TypeScript tips from Kotlin developer - const

Nowadays I mostly code in Kotlin programming language. I got interested in it when I started working on a Java 7 codebase and quickly got fed up with the language. At Bright Inventions we often use TypeScript for both back-end, front-end and mobile development so I thought I would share some thoughts and tips for…

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How to deploy Lambda function with CloudFormation?

Serverless deployments are popular these days. With a minimal cost you can have your own code wait and respond to various events. AWS Lambda, Azure Functions are just 2 examples of serverless offering from the biggest cloud providers. For a long time I had thought about them only in the context of ad-hoc setups not…

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How to call a load balanced ECS service?

A service running ECS can call plethora of AWS APIs. It can read messages from queues, publish messages to SNS topics, query a database. These are all valid ways to communicate with the service. However, often the most appropriate way is to call the service by an HTTP API. In this post I’ll describe how to configure an…

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How to deploy a service to Amazon Elastic Container Service with CloudFormation?

Containers are becoming the standard way of deploying software. Every cloud vendor now offers one or multiple ways to run containers on their platform. Most of our clients uses AWS to host their SaaS solution. As part of a new development for one of our clients we have decided to move away from Elastic Beanstalk and…

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In-memory database tests with Querydsl

Writing tests is an important skill of a software engineer. I used to write lots of very focused, narrow unit tests. However, I often found such tests to hinder refactoring and barely help in catching regressions. Whether such issues were caused by my poor design choices or are intrinsic to unit tests is not the focus…

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How to publish a library to a Maven repository with the maven-publish plugin

A seasoned developer now and then creates a piece of code that he or she would like to reuse in a different project. When such time comes it is useful to know how to publish a library so that it can easily be incorporated into a different project. In this post I will describe how to publish a Kotlin library to JCenter…

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