Provision a VM using Packer and Vagrant

About 8 years back I worked for a company serving customers of the Payment Card Industry. They had a dire need of Infrastructure as Code(IaC) to build a Windows Active-Passive Cluster with Connect:Direct and engineers spent day and night to set it up manually. The ruckus created by that is still etched in my mind.

Now when I tried a simple recipe it worked like a charm. It isn’t very complicated as it is a simple test.

I started with this repo.

C:\Packer\ubuntu\ubuntu>packer build -only=vmware-iso -var='ssh_fullname=mirage' -var='ssh_password=mirage' -var-file=ubuntu1804.json ubuntu.json
vmware-iso: output will be in this color.

Warnings for build 'vmware-iso':

* A checksum type of 'none' was specified. Since ISO files are so big,
a checksum is highly recommended.
* Your vmx data contains the following variable(s), which Packer normally sets when it generates its own default vmx template. This may cause your build to fail or behave unpredictably: numvcpus, memsize

==> vmware-iso: Retrieving ISO
==> vmware-iso: Trying /Volumes/Storage/software/ubuntu/ubuntu-18.04.4-server-amd64.iso
==> vmware-iso: Trying /Volumes/Storage/software/ubuntu/ubuntu-18.04.4-server-amd64.iso?checksum=a5b0ea5918f850124f3d72ef4b85bda82f0fcd02ec721be19c1a6952791c8ee8
==> vmware-iso: /Volumes/Storage/software/ubuntu/ubuntu-18.04.4-server-amd64.iso?checksum=a5b0ea5918f850124f3d72ef4b85bda82f0fcd02ec721be19c1a6952791c8ee8 => C:/Packer/ubuntu/ubuntu/Volumes/Storage/software/ubuntu/ubuntu-18.04.4-server-amd64.iso
==> vmware-iso: Creating floppy disk...
vmware-iso: Copying files flatly from floppy_files
vmware-iso: Copying file: http/preseed.cfg
vmware-iso: Done copying files from floppy_files
vmware-iso: Collecting paths from floppy_dirs
vmware-iso: Resulting paths from floppy_dirs : []
vmware-iso: Done copying paths from floppy_dirs

Add box to Vagrant

C:\Packer\ubuntu\ubuntu\box\vmware>vagrant box add --name vmwarepackeransible
==> box: Box file was not detected as metadata. Adding it directly...
==> box: Adding box 'vmwarepackeransible' (v0) for provider:
box: Unpacking necessary files from: file://C:/Packer/ubuntu/ubuntu/box/vmware/
==> box: Successfully added box 'vmwarepackeransible' (v0) for 'vmware_desktop'!


C:\Packer\ubuntu\ubuntu\box\vmware>vagrant init vmwarepackeransible
A `Vagrantfile` has been placed in this directory. You are now
ready to `vagrant up` your first virtual environment! Please read
the comments in the Vagrantfile as well as documentation on
`` for more information on using Vagrant.

C:\Packer\ubuntu\ubuntu\box\vmware>vagrant up
Bringing machine 'default' up with 'vmware_desktop' provider...
==> default: Cloning VMware VM: 'vmwarepackeransible'. This can take some time...
==> default: Verifying vmnet devices are healthy...
==> default: Preparing network adapters...
==> default: Starting the VMware VM...
==> default: Waiting for the VM to receive an address...
==> default: Forwarding ports...
default: -- 22 => 2222
==> default: Waiting for machine to boot. This may take a few minutes...
default: SSH address:
default: SSH username: vagrant
default: SSH auth method: private key
default: Vagrant insecure key detected. Vagrant will automatically replace
default: this with a newly generated keypair for better security.
default: Inserting generated public key within guest...
default: Removing insecure key from the guest if it's present...
default: Key inserted! Disconnecting and reconnecting using new SSH key...
==> default: Machine booted and ready!
==> default: Configuring network adapters within the VM...
==> default: Waiting for HGFS to become available...
==> default: Enabling and configuring shared folders...
default: -- C:/Packer/ubuntu/ubuntu/box/vmware: /vagrant

