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NetBeans 7.2 Introduces TestNG

One of the advantages of code generation is the ability to see how a specific language feature or framework is used. As I discussed in the post NetBeans 7.2 beta: Faster and More Helpful, NetBeans 7.2 beta provides TestNG integrat ...
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NetBeans 7.2 beta: Faster and More Helpful

There has been significant excitement about the beta release of NetBeans 7.2. In this post, I look briefly at what makes this release so exciting (including better performance, providing more hints, and integrating FindBugs). NetB ...
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The Developer/Non-Developer Impedance Mismatch

Most software developers have probably heard of and even had experiences with the object-relational impedance mismatch (often addressed with ORM tools), the object-XML impedance mismatch (often addressed with OXM tools), and even ...
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NetBeans Usability Tips

Java IDEs have come a long way since the days of JBuilder (though JBuilder seemed like a welcome advance at the time). Today’s Java IDEs (such as NetBeans, Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, and JDeveloper) are very advanced tools tha ...
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JavaFX-Based SimpleDateFormat Demonstrator

One of the things that can be a little tricky for developers new to Java or even for experienced Java developers new to formatting with Java Dates, is the specification of a date/time format using SimpleDateFormat. The class-leve ...
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NetBeans 7.1: Create a Custom Hint

I have talked about some of my favorite NetBeans hints in the posts Seven NetBeans Hints for Modernizing Java Code and Seven Indispensable NetBeans Java Hints. The fourteen hints covered in those two posts are a small fraction of ...
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JUnit and Hamcrest: Improving On assertEquals

In my blog post Are Static Imports Becoming Increasingly Accepted in Java?, I discussed the increasing use of static imports in Java to make code more fluent in certain contexts. Unit testing in Java has been particularly affected ...
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Are Static Imports Becoming Increasingly Accepted in Java?

There was a time when the use of the word ain’t was widely considered unacceptable, at least in polite society. Indeed, at that time (and perhaps still today), many people did (and do) not consider ain’t to be a real w ...
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Java 7′s Support for Suppressed Exceptions

A new constructor and two new methods were added to the Throwable class (parent of Exception and Error classes) in JDK 7. The new constructor and two new methods were added to support “suppressed exceptions” (not to be ...
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Seven NetBeans Hints for Modernizing Java Code

In the post Seven Indispensable NetBeans Java Hints, I talked about using NetBeans hints in general and then focused on seven hints in particular. The seven hints emphasized in that post are listed next:Suspicious Method Call&n ...
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