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Getting filters to play nicely with Spring

After having some struggle with getting filters to integrate well with my Spring context, I decided to write down a small tutorial for it... To begin with, filters are defined in web.xml and are therefore not automatically part of the Spring application context, which is normally set up using the DispatcherServlet. A good way to abstract away all this is to use the DelegatingFilterProxy, which is a Spring utility class that acts as a filter, but will delegate the doFilter-method to a Spring-managed bean - normally a class extending GenericFilterBean. As a filter is defined in web.xml and looks for the bean defined in the Spring context in applicationContext.xml, it's not really the set up that I want. Filters are part of a web application and should have access to what's usually defined in webmvc-config.xml, as part of the DispatcherServlet set up. To be able to use, e.g. request scoped beans in applicationContext.xml, you need to defined them as proxied objects in order to hav
A quick note on something that's been bugging me while using SpringSource STS with the GWT-plugin on my MacBook Pro... Sometimes, when shutting down the internal devmode server I get an error dialog saying it wasn't able to shut down the process fully (even though it looks shut down in the console window). When starting it again, it reports port 9997 to be in use already - and consequently fails to start up again. I haven't found a way to find the process within SpringSource STS, even though there are probably several ways of doing it (which I do not know about). Anyhow - I solved it using the " lsof " package (List Open Files). To find the PID of the process using port 9997, type "lsof -i :9997" in a Terminal window. A simple "kill -9 &ltpid&gt" will take care of the rest. I'm not sure if this happens on other platforms etc, but at least, now you know how to handle it if it hits you!

Styling individual (and nested) tabs using GWT

I've read several forum entries trying to explain how to style GWT TabLayoutPanels, and there seems to be several ways to do it. The three most common ways are to: 1) Edit the standard.css-file and update the .gwt-TabLayoutPanel, .gwt-TabLayoutPanelTabs, .gwt-TabLayoutPanelTab, .gwt-TabLayoutPanelTabInner and .gwt-TabLayoutPanelContent. 2) Override the styles by putting your own css-file as part of html hostpage. 3) Override the styles in the ui-binder file using the @external keyword. None of them really fit my needs... I want to be able to style indidividual tabs, including nesting tabs within tabs (with different styling). The methods above changes the globally set stylenames, and applies to all tabs being used in you application. What I'm looking for is to style the tabs using defined styles in the ui-binder file. This way, the styles will be obfuscated and possible to apply within it's own namespace - hence only applied to individual tabs using that namespace.