Shell provisioner in Vagrantfile

config.vm.provision "shell", inline: <<-SHELL
add-apt-repository ppa:openjdk-r/ppa -y
apt-get update
echo "\n----- Installing Java 8 ------\n"
apt-get -y install  openjdk-8-jdk
update-alternatives --config java

SSH into vagrant and check

SHELLvagrant@vagrant:~$ java -version
openjdk version "1.8.0_252"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_252-8u252-b09-1~18.04-b09)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.252-b09, mixed mode)

There are other scenarious that are complicated but a simple test like this works as expected.

Dune is a Ocaml build system

Here is my attempt to properly build a toy Ocaml project using Dune.

Since this is the learning phase the Ocaml code may not be idiomatic.

My unit test framework is Alcotest

As is the case with other Ocaml tools and techniques information about this is sketchy. I wish there were more articles and examples as it is fun to work with this language..

I will add more details as I research this further. But for now here is a brief description of the dune build file.

  • dune runtest executes  all the tests
  • Dune does not install dependencies automatically . So, for example, I have to execute ‘opam install alcotest’. That is how one installs any opam package we need generally.


This looks like the file in which one specifies the framework versions and build instructions.

opam-version: "2.0"
authors: [ "Mohan" ]
synopsis: "Learning Dune"
description: """
Learning Dune
tags: []
depends: [
"ocaml" {
>= "4.02.3"}
"alcotest" {with-test}
build: [
["dune" "subst"] {pinned}
["dune" "build" "-p" name "-j" jobs]
["dune" "runtest" "-p" name "-j" jobs] {with-test}

Dune dependencies

This specifies the dependencies and the modules. My code module is ‘graph‘ and my test module is ‘kruskaltest‘.


Main module


mirage@mirage:~/theorem$ dune runtest
kruskaltest alias runtest
Testing Weights.
This run has ID `D7DAB7A8-A60A-4522-9732-54FAE2331A72`.
[OK] test compare weights of edges 0 Compare weights.
The full test results are available in `/home/mirage/theorem/_build/default/_build/_tests/D7DAB7A8-A60A-4522-9732-54FAE2331A72`.
Test Successful in 0.000s. 1 test run.

Java 8 Optional

I think there are more elegant ways to check if Optional is empty or not but here I have to collect everything in a ArrayList. So I wasn’t able to include isPresent() in the lambda pipeline.

package com.test;

import java.util.*;
public class OptionalTest {

    private static List<String> newImports = new ArrayList<>();

    public static Optional<List<String>> getOptionalNewImports() {

        return Optional.ofNullable(newImports);

    public static void main( String... argv ){


        if( getOptionalNewImports().isPresent() ) {
            List<String> imports = new ArrayList<>();
                    .map(p -> "import " + p + ";")
                    .collect(Collectors.toCollection(() -> imports));
            imports.forEach( System.out::println);


This is the relevant method.

        public Optional<List<String>> getOptionalNewImports() {

            return Optional.ofNullable(newImports);

This is a proper usage of ifPresent. I assign a value to a variable if the value is present.

                        rules.getOptionalClassIdentifier().ifPresent( a -> {this.classIdentifier = a;});

JPA and Spring @Transactional and JBoss Arquillian

JBoss Arquillian is a test framework that one can use to execute tests in the IDE as part of the development process. The key parts are the deployment API and container adapters that enable us to deploy, tests that execute inside a container, automatically and repeatedly.

I have written about Arquillian here.
In this post I will show how a simple Arquillian test for a JPA transaction avoids countless wasted hours. Actually I spent a few hours trying to find out why enabling the wrong Transaction Manager produces log lines almost similar to the section below and misleads one into thinking that transactions are indeed in effect. It is the wrong transaction manager and no rows are actually committed to the Database. But the logs do show some messages that indicate data is committed.

This is the correct set of log messages that show that JpaTransactionManager takes effect.

