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SwS: The Basics

by Stan Lemon

Do you want to get started shaving with a double edge razor? Mark and I cover The Basics on Shave with Swagger.

SwS: I hated shaving

by Stan Lemon

Today's post on Shave with Swagger discusses why I hated shaving.  Keep an eye out, later this week Mark and I will cover "the basics" of what you need to get started wet shaving.

Against Setter Injection

by Stan Lemon

I recently read Richard Miller's post  Avoiding Setter Injection and I in large part agree with his sentiments. My conversion to constructor injection over setter injection is a fairly recent one and when I was initially deliberating the differences I found a lot of explanations online with little concrete code to show why this practice is less productive to good object oriented design. I thought I would try to illustrate with some concrete code examples I agree with Miller that ultimately constructor injection is a more worthy approach and why you should avoid using setter injection whenever possible.

First, let's consider two interfaces FooService and FooNotifier. FooService will use a FooNotifier which contains a method notify(). We have two implementations of FooNotifier the BarNotifier and the BazNotifier.  Fundamentally they do two completely different things, though they agree to the same contract.  Here's what these things look like:


Now let's take a look at our constructor injection implementation FooServiceConstruct:


And also our setter injection implementation FooServiceSetter:


The argument goes that with constructor injection you create an object with all of it's dependencies. This means that you minimize side effects caused by the dependency not being injected, or worse changing on you after your object has been created. It makes your object fundamentally more predictable. Think of it this way, this is the only way that we can use our FooServiceConstruct:


But with FooServiceSetter we can actually do a couple of things with that implementation...


You'll see that we can create a FooService that either does not work or that can have it's internal behavior completely changed out from under us.  Neither of these options is good. The alternative is that with constructor injection we have an object that stands on it's own, the functionality of which cannot be changed in runtime after it has been instantiated. If you want to avoid buggy software, make your objects predictable.

This is a simple example, but it illustrates the nature of an object that uses setter injection. It creates the potential for volatility in your object that you don't want to occur.  Now I'm not saying you should never inject via setter. There may be times that you actually want the behavior I've illustrated, however I think you will find that most of the time you simply don't want that. Subsequently as a general rule I inject by constructor unless compelled otherwise during the design of my software. I make it the exception, not the rule when writing objects.

Shave with Swagger

by Stan Lemon

I'm really excited to share a new blogging endeavor with my friend Mark Buetow, Shave with Swagger and Good morning! is our first post.  What should you expect in the future? Posts about shaving, product reviews, blade analysis and random pontifications about our honest devotion to the pleasurable indulgence of a decent wet shave in the morning.

For awhile now I've wished that Bamboo had an app, or something that could deliver a push notification when a build starts or finishes. Sure there is email, but that means my build notifications will get lost in all of the other junk I am quietly ignoring in my inbox.  What I want is a targeted notification for my builds. So I got to thinking, why not leverage Pushover?

I decided to setup some inline script tasks on one of my bamboo plans using the following code (supply your credentials accordingly), in order to give Bamboo push notifications.


Of course you can kick this up a notch by changing the message, using additional variables and throwing other notifications in at very stages of your build plans.