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 Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by Nicholas Harteau/VP, Engineering & Infrastructure

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 As a company most often associated with amazing music recommendations and awesome parties (not to mention life-changing employee benefits), it’s rare that we get to talk about the exciting world of technical infrastructure – the real power behind the music – but today is special. Today we are announcing that we’re working with the Google Cloud Platform team to provide platform infrastructure for Spotify, everywhere.

This is a big deal. At Spotify we are obsessed with providing a streaming experience that feels as though you have all the music in the world on your phone. Historically, we’ve taken a traditional approach to doing this: buying or leasing data-center space, server hardware and networking gear as close to our customers as possible. This approach has allowed us to give you music instantly, wherever…

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AWS Java documentation is fucked

A Really Good Rant

The problem

We recently had a use case that was a perfect for the Amazon Simple Workflow Service (SWF).

In the end it was quite simple to implement. I simply read the C# SWF Hello World example and implemented that in Java.

The actual Java example is a nightmare. The following is not a rant about Java, Design Patterns or Aspect Oriented programming. I actually don’t mind any of those. It’s a rant about a Hello World example that requires hours to even setup and comprehend and in the end abstracts the whole point of the exercise away.

The fucking ridiculous HelloWorld example

Let me show you why i do not like to use the Java examples and why in general the AWS documentation is complete shit.

Let me introduce you to the SWF Hello World Java example. It has a few prerequisites.

Step 1

Setting up the Framework with the Toolkit for Eclipse

I’m in…

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