DEBUG: org.springframework.transaction.annotation.AnnotationTransactionAttribute
Source – Adding transactional method ‘TestImpl.test’ with attribute: PROPAGATION
DEBUG: org.springframework.orm.jpa.JpaTransactionManager – Creating new transact
ion with name [com.jpa.test.TestImpl.test]: PROPAGATION_REQUIRED,ISOLATION_DEFAU
LT; ”
DEBUG: org.hibernate.internal.SessionImpl – Opened session at timestamp: 1442144
TRACE: org.hibernate.internal.SessionImpl – Setting flush mode to: AUTO
TRACE: org.hibernate.internal.SessionImpl – Setting cache mode to: NORMAL
DEBUG: org.springframework.orm.jpa.JpaTransactionManager – Opened new EntityMana
ger [org.hibernate.ejb.EntityManagerImpl@8f64d] for JPA transaction
DEBUG: org.hibernate.engine.transaction.spi.AbstractTransactionImpl – begin
DEBUG: org.hibernate.engine.jdbc.internal.LogicalConnectionImpl – Obtaining JDBC
DEBUG: org.springframework.jdbc.datasource.SimpleDriverDataSource – Creating new
JDBC Driver Connection to [jdbc:hsqldb:mem:dataSource]
DEBUG: org.hibernate.engine.jdbc.internal.LogicalConnectionImpl – Obtained JDBC
DEBUG: org.hibernate.engine.transaction.internal.jdbc.JdbcTransaction – initial
autocommit status: true
DEBUG: org.hibernate.engine.transaction.internal.jdbc.JdbcTransaction – disablin
g autocommit
DEBUG: org.springframework.orm.jpa.JpaTransactionManager – Exposing JPA transact
ion as JDBC transaction [org.springframework.orm.jpa.vendor.HibernateJpaDialect$
– Bound value [org.springframework.jdbc.datasource.ConnectionHolder@805780] for
key [org.springframework.jdbc.datasource.SimpleDriverDataSource@faa27c] to thre
ad [http-nio-8080-exec-5]
– Bound value [org.springframework.orm.jpa.EntityManagerHolder@7a72fc] for key
[org.springframework.orm.jpa.LocalContainerEntityManagerFactoryBean@1e0cc0a] to
thread [http-nio-8080-exec-5]
– Initializing transaction synchronization
TRACE: org.springframework.transaction.interceptor.TransactionInterceptor – Gett
ing transaction for [com.jpa.test.TestImpl.test]
INFO : jpa – TransactionSynchronizationManager.isActualTransactionActive()true
INFO : jpa – INMEMORY_DB [id=id, street=Street, area=Area, state=State, country
=LO, pin=1]
– Retrieved value [org.springframework.orm.jpa.EntityManagerHolder@7a72fc] for
key [org.springframework.orm.jpa.LocalContainerEntityManagerFactoryBean@1e0cc0a]
bound to thread [http-nio-8080-exec-5]
TRACE: org.hibernate.engine.spi.IdentifierValue – ID unsaved-value strategy UNDE
TRACE: org.hibernate.event.internal.AbstractSaveEventListener – Transient instan
ce of: com.jpa.test.INMEMORY_DB
TRACE: org.hibernate.event.internal.DefaultPersistEventListener – Saving transie
nt instance
DEBUG: org.hibernate.event.internal.AbstractSaveEventListener – Generated identi
fier: id, using strategy:
TRACE: org.hibernate.event.internal.AbstractSaveEventListener – Saving [com.jpa.
TRACE: org.hibernate.engine.spi.ActionQueue – Adding an EntityInsertAction for [
com.jpa.test.INMEMORY_DB] object
TRACE: org.hibernate.engine.spi.ActionQueue – Adding insert with no non-nullable
, transient entities: [EntityInsertAction[com.jpa.test.INMEMORY_DB#id]]
TRACE: org.hibernate.engine.spi.ActionQueue – Adding resolved non-early insert a
TRACE: org.hibernate.action.internal.UnresolvedEntityInsertActions – No unresolv
ed entity inserts that depended on [[com.jpa.test.INMEMORY_DB#id]]
TRACE: org.hibernate.action.internal.UnresolvedEntityInsertActions – No entity i
nsert actions have non-nullable, transient entity dependencies.
TRACE: org.springframework.transaction.interceptor.TransactionInterceptor – Comp
leting transaction for [com.jpa.test.TestImpl.test]
DEBUG: org.springframework.orm.jpa.JpaTransactionManager – Initiating transactio
n commit
DEBUG: org.springframework.orm.jpa.JpaTransactionManager – Committing JPA transa
ction on EntityManager [org.hibernate.ejb.EntityManagerImpl@8f64d]
DEBUG: org.hibernate.engine.transaction.spi.AbstractTransactionImpl – committing

