Code-Held

Blog about Spring, Kotlin, Java, JVM, Clean Code, Continuous Integration and many more topics from my daily work

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A common problem when doing end-to-end tests is colliding ports on you buildmachine with parallel execution. With the technology stack of Docker, Jenkins and Gradle I’ll demonstrate one solution I use in my current project to start the backend with a random port and use it in the test execution afterwards.

When you work with git you can define aliases to make your experience even more productive and elegant. In this short post I’d like to present aliases that I use frequently and how they work. And I’ll start with my favorite: git recent-branches.

When you design a class you should never design it in a way that the class itself knows how it is used from the outside. Breaking this principle will make it difficult for other developers providing other implementations. I recently stumbled upon an implementation of different entities where the implementation had to provide a unique id for itself. Why this is causing problems and how you better design such a situation I’ll explain in this post.

In my current project we use Bitbucket Server as our Git backend and Jenkins with a pipeline multibranch project to build our project. For better integration of both technologies we decided to use the Bitbucket Branch Source Plugin. This enables us to trigger automated builds and maintain dynamic jobs on our Jenkins. But installing the necessary webhooks turned out to not be a trivial task.

This blog is not very old yet. I just started it a month ago and of course I wanted to know if somebody is even reading it. So after a few days I included Google Analytics to get an impression of the visitors of my page and if I even have an audience here. But barely any visit got tracked and since I didn’t even filter out my own ip I had the impression that I’m basically the only user of my page. But that impression was wrong, which I noticed when I switched to server side tracking.

After answering a question on stackoverflow about how to configure Spring Security with your own authentication mechanism I’d like to go into more details in this post. I’ll implement a simple use case where the actual authentication is done by reading the username and password from the header of a request.

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About Me

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Marcus Held

For the past 10 years I'm working on the JVM with Java and Kotlin, and for the last 6 years with Spring and Hibernate. At grandcentrix I'm leading a team of 8 backend developers specialized in building IoT cloud backends in Azure. My focus is to shape the architecture and improving the code quality of our projects while educating our employees. Previously I worked for Innogames where my main responsibility was the development of a highly scalable backend that was capable of handling millions of players worldwide.

At the age of 12, I had my first experience with programming. At 15 I started working professionally for companies and by 18, prior to finishing school, I founded my first company: Web as Art. I studied computer science at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and live near Cologne with my wife and two sons.

  • (k)lean JPA — Fallstricke und Clean Code mit JPA & Kotlin KKON digital 2021

    150 Kotlin enthusiasts throughout Germany attended the KKON 2021. In my talk I described pitfalls with JPA and how you avoid them in kotlin.

  • Boost Your Development With Proper API Design code.talks 2019

    With 1600 attendees is code.talks the largest developer conference in Germany. Around 400 people listened to my talk where I discussed several aspect of robust software architecture design.

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Rise of Cultures
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What is it?

Rise of Cultures is a simulation game where you guide your civilization through the ages, meet other cultures, conquer continents and built up your cities.

What did I do?

I developed and maintained the backend, which we developed with Java, Spring and Hibernate. When I worked on the project we released it for the first time on the US market to test early retention KPIs.

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Sunrise Village
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What is it?

Sunrise Village was a character driven simulation game in which the player built up a village and explored the world with his character. The game featured a rich exploration of the world and an extensive production simulation.

What did I do?

I developed and designed the server from the early days of production with Java, C#, Spring, Hibernate, RabbitMQ and .NET Core. One of the main features of the backend was a .NET Core application that used the same business logic as our client. The backend was capable to simulate multiple players moving on the same map.

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Gates of Epica
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What is it?

Gates of Epica was an action RPG developed with the Unreal Engine 4 for iOS and Android. In the game the player fought for loot and glory in more then 600 hand-crafted missions and joined glorious multiplayer boss fights where many players fought a boss for days.

What did I do?

My responsibility was the development of the backend and game logic. We used Java with Spring Boot, postgreSQL and hibernate.

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Legends of Honor
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What is it?

Legends of Honor is a massive multiplayer online strategy browser game. In the game you take control over a medieval kingdom and move through the world with your army in real time.

What did I do?

When the project was started I joined it right away as the first backend developer. In this role I had the technical responsibility to design the server architecture and lead a team of 10 backend developers until the launch of the project.

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Shadow Kings
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What is it?

As a successor of Goodgame Empire it was planned to target a more casual audience with a similar gameplay. Shadow Kings got released on PC, iOS and Android.

What did I do?

I took over the project in the last months of its existence as the first backend developer. In this time it was my responsibility to lead a team of 6 backend developers and to fork off the server from its origins in Goodgame Empire.

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Goodgame Empire
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What is it?

Goodgame Empire is a massive multiplayer browsergame with more than 70 million registered players. As a player you build up your castle to rule over four different kingdoms.

What did I do?

I started working on Empire 2014 and was one of the main backend developers of one of the two feature teams we operated. In this project we operated a Java based server which handled thousands of concurrent users with a high amount of requests per minute.

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