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How to build Maven project with third-party / proprietary jars

We often encounter a scenario where we have to build a maven project where all but one or a couple of jars are not available on Maven Central repository. This can happen when we work with proprietary jars, or third party libraries not maintained on any public Maven repositories. A very common example is ojdbc6.jar

In such scenario we can follow any of these steps to continue to build our projects with Maven.

Method 1:
Using System Scope
Add the jar file in the lib folder or the project and in pom.xml refer to the same as follows:


Method 2:
Adding the jar into local maven repository, and then referring the same in pom.xml
Browse to the directory where the jar is present and Run the following command on cmd prompt
mvn install:install-file -Dfile=CLFWrapper.jar -DgroupId=CLFWrapper -DartifactId=CLFWrapper -Dversion=1.0 -Dpackaging=jar

Note the groupId, artifactId and version you mention while adding the jar to local maven repository. The same must be used in pom.xml as below:
While personally I feel, Method 2 is a cleaner way to do it since system scope dependency only get used in build and test and are not exported, which is otherwise possible for compile scope (the default scope for maven dependencies).

Steps to create Maven based Dynamic Web Project in Eclipse

Well, something today absolutely from the basics. Many times newbies wonder how to create maven based Dynamic Web Projects on eclipse. So, this article is in rescue for all such developers.

Assuming you've already setup Maven and Tomcat / Pivotal tc with your eclipse, let's move ahead.


Create a Simple Maven project in Eclipse

Step. 2
Select workspace location and select "Next"

Step. 3
Select Archetype with Artifact Id as "maven-archetype-webapp" and click "Next"

Step. 4
Enter your "Group Id", "Artifact Id" for your project and click "Finish"

Step. 5
If you observe some error markers on your project with the following error:

Then, either add the Tomcat / Pivotal tc server runtime to your project properties

Or, Add the following dependency on your "pom.xml" file

Step. 7
Now goto Run As -> Maven build... menu

On the Run configurations window, enter Goals as "clean install" and click "Run"

If the setup is correct the build should complete successfully

Step. 8
Now let's run our project on Tomcat / Pivotal tc Server

You should be able to see you webapp running at:

Your final project structure should like similar to:

Hope this helps you in creating you great maven projects henceforth...

How to use Java 7 File Watcher Service for polling File system

Java 7 have brought in Watcher Service API in its NIO (Non-blocking IO) package which allows us to monitor a particular folder for any changes like addition, modification, deletion of files. This very useful when you want to trigger some file processing action or alike on any file change event. Thus we do not need to use any thrid party API any more and is fairly simple to work with.

So let's dive in...
First create an object of WatchService

WatchService watchFolder = pathToFolder.getFileSystem().newWatchService();

Create WatchQueueReader object, and create a thread with it.
You can actually this way make your application monitor different directories for file changes, and run the operation is separate threads.

WatchQueueReader watchQueueReader = new WatchQueueReader(watchFolder);
Thread th1 = new Thread(watchQueueReader, "FILE_INPUT_DIRECTORY");

Register this WatchService for a given directory like the following:

Path pathToFolder = Paths.get("c:/some_file_path_to_monitor");
pathToFolder.register(watchFolder, ENTRY_CREATE, ENTRY_DELETE, ENTRY_MODIFY);

Note: If you want to monitor only creation, or modify then register only with those Watch event kinds.

The Watch Service API does not allow registering an individual file. We’ll get a java.nio.file.NotDirectoryException if trying to do so.

WatchKey key = watchService.take();
Thread t = Thread.currentThread();

Next, write an infinite loop to repeatedly poll the events fired by the watcher and process the events accordingly.

while (key != null && !mStop) {
    for (WatchEvent event : key.pollEvents()) {
        if (t.getName().equals("FILE_INPUT_DIRECTORY")) {
            // Process the file
  "FILE_INPUT_DIRECTORY: " +  event.context());
             *  do something here with the file
             *  event.context() will give the file name
             *  event.kind() will tell what kind of event occurred
         key = watchService.take();

It’s very important that the key must be reset after the events have been processed. If not, the key won’t receive further events.

