in a Room database and abstract this mechanism away using…

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Android, Kotlin


There are a lot of great places where you can get started with Android. In this post we assume you did a tutorial and go from there. We will talk about Recyclerview, ViewModels, Data Binding and more. The place where I started out with Android…

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Java, Spring Boot


Ever wondered how defining a property in Spring applications can automatically configure functionality? We are going to create this ourselves with Spring autoconfigure. We are going to setup a controller with endpoint with only a dependency and a property. For a more in depth discussion…

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Command line


Do you find yourself opening terminals and first resizing and arranging them before starting your commands? In this article we look at some helpful shortcuts for arranging one or multiple terminal windows with iTerm2. Personalise your terminal arrangement. For the full documentation on iTerm2 take…

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Freelance, Ops


Ever found yourself opening incognito browser screens just to test your application with another account? The chrome sessionbox extension lets you create multiple sessions in separate tabs! Installing is easy via the google chrome webstore found here. Creating a new session First navigate to your…

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Freelance, Ops, Scrum


In this post we look at reveal.js, a presentation framework from code! We discuss the benefits like importing themes and using i-frames inside the presentation. For a complete overview of all the features of reveal take a look at the README.md on github here. Did…

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It is about time to take on the Angular 8 upgrade. In this post we will see the steps that I needed for this job. In an earlier post we made the Angular 7 upgrade and there are a lot of similarities. Let’s dive into…

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Java, Kotlin


For Android developers there is a shift going on from Java to Kotlin. Here we are going to look at some Kotlin features that caught my eye. My overall impression is that it’s Java but more concise and more safe. Let’s have a look. For…

integration web
Angular, CI/CD


As an Angular developer npm install is a well known command. Copying this command to your Continuous Integration pipeline is a bad idea. Use the npm ci command instead. Here is why. We will concentrate on the differences betwee install and ci. For the complete…

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Command line


Ever been working your way down directories with alternating ls and cd? Not knowing by heart what the whole directory structure looks like can be a pain. But there is a way out with the tree command! This post is part of a series on…

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Command line


Postman was my go to tool when I considered making a http request. That all changed when I found out httpie gives a very easy and short API precisely for this. In this post I will show why I like httpie. The full documentation can…

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Command line


Working from the command line can be repetitive. Are you sick of typing the same path to a directory over and over again? Are you sometimes opening a finder to see what this path was? Z to the rescue! Now you can jump to this…

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Command line


As I gain more experience as a software developer I find myself using the command line a lot more. With this growing demand comes a growing need for powerful tools for the command line. In comes fish shell. For a complete documentation and installation guide…

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Java, Spring Boot


Jackson is a helpful tool when building REST API’s. In this post I will explain what Jackson annotations I use all the time. There are of course many more Jackson annotations for all situations (example tutorials here). Here we focus on the things you want…

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Cloud, Kubernetes


In previous posts on deploying an application to a Kubernetes cluster we used a NodePort to expose the service to the outside world. Kubernetes Ingress is a separate Pod where we can control this exposure via routing, security and rate limiting. In this post we…

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In this post we show some ways to combine observables. I made a stackblitz example project to give you a working example. The RxJS part of the project will be discussed in this post on RxJS combining. Disabled while loading We start out with 2…

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Most of the time you want to do multiple things with data you have. This post is on how to share this data in multiple observables: RxJS multicasting. For more examples on RxJS multicasting got to this learn-rxjs site. Say we have an api call…

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Errors are first class citizens in reactive programming. The error flow is adopted as a valid case of all observables. This is an essential and great feature but also one of the less understood parts. In this post we explore some of the most common…

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Freelance, Git


Ever wanted to commit something with a different git user? Maybe your employer provided a user for you? Here are some strategies. For more detailed information of the commands in this post please visit the git config documentation. Switch git user for one repository Suppose…

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This week we moved our git repositories to a new platform used in the company. This operation is simpler than a move from say SVN to git. Still here are some points not to overlook. It is always a good idea to take a closer…

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As a freelancer you are responsible for your own taxes. Some get an accountant to this but there is not much to it if you break it down. Here we discuss the VAT declaration, BTW in dutch. VAT are the taxes you charge on the…

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When you want to control a child component, directive or DOM element from its parent component, you can use the Viewchild decorator in Angular. Viewchild returns the first element that matches a give child component, directive or DOM element and updates it if the reference…

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Ever been in the situation where you want a change from another branch but not all? I did… and ended up merging everything and reverting all the things I didn’t need. Turns out git has a command for this! Git cherry-pick. The official documentation can…

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From functional programming we all know map and flatMap. With reactive programming just flattening is not enough information. We have to make a decision about what to do when either the observables emit the next element or complete. We have the following choices: mergeMap — deciding not…

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Working in reasonably big companies for the last years I’ve come across big Angular projects. As you would expect these projects were modular projects consisting of a bunch of modules. One of the things I never took in consideration was ‘tree shaking’. You can read…

markus spiske 771011 unsplash - NPM PEER DEPENDENCIES


Comming from the java world I realised npm resolves dependencies differently than for example maven. Maven demands one unique version of a dependency amongst who depend on it. This sometimes results in a so called ‘dependency hell’. Here we talk about peer dependencies that come…