The source code has a copy of log4j.xml that enables the appropriate log. But this method is not repeatable in the sense that it is hard to manually check the log messages everytime we change the configuration or add new code. That is what unit tests are for and Arquillian container tests deploy our code into a container and execute tests in the IDE. The developer does not have to deploy manually and test the code. All that is required is a good regression test suite.

Arquillian uses the dependency arquillian-transaction-spring to make the test method transactional.

There are some dependencies in the pom.xml as well as in this Arquillian test that are not needed or redundant but the required ones are there.

package com.jpa.test;

import static org.junit.Assert.assertEquals;

import java.util.List;
import java.util.logging.Logger;

import javax.persistence.EntityManager;
import javax.persistence.PersistenceContext;
import javax.persistence.TypedQuery;
import javax.transaction.SystemException;

import org.jboss.arquillian.container.test.api.Deployment;
import org.jboss.arquillian.junit.Arquillian;
import org.jboss.arquillian.spring.integration.test.annotation.SpringConfiguration;
import org.jboss.arquillian.transaction.api.annotation.Transactional;
import org.jboss.shrinkwrap.api.ShrinkWrap;
import org.jboss.shrinkwrap.api.formatter.Formatters;
import org.jboss.shrinkwrap.api.spec.JavaArchive;
import org.jboss.shrinkwrap.api.spec.WebArchive;
import org.jboss.shrinkwrap.resolver.api.maven.Maven;
import org.junit.Test;
import org.junit.runner.RunWith;

public class ShrinkWrappedJPATest {

	private static Logger l = Logger.getLogger("jpa");
	private EntityManager entityManager;

    public static WebArchive createWebArchive() {
    	final WebArchive war=ShrinkWrap.create(WebArchive.class,"ShrinkWrapJPA.war");
        JavaArchive jar = ShrinkWrap.create(JavaArchive.class)

    	war.addAsResource("persistence.xml", "META-INF/persistence.xml");
    	loadDependencies( war );;
    	return war;

    private static void loadDependencies( final WebArchive war ){
        File springorm = Maven.


        File hibernate = Maven.


	    File hibernate1 = Maven.

        File springexpression = Maven.


        File springweb = Maven.


        File springcore = Maven.

        File springcontext = Maven.


        File springjdbc = Maven.

        File springtx = Maven.

        File hsqldb = Maven.

         File dbcp = Maven.

       File aopalliance = Maven.

        File extensionspring = Maven.


         File springbeans = Maven.


        File springaop = Maven.


         File transactionapi = Maven.

         File transactionimplbase = Maven.


	public void save() throws Exception, SystemException {

        INMEMORY_DB a = new INMEMORY_DB();
		entityManager.persist( a );
  		assertEquals(getAddressCount(), 2);

	public int getAddressCount(){
		TypedQuery<INMEMORY_DB> query =
				entityManager.createQuery("SELECT c FROM INMEMORY_DB c", INMEMORY_DB.class);
		List<INMEMORY_DB> results = query.getResultList();	
		return results.size();


Arquillian Unit Tests

arquillian_logoI have contributed an article to DZone about Arquillian using this source code.

Parsing Java Micro-benchmarking Harness data using dplyr – Part 2

I have to add explanations later because I have to determine if the statistical measures calculated are correct or wrong. But this is based on the previous blog post.