Often, you might have a need to pick-up all files in the monitored folder which might have accumulated while your application was not running. Since, WatchService only picks up the events, so we can simulate the event just by modifying the LastModified with the same value as it is now. This would ideally trigger the MODIFY event, without actually making any change to the metadata value.

private static void triggerWatchService(File dir) throws IOException {
 File[] dirContent = dir.listFiles();
 for (File f : dirContent) {
  if (!f.isDirectory()) {
   log.debug("Processing existing file: " + f.getName());
} Download the Eclipse project

Text Encryption & Decryption using Java

The need of encryption is very very common in today's world. Many-a-times one needs to encrypt some text, password or even some paragraphs at times for respective needs. Encryption gives you certain peace of mind that eavesdroppers won't be able to read the content, and it can only be deciphered by someone who has the key.

Let's look at a simple yet robust working solution of a text / string encryption & decryption algorithm.

You need to define a key for the encryption. AES only supports key sizes of 16, 24 or 32 bytes.

Following is the code for encryption of the input text

And here goes the logic for decryption of encrypted text

Note: The key is required both for encryption and decryption

Encrypt_Decrypt.zipDownload the Eclipse project

Install OwnCloud 8 with Nginx and MySql on Raspberry Pi

This article has been long due from our side since OwnCloud 8 has been released, the product is pretty stable and popular now with the latest stable release of version 8.1.1

Like previous iterations, keeping in mind the small footprint and power of Raspberry Pi we would be using following components:
  • Nginx (as Webserver instead of Apache, as it would be faster)
  • MySql
  • Php 5
So without much ado, let get straight into Business...

Step 1.
Update the repositories
sudo apt-get update

Step 2.
Install MySql
sudo apt-get install mysql-server

Enter a password for root account when prompted, and do remember it :)

Step 3.
Let's now configure the mysql so that it runs better on our tiny resource tight Raspberry Pi
Backup existing config
sudo mv /etc/mysql/my.cnf /etc/mysql/my.cnf.bak

Use a suitable config for Raspberry Pi
sudo cp /usr/share/doc/mysql-server-5.5/examples/my-small.cnf /etc/mysql/my.cnf

Edit the config file
sudo nano /etc/mysql/my.cnf

Find the [mysqld] section of the file and place the following line in it:
query_cache_size = 8M

Step 4.
Now we will connect to the database and created required db objects and users
mysql -u root -p

Execute the following at MySql prompt (change the fields in red as per your setup)
CREATE USER techjawab@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'password';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON owncloud.* TO techjawab@localhost;

Step 5.
Install Php5 and related libraries
sudo apt-get install php5-mysql openssl ssl-cert php5-cli php5-common php5-cgi php-pear php-apc curl libapr1 libtool php5-curl libcurl4-openssl-dev php-xml-parser php5-dev php5-gd memcached php5-memcache

Step 6.
Install Nginx
sudo apt-get install php5-fpm nginx

Step 7.
Install and configure OwnCloud
Create directories required for owncloud
sudo mkdir -p /var/www/owncloud
cd /var/www/

Download OwnCloud and set permissions
sudo wget
sudo tar -xvf owncloud-8.1.1.tar.bz2
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www

Create SSL certificates for https connection
sudo mkdir -p /etc/nginx/ssl
sudo openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 36500 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout /etc/nginx/ssl/owncloud.key -out /etc/nginx/ssl/owncloud.crt

Configure owncloud
Edit the below file and copy - paste the config given below
Note:  Remember to edit your domain name or ip under "server_name" field both for http and https
sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/owncloud

Enabling owncloud settings
sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/owncloud /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/owncloud
sudo unlink /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default

Configure Php FastCGI Process Manager
sudo nano /etc/php5/fpm/php.ini

Set the following values accordingly in the config file, change value for upload directory according to your setup

default_charset = "UTF-8"
upload_max_filesize = 10G
post_max_size = 10G
upload_tmp_dir = /mnt/usbstorage/owncloud/tmp
max_input_time = 360000
#The maximum time in seconds a script is allowed to parse input data.
max_execution_time = 360000
memory_limit = 512M

Restart the services
sudo service nginx restart
sudo service php5-fpm restart

Create directories for owncloud on your mounted external storage
sudo mkdir -p /media/NASDRIVE/owncloud
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /media/NASDRIVE/owncloud

sudo mkdir -p /media/NASDRIVE/owncloud/tmp
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /media/NASDRIVE/owncloud/tmp

Step 8.
Open Browser and browse to your domain name or ip address

You would need to setup the following:
  • setup admin username / password
  • Provide the owncloud storage path created above
  • Provide database name, username and password created in step 4, and click "Finish setup"

Viola, you have your "own"cloud up and running now...