Spring is time to boot up

Spring Boot

Well it was a long cold winter and I have been in deep with the JavaScript. Now that spring is here, I am booting up with some good old Java Rest because I would like to do some more backend development now. I've done backend work here and there through out my career, but really need to to do more Java. 

So I put together a simple REST API in Spring Boot with authentication that could be used to start any project. I like JWT personally over other methods I have used in the past. This simple api lets you register, login and create and edit post articles. I set it up with the database with Docker for easy installation.

In case you don't know, Spring Boot is an open-source Java-based framework that simplifies the process of building production-ready, stand-alone, and highly scalable web applications and microservices. It is a part of the broader Spring Framework ecosystem and aims to provide developers with a rapid development and deployment experience by offering a set of pre-configured defaults and conventions.

Key features and concepts of Spring Boot include:

Opinionated Defaults: Spring Boot comes with a collection of sensible defaults and pre-configured settings for common tasks, reducing the need for manual configuration. This allows developers to get started quickly without the need for extensive boilerplate code.

Auto-Configuration: Spring Boot employs auto-configuration to automatically configure application components based on the classpath and the dependencies present in the project. It simplifies the configuration process and reduces the need for explicit configuration.

Embedded Web Server: Spring Boot includes a choice of embedded web servers like Apache Tomcat, Jetty, and Undertow. This means that you can package your application as a standalone executable JAR or WAR file without needing to deploy it to a separate web server.


Measuring Up

Measuring Up

Measurabl is a software platform designed to help organizations manage and report on their sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance. It provides tools for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data related to sustainability initiatives, energy usage, water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and other key metrics.

For the past 6 years I spent with Measurabl, I led the upgrade of a web application to a modern framework with a custom build with new dependencies for theming, internationalization and deployment chosen and implemented by me. Over the years, I directly engineered a library of reusable presentational components such as tables, forms, maps and charts which I used in multiple premium subscription features of the application. Additionally, I integrated many 3rd party services into the app with internationalization, reporting and deployment/debugging technologies. 

In collaboration with the development team, we developed a web application and optimized the quality and efficiency of the CI/CD process. With a passion for building rich UI frontend applications and efficient APIs and proficiency in software technologies has allowed me to bridge the gap between technical and non-technical audiences. Resolving client demands and simplifying technical issues.

One of the premium subscription features I engineered was the Physical Climate Risk Report. This report required a client side component base UI to communicate with a REST API to render climate risk data as a report for the customer's portfolio. The UI report consists of filters to refine the results to specific climate risks and locations with the results produced on a page with charts, tables and a maps. There is also a PDF export rendered on the backend server with additional charting libraries.