Update : I think the measures are correctly plotted.

Types of Error bars used to plot the diagram

Error bars Type Description
Standard error (SEM) Inferential A measure of how variable the mean will be, if you repeat the whole study many times.
Confidence interval (CI), usually 95% CI Inferential A range of values you can be 95% confident contains the true mean.

The parsing will not work if JMH changes the default format of the output file.


data <- read.table("D:\\jmh\\jmh.txt",sep="\t")

final <-data %>%
	    select(V1) %>%	
		filter(grepl("^Iteration", V1)) %>%  
        mutate(V1 = str_extract(V1, "\\d+\\.\\d*"))

final <- mutate(final,IDX = 1:n())

jc <- final %>%
		filter(IDX < 21)

gc <- final %>%
		filter(IDX > 20)

gc <- mutate(gc,IDX = 1:n())

jc <- data.frame(sapply(jc, function(x) as.numeric(as.character(x))))
gc <- data.frame(sapply(gc, function(x) as.numeric(as.character(x))))

error <- qt(0.995,df=length(jc$V1)-1)*sd(jc$V1)/sqrt(length(jc$V1))
error1 <- mean(jc$V1)-error
error2 <- mean(jc$V1)+error

q <- qplot(geom = "line",jc$IDX,jc$V1, colour='red')+geom_errorbar(aes(x=jc$IDX, ymin=jc$V1-sd(jc$V1), ymax=jc$V1+sd(jc$V1)), width=0.25)+ 
		geom_ribbon(aes(x=jc$IDX, y=jc$V1, ymin=error1, ymax=error2),fill="ivory2",alpha = 0.4)+ 
		xlab('Iterations') + ylab("Java Collections")+theme_bw() 

ggsave("D:\\jmh\\jc.png", width=6, height=6, dpi=100)

#Using error <- qt(0.995,df=length(jc$V1)-1)*sd(jc$V1)/sqrt(length(jc$V1)) 
g <- ggplot(jc, aes(x = IDX, y = V1)) +
		theme_bw() +
		geom_ribbon(aes(ymin = V1 - error, ymax = V1 + error), fill = "gray60",
				alpha = 0.3) +
		geom_line(color = "blue", size = 1) +
		geom_errorbar(aes(ymin = V1 - error, ymax = V1 + error), width = 0.25,
				color = "red") +
		labs(x = "Iterations", y = "Java collections")

ggsave("D:\\jmh\\ggplotjc.png", width=6, height=6, dpi=100)

error <- qt(0.995,df=length(gc$V1)-1)*sd(gc$V1)/sqrt(length(gc$V1))
error1 <- mean(gc$V1)-error
error2 <- mean(gc$V1)+error

q1 <- qplot(geom = "line",gc$IDX,gc$V1, colour='red')+geom_errorbar(aes(x=gc$IDX, ymin=gc$V1-sd(gc$V1), ymax=gc$V1+sd(gc$V1)), width=0.25)+ 
		geom_ribbon(aes(x=gc$IDX, y=gc$V1, ymin=error1, ymax=error2),fill="ivory2",alpha = 0.4)+ 
		xlab('Iterations') + ylab("Goldmansachs Collections")+theme_bw() 

ggsave("D:\\jmh\\gc.png", width=6, height=6, dpi=100)

#Using error <- qt(0.995,df=length(gc$V1)-1)*sd(gc$V1)/sqrt(length(gc$V1)) 
g1 <- ggplot(gc, aes(x = IDX, y = V1)) +
		theme_bw() +
		geom_ribbon(aes(ymin = V1 - error, ymax = V1 + error), fill = "gray60",
				alpha = 0.3) +
		geom_line(color = "blue", size = 1) +
		geom_errorbar(aes(ymin = V1 - error, ymax = V1 + error), width = 0.25,
				color = "red") +
		labs(x = "Iterations", y = "Goldmansachs collections")

ggsave("D:\\jmh\\ggplotgc.png", width=6, height=6, dpi=100)



