Introduction to Amazon Code Pipeline with Java part 23: job worker daemon wrap-up


In the previous post we finished discussing the job poller implementation. The job poller’s execute function runs every time the job agent polls Code Pipeline for new jobs. The job poller is responsible for pulling the new jobs and handing them over to the job service and job processor that will process them in some way. The poller will also send a signal to CP whether the job was a success or failure. The exact branching depends on the job status.

We’re now ready to return to the job worker daemon implementation. We’ve seen all the classes that the job worker calls upon either directly or indirectly so it’s time to connect the parts. We’ll do that in this post.

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Packing and unpacking files using Tar archives in .NET

You must have come across files that were archives using the tar file format. Tar files are most often used on Unix systems like Linux but it happens that you need to deal with them in a .NET project.

You can find examples of .tar files throughout the Apache download pages, such this one. You’ll notice that .tar files are often also compressed using the GZip compression algorithm which together give the “.tar.gz” extension: they are files that were packed into a tar archive and then zipped using GZip. You can find an example of using GZip in .NET on this blog here. I have only little experience with Linux but I haven’t seen standalone “.tar” files yet, only ones that were compressed in some way. This is also the approach we’ll take in the example: pack and compress a group of files.

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Messaging with RabbitMQ and .NET review part 8: routing and topics


In the previous post we looked at two-way messaging in RabbitMq. This messaging type corresponds to the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) messaging pattern. RPC is slightly different from the previous MEPs in that there’s a response queue involved. The sender sends an initial message to a destination queue via the default exchange. The message properties include a temporary queue where the consumer can reply. The receiver processes the message and responds using the response queue extracted from the message properties. The sender then processes the response. We managed to set up a rudimentary chat application in our demo project at the end of the post.

In this post we’ll concentrate on two message filtering techniques: routing keys and topics. The two are quite similar so a single post is enough to handle them both.

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Strategies to extend an existing interface in .NET

Let’s say you have the following interface in production code:

public interface IPrintable
	void PrintMe();

…and you’d like to extend it in some way: add one or more parameters to the PrintMe method or add another method to the interface.

This will be difficult as it breaks all existing implementations of the IPrintable interface. If you own the whole code base then you may take the time and update all places where the interface is used.

If, however, this is not the case then you’ll need to follow another strategy.

One option is to create another interface and let it derive from the existing one:

public interface IPrintableExtended : IPrintable
	void PrintMeExtended(string argument);
	void PrintMe(int howManyTimes);

You can then start programming to the extended interface in all future code.

Another, more long term option is using the obsolete keyword in .NET and thereby discourage the usage of IPrintable. You can replace the existing interface with a brand new one and start programming to that instead. Note that this process can take years for all clients to update their code to the new interface instead.

One last option I can think of can be used for brand new interfaces so that they’ll be more forward-looking. Instead of a set of primitive arguments to a method you can let an object hold the parameters like here:

public class PrintArguments
	public int HowManyTimes { get; set; }
	public string Format { get; set; }
	public bool Pretty { get; set; }

public interface IPrintable
	void PrintMe(PrintArguments printArgs);

You can then add new properties to the PrintArguments object if you need new arguments to the PrintMe method. You’ll probably need to adjust your code for default and missing values but existing code won’t break at least.

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Implementing equality of reference types by overriding the == operator with C# .NET

In this post we saw how to implement the generic IEquatable interface to make two custom objects equatable using the static Equals method.

You’re probably aware of the equality operator ‘==’ in C#. Let’s see what happens if you try to use it for a custom object:

public class Person
	public int Id { get; set; }
	public string Name { get; set; }
	public int Age { get; set; }

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Introduction to Amazon Code Pipeline with Java part 22: the job poller implementation


In the previous post we looked at the job service interface and its implementation. The job service is responsible for polling for new jobs, acknowledging them and setting their final statuses to either success or failure. Much of the implementation uses the AWS client library to execute the work. We also know that each job polling thread will get a job service. The functions in the job service will be called by the job poller at a fixed interval.

We also started looking into the job poller implementation briefly but the job service took up most of the discussion. In this post we’ll finish the job poller class.

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How to convert a plain string into a secure string with C#

A SecureString is a confidential piece of information that is erased from memory when not in use anymore. You can use this object if you need to pass around things like passwords and PIN codes that should be protected while in use.

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