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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Unit Testing is a Means to an End

Most professional software developers these days understand the importance and value of writing and using unit tests. A nice summary of some of the oft-touted and oft-realized benefits ...
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ToString: Hexadecimal Representation of Identity Hash Codes

I have blogged before on the handy Apache Commons ToStringBuilder and I was recently asked what the seemingly cryptic text appearing in the generated String output constitutes. The ...
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