Suggested by the R user forum to improve the aesthetics of the plot. The Confidence Interval of 99% shown in the plots above is not correct. But the curves and error bars are correct.

g1 <- ggplot(gc, aes(x = IDX, y = V1)) +
		theme_bw() +
		geom_ribbon(aes(ymin = V1 - error, ymax = V1 + error), fill = "gray60",
				alpha = 0.3) +
		geom_line(color = "blue", size = 1) +
		geom_errorbar(aes(ymin = V1 - error, ymax = V1 + error), width = 0.25,
				color = "red") +
		labs(x = "Iterations", y = "Goldmansachs collections")

ggplot creates these two graphs. So instead of qplot code we should use ggplot.



Update : See this

Parsing Java Micro-benchmarking Harness data using dplyr – Part 1

This is about the venerable JMH and Hadley Wickham’s dplyr and pipes package. dplyr enables you to have too much fun with data. Its pipes are so powerful and makes short shrift of even messy data.

# VM invoker: D:\Java\bin\java.exe
# VM options: -XX:-TieredCompilation -Dbenchmark.n=10000
# Warmup: 5 iterations, 50 ms each
# Measurement: 20 iterations, 50 ms each
# Timeout: 10 min per iteration
# Threads: 1 thread, will synchronize iterations
# Benchmark mode: Average time, time/op
# Benchmark:

# Run progress: 0.00% complete, ETA 00:00:02
# Fork: 1 of 1
# Warmup Iteration 1: 0.443 us/op
# Warmup Iteration 2: 0.290 us/op
# Warmup Iteration 3: 0.343 us/op
# Warmup Iteration 4: 0.350 us/op
# Warmup Iteration 5: 0.388 us/op
Iteration 1: 0.796 us/op
Iteration 2: 0.542 us/op
Iteration 3: 0.510 us/op
Iteration 4: 0.617 us/op
Iteration 5: 0.482 us/op
Iteration 6: 0.387 us/op
Iteration 7: 0.272 us/op
Iteration 8: 0.536 us/op
Iteration 9: 0.498 us/op
Iteration 10: 0.402 us/op
Iteration 11: 0.328 us/op
Iteration 12: 0.542 us/op
Iteration 13: 0.299 us/op
Iteration 14: 0.647 us/op
Iteration 15: 0.291 us/op
Iteration 16: 0.815 us/op
Iteration 17: 0.680 us/op
Iteration 18: 0.363 us/op
Iteration 19: 0.560 us/op
Iteration 20: 0.334 us/op

Result: 0.495 ¦(99.9%) 0.140 us/op [Average]
Statistics: (min, avg, max) = (0.272, 0.495, 0.815), stdev = 0.162
Confidence interval (99.9%): [0.355, 0.636]

# VM invoker: D:\Java\bin\java.exe
# VM options: -XX:-TieredCompilation -Dbenchmark.n=10000
# Warmup: 5 iterations, 50 ms each
# Measurement: 20 iterations, 50 ms each
# Timeout: 10 min per iteration
# Threads: 1 thread, will synchronize iterations
# Benchmark mode: Average time, time/op
# Benchmark:

# Run progress: 50.00% complete, ETA 00:00:05
# Fork: 1 of 1
# Warmup Iteration 1: 0.475 us/op
# Warmup Iteration 2: 0.696 us/op
# Warmup Iteration 3: 0.816 us/op
# Warmup Iteration 4: 0.622 us/op
# Warmup Iteration 5: 0.574 us/op
Iteration 1: 0.987 us/op
Iteration 2: 0.585 us/op
Iteration 3: 0.770 us/op
Iteration 4: 0.711 us/op
Iteration 5: 0.546 us/op
Iteration 6: 0.553 us/op
Iteration 7: 1.164 us/op
Iteration 8: 1.096 us/op
Iteration 9: 1.477 us/op
Iteration 10: 0.824 us/op
Iteration 11: 1.002 us/op
Iteration 12: 0.504 us/op
Iteration 13: 1.019 us/op
Iteration 14: 0.834 us/op
Iteration 15: 0.589 us/op
Iteration 16: 0.557 us/op
Iteration 17: 1.338 us/op
Iteration 18: 0.906 us/op
Iteration 19: 0.486 us/op
Iteration 20: 0.587 us/op

