Free Flowchart Drawing Tools

I have wanted to create a simple flowchart diagram to depict an application flow. As I don’t have Visio installed in my system, I have looked for an alternative tool and found few tools.

lucidchart is good tool but it has limited features in the free version. So at the maximum we can create 3 active documents and the maximum number of objects is 60. So if you want to create a small diagram, then it’s an excellent tool. Here is the link: lucidchart

Google Drawings is an another tool and its free as well. Here is the link: Google Drawings

There is an another excellent tool draw.io. Its really good moreover its free. As my flow diagram is a big one, I have decided to use this but only drawback is you can’t export all the pages as like lucidchart. So you have to export the page one by one as image and add those images in a MS word document then convert it into PDF.

If you don’t want to use online and really want a offline tool, then YED is a good tool. YED

 

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Test Secure REST services with Chrome Browser Plugin

Most of us want to test out the REST services via Advanced Rest Client or Postman for some reason or debug an issue.

But if the REST services are secure and protected by Ping Access or SiteMinder or any other tool, then we will get a login page. So we have to hard code the browser cookies to bypass the login page.

There is an another way to do that.

If you are using Advanced Rest Client(https://advancedrestclient.com), then you can use ARC cookie exchange plugin.
So this plugin helps ARC plugin to retrieve the browser cookies and send it in the request.

If you are using Postman(https://www.getpostman.com), then you can use Postman interceptor. So the Postman interceptor plugin helps the Postman plugin to use the browser cookies for each service call.

Mock System class with Mockito + PowerMock

In this post, I am going to show how to mock the System.getenv and System.getProperty methods.

I have used Mockito and PowerMock to do this. Make sure to include the below dependencies in your pom file.


      <dependency>
            <groupId>org.powermock</groupId>
            <artifactId>powermock-api-mockito</artifactId>
            <version>1.6.4</version>
            <scope>test</scope>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.powermock</groupId>
            <artifactId>powermock-module-junit4</artifactId>
            <version>1.6.4</version>
            <scope>test</scope>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.powermock</groupId>
            <artifactId>powermock-api-mockito-common</artifactId>
            <version>1.6.5</version>
            <scope>test</scope>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.powermock</groupId>
            <artifactId>powermock-core</artifactId>
            <version>1.6.4</version>
            <scope>test</scope>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.powermock.tests</groupId>
            <artifactId>powermock-tests-utils</artifactId>
            <version>1.6.4</version>
            <scope>test</scope>
        </dependency>
 

I have created an another util class which has the getEnv and getProperty methods. So instead of mocking the System class methods explicitly, I have mocked the MockUtils static methods.

MockUtils.java


package com;

import org.apache.commons.lang3.StringUtils;

public class MockUtils {

    public static String getEnv(String name) {
        return StringUtils.defaultIfBlank(System.getenv(name), "");
    }

    public static String getProperty(String name) {
        return StringUtils.defaultIfBlank(System.getProperty(name), "");
    }
}

Here is my test class.

MockTest.java



package com;

import com.MockUtils;
import org.junit.BeforeClass;
import org.junit.Test;
import org.junit.runner.RunWith;
import org.powermock.api.mockito.PowerMockito;
import org.powermock.core.classloader.annotations.PowerMockIgnore;
import org.powermock.core.classloader.annotations.PrepareForTest;
import org.powermock.modules.junit4.PowerMockRunner;

import static junit.framework.Assert.assertEquals;

@RunWith(PowerMockRunner.class)
@PrepareForTest(MockUtils.class)
@PowerMockIgnore("javax.management.*")
public class MockTest {

    @BeforeClass
    public static void setupClass() throws Exception {
        PowerMockito.mockStatic(MockUtils.class);
        PowerMockito.when(MockUtils.getEnv("APP_ENV")).thenReturn("DEV");
        PowerMockito.when(MockUtils.getProperty("username")).thenReturn("bala");
    }

    @Test
    public void testMockUtils() {
        assertEquals("DEV", MockUtils.getEnv("APP_ENV"));
        assertEquals("bala", MockUtils.getProperty("username"));
    }
	

Sometimes the static method might be used in the underlying classes and if those classes are not using the mocked values, then you can initialize the mocked values in the @Before like below,


import static junit.framework.Assert.assertEquals;

@RunWith(PowerMockRunner.class)
@PrepareForTest(MockUtils.class)
@PowerMockIgnore("javax.management.*")
public class MockTest {

    @Before
    public void setupClass() throws Exception {
        PowerMockito.mockStatic(MockUtils.class);
        PowerMockito.when(MockUtils.getEnv("APP_ENV")).thenReturn("DEV");
        PowerMockito.when(MockUtils.getProperty("username")).thenReturn("bala");
    }

    @Test
    public void testMockUtils() {
        assertEquals("DEV", MockUtils.getEnv("APP_ENV"));
        assertEquals("bala", MockUtils.getProperty("username"));
    }
	

How to merge local branch with master[Git]

In this post, I am going to show the step by step instructions for merging our local branch with the master.

Please follow the below steps,

1. Go into your GitHub repository or your project repository
2. Create a local branch with the below command,

git branch local-branch

3. Then move into that branch

git checkout local-branch

4. Then make the relevant changes and issue the below commands to commit it

  git add .
  git commit -m "commit message"

5. Then move back to master branch and merge it as below

  git checkout master
  git merge local-branch
  git push origin master
   

If you see any conflicts while doing push, then do rebase and then push.