Relentless Coding

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  • Java Stateful Sessions or How to Properly Send Cookies With Each Redirect Request

    Sometimes you need to log in to some webpage programmatically. I ran into one of those pages where, when the login succeeds, you’re being redirected to another page, and then to another (something along the lines of ‘Please login’ -> ‘You are successfully logged in’ -> ‘Admin panel’). So I needed to write something that would store the cookies that come along with each response, and send those cookies out with each subsequent request. With curl, I would have used:

    $ curl --location --cookie-jar logincookie ''

    So how can we emulate this behavior in Java?

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  • Adding a File to the Root of Your Gradle Distribution

    A while ago, I needed to write a program that retrieved some information from the database by using SQL queries located in files. I wanted to add a file that would contain the settings of the app, like the port, SID, login and password for the database, but also the location of those queries. The problem was I couldn’t add those settings to a file in the standard src/groovy/resources folder, because when creating a distribution with Gradle ./gradlew distZip the file would be part of the jar, and thus it would be difficult to modify the contents. I was basically after a run-control file, a settings file in the root of my distribution, that I could easily change on each run (if necessary).

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