Result: 0.827 ¦(99.9%) 0.252 us/op [Average]
Statistics: (min, avg, max) = (0.486, 0.827, 1.477), stdev = 0.291
Confidence interval (99.9%): [0.574, 1.079]

# Run complete. Total time: 00:00:10

Benchmark Mode Samples Score Scor
e error Units
o.s.j.CollectionComparison.goldmansachscollections avgt 20 0.495
0.140 us/op
o.s.j.CollectionComparison.javacollections avgt 20 0.827
0.252 us/op


data <- read.table("D:\\jmh\\jmh.txt",sep="\t")

final <-data %>%
	    select(V1) %>%	
		filter(grepl("^Iteration", V1)) %>%  
        mutate(V1 = str_extract(V1, "\\d+\\.\\d*"))


1 0.796
2 0.542
3 0.510
4 0.617
5 0.482
6 0.387
7 0.272
8 0.536
9 0.498
10 0.402
11 0.328
12 0.542
13 0.299
14 0.647
15 0.291
16 0.815
17 0.680
18 0.363
19 0.560
20 0.334
21 0.987
22 0.585
23 0.770
24 0.711
25 0.546
26 0.553
27 1.164
28 1.096
29 1.477
30 0.824
31 1.002
32 0.504
33 1.019
34 0.834
35 0.589
36 0.557
37 1.338
38 0.906
39 0.486
40 0.587

Java byte code in practice

I am listening to Rafael on Virtual JUG

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 10.27.03 am

‘mvn package’ through our debilitating NTLM proxy

I was morose, grief-stricken and close to tears when our evil corporate proxy stopped me from doing anything. Each tool needs a different type of parameters to pass through this proxy. I tried to use cntlm but that did not help. After many hours I realized that this settings.xml builds everything properly.

There are two proxy sections but I have not attempted to remove one. It is working as it is.

<settings xmlns=""
    <!--make the profile active all the time -->
      <!--Override the repository (and pluginRepository) "central" from the
         Maven Super POM -->
      <name>Maven Plugin Repository</name>


I have been building and quickly exploring various JDK 9 features during this past weekend.
There is a new REPL now among other gems. I will update this post as I explore it further.

Mohans-MacBook-Pro:openjdk radhakrishnan$ java -version
java version “1.9.0-ea”
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.9.0-ea-b61)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 1.9.0-ea-b61, mixed mode)
Mohans-MacBook-Pro:openjdk radhakrishnan$ java -jar kulla-0.508-20150510054454.jar
| Welcome to JShell — Version 0.508
| Type /help for help


-> String s = “__mainn__”.replaceAll(“[^a-z\\s]”, “”);
| Added variable s of type String with initial value “mainn”

-> System.out.println(s);

-> mainn

-> final Map count = s.chars().map(Character::toLowerCase).collect(TreeMap::new, (m, c) -> m.merge((char) c, 1, Integer::sum), Map::putAll);
| Warning:
| Modifier ‘final’ not permitted in top-level declarations, ignored
| final Map count = s.chars().map(Character::toLowerCase).collect(TreeMap::new, (m, c) -> m.merge((char) c, 1, Integer::sum), Map::putAll);
| ^—^
| Added variable count of type Map with initial value {a=1, i=1, m=1, n=2}

-> int x = 26;
| Added variable x of type int with initial value 26

-> count.entrySet().stream().sorted((l, r) -> r.getValue().compareTo(l.getValue())).forEach(e -> count.merge(e.getKey(), x–, Math::multiplyExact));

-> System.out.println(count.entrySet().stream());
-> stream.ReferencePipeline$Head@548a9f61

-> System.out.println(count.entrySet().stream().mapToDouble(e -> e.getValue()).sum());

Everything can be changed in the REPL. Nothing is final and it is ignored. That is what told me.