List/Grid Yearly Archives: 2012

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Google Guava Multisets

Continuing this tour of Guava we get to the Multiset. I probably don’t use this as much as Multimaps or Bimaps, but it certainly does have it’s uses. So what’s a Multiset ...
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XAML or JavaFx?

This a quick, subjective, unauthorative and very non-scientific comparison of building applications with XAML and with JavaFx. The comparison is based on my personal experience working ...
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Migrating a Large Project from Ant to Maven

The truth is we had been under difficult times. We spent almost three months to migrate our build mechanism from Ant to Maven. That’s the minimum time you have to put in your ...
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FactoryPal: New Scala framework for creating objects as test data

FactoryPal is a scala framework that lets you create objects as test data. All you have to do is define the templates for each of the classes that you want FactoryPal to create objects ...
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A Selenium/WebDriver example in Java

A couple of years back, I was pitching for some work and the client wanted to see how I would tackle a real world problem. They asked me to automate some tasks on the woot.com web site. The ...
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Local variables inside a loop and performance

Overview Sometimes a question comes up about how much work allocating a new local variable takes.  My feeling has always been that the code becomes optimised to the point where this ...
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Weak, Weaker, Weakest, Harnessing The Garbage Collector With Specialist References

When and when not to use specialist references in Java Weak, Soft and Phantom references are dangerous and powerful. If they are used the wrong way they can destroy JVM performance; ...
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Agile Software Developer Terminology for New Programmers

This is a post for new developers, young, inexperienced or old and retraining into information technology. Recently, I had a discussion with many engineers at one of those many London ...
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Using Apache Commons Functor functional interfaces with Java 8 lambdas

Apache Commons Functor (hereon [functor]) is an Apache Commons component that provides a functional programming API and several patterns implemented (visitor, generator, aggregator, ...
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Ensuring the order of execution for tasks

Sometimes it is necessary to impose certain order on the tasks in a threadpool. Issue 206 of the JavaSpecialists newsletter presents one such case: we have multiple connections from ...
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