Monday, January 30, 2012

DevNexus 2012 Early Bird Ends in 48 Hours!

This is a friendly reminder that the Early Bird pricing for DevNexus 2012 ends in 48 hours on February 1 at 11:59pm. Therefore, please register for DevNexus at in order to secure your ticket for this wonderful conference at the low price of $185.

Date: March 21-22, 2012
Place: Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, GA
Cost: $185 (early bird price), $200 after February 1st.

DevNexus is the South-East's biggest conference for Java developers! We provide the best software professional development content at the lowest possible
price, bringing some of the world's best speakers & most interesting topics to Atlanta!

For 2012, we have an amazing line-up of speakers and sessions. Here is what you can expect:
  • 2 days
  • 6 tracks (2 more than last year!!)
  • 48 sessions
  • 3 keynote presentations
  • Food and beverages will be provided 
  • Cocktail-hour with free sponsored drinks at the end of the first day
  • Raffles and give-aways (e.g. books)
  • Great networking opportunities
  • Ridiculously cost-effective value
  • DevNexus is organized by community volunteers (pro-bono) for the community!
Here is a list of topics that we will cover:
  • Core Java (Java 7+8, Joda-Time, Guava)
  • Mobile (PhoneGap, Android, Titanium Mobile)
  • HTML5
  • JavaScript (Node.js, jQuery)
  • Spring (Spring 3.1, Spring MVC 3.1, Spring Integration)
  • JBoss (Delta Spike, JBoss 7)
  • Cloud (Heroku, Cloud Foundry, Google App Engine)
  • Gradle
  • Groovy
  • Git
  • Scala
  • NoSQL (Neo4J, Cassandra)
  • Play Framework
  • EhCache
  • REST
  • Continuous deployment
  • Talks on Agile Methodologies and Architecture
The DevNexus website already contains 32 session abstracts which you can browse at:

More presentation abstracts will be added shortly. We are also super-excited to offer 3 keynote presentations at DevNexus 2012. The opening keynote presenter will be Patrick Curran, Chair of the Java Community Process organization (JCP):

"Java User Groups and the Java Community Process: a winning combination"

Our second keynote presenter will be our very own Barry Hawkins, a veteran in our industry as speaker, developer, and agile coach and mentor.

"How We Got Here, And What To Do About It"

Please find more information about our keynote speakers, including keynote details, on our website at:

This is THE conference you must not miss. Therefore, come join us for this incredible event.

Don't hesitate, sign up for DevNexus 2012 today at:

We would also like to thank our Sponsors that greatly help us to keep DevNexus so affordable:

Gold Sponsors:
  • Terracotta
  • IntercontinentalExchange (ICE)
  • JBoss
  • The Intersect Group
Silver Sponsors:
  • Apex Systems
  • Anteo Group
Lastly, please feel free to send this note to your present & past co-workers in the local software development community. Group discounts of 5 or more apply.

If you have any questions please contact us at:

info at ajug dot org

See you all at DevNexus 2012!!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sonar and Gradle Multi-Module Projects

I love Sonar. It is a wonderful way to collect some metrics for your Java projects - hassle-free and wrapped in a sweet-looking UI.  For Maven-based projects Sonar literally works out of the box. Just start up your Sonar instance (assuming you are using the default settings running on localhost) and then you simply fire it off using:
$ mvn sonar:sonar 
A few moments later you should have the metrics available at:
Well, the past few days I was setting up a multi-module Gradle project for Sonar. Let me start by stating that Gradle is awesome. Having the ability to declare dependencies as one-liners and also being able to customize your scripts easily, yet having sensible defaults, is very nice. Kind of the best of both worlds.

Setting up Sonar for a multi module project, though, is unfortunately a bit more complicated, compared to what I am used to in the Maven world. It is not awfully complicated, but it took me a while to collect all the pieces of information.

Getting your Sonar plugin to just doing something is fairly simple. Just follow the basic steps outlined in the plugin documentation at:
One differentiator between the Sonar Plugin for Gradle and Maven is, that the Gradle version does not automatically run code coverage analysis. This needs to be manually setup. This is where the official doc just vaguely refers to Cobertura.

First, I tried using Cobertura for code coverage, but I seemed to run into difficulties for my multi-module projects. The Cobertura Plugin is here:
By chance I realized that the Sonar guys have a GitHub repository with samples on how to setup sonars for various build systems, including Gradle:
In their examples, they are using JaCoCo, which is not mentioned in the original Gradle docs and maybe I could have continued with Cobertura but it seemed that Sonar was preferring JaCoCo and thus I continued with that.

Some Gradle Sonar Plugin Limitations

The Gradle Sonar Plugin has an annoying limitation, where I can run it for the ROOT project OR for the sub-projects individually. See the following Gradle Jira ticket for details:
Furthermore, I hit the minor issue that I cannot set the links in the Sonar dashboard. This seems to be related to the following Sonar Jira issue:
The JaCoCo code coverage plugin is "slightly less" supported by the Gradle Sonar Plugin, e.g. the  Gradle Plugin does not have an explicit setter for the JacocoReportPath and it assumes the "target" folder as the build directory by default. Therefore you must set explicitly:
props["sonar.jacoco.reportPath"]  = "${buildDirName}/jacoco.exec"

Lastly, I deviated a bit from the SonarSource Gradle example, and instead of System properties, I wanted to use Gradle properties to allow for users to provide non-default Sonar configuration settings (databasem url, jdbc parameters etc.). Well, while setting that up I ran into yet another Gradle Jira issue:
But at the the end, I am happily able to run a multi-module Gradle project with Sonar and collecting Code Coverage statistics.  Here is the relavant code from my build.gradle file:

apply plugin: 'sonar'

sonar {

    if (rootProject.hasProperty('sonarHostUrl')) {
        server.url = rootProject.sonarHostUrl

    database {
        if (rootProject.hasProperty('sonarJdbcUrl')) {
            url = rootProject.sonarJdbcUrl
        if (rootProject.hasProperty('sonarJdbcDriver')) {
            driverClassName = rootProject.sonarJdbcDriver
        if (rootProject.hasProperty('sonarJdbcUsername')) {
            username = rootProject.sonarJdbcUsername
        if (rootProject.hasProperty('sonarJdbcPassword')) {
            password = rootProject.sonarJdbcPassword

    project {
        dynamicAnalysis  = "reuseReports"
        withProjectProperties { props ->
            props["sonar.core.codeCoveragePlugin"] = "jacoco"
            props["sonar.jacoco.reportPath"]       = "${buildDirName}/jacoco.exec"

    println("Sonar parameters used: server.url='${server.url}'; database.url='${database.url}'; database.driverClassName='${database.driverClassName}'; database.username='${database.username}'")


subprojects { subproject ->


    // See
    // and
    configurations {
        jacoco //Configuration Group used by Sonar to provide Code Coverage using JaCoCo

    // dependencies that are common across all java projects
    dependencies {
        jacoco group: "org.jacoco", name: "org.jacoco.agent", version: "", classifier: "runtime"

    test {
        jvmArgs "-javaagent:${configurations.jacoco.asPath}=destfile=${buildDir}/jacoco.exec,includes=org.your.project.*"
I hope this is useful information for all Gradle users out there.