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Book Review: Mockito Essentials

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The subtitle of Sujoy Acharya‘s Mockito Essentials (Packt Publishing, October 2014) is: “A practical guide to get you up and running with unit testing using Mockito.” The Preface and seven chapters in Mockito Essentials span approximately 190 substantive pages. Preface In the Preface, author Sujoy Acharya writes that Mockito Essentials “is an advanced-level guide that will help software developers to ...

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Significant Software Development Developments of 2014

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One of my favorite posts to write each year is the year-ending summary of some of the developments in the world of software development that I have read about or observed during that year. As with any opinionated posts, these are significant developments from my perspective and may be more or less significant to others than they are to me. ...

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Three Common Methods Generated in Three Java IDEs

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In this post, I look at the differences in three “common” methods [equals(Object), hashCode(), and toString()] as generated by NetBeans 8.0.2, IntelliJ IDEA 14.0.2, and Eclipse Luna 4.4.1. The objective is not to determine which is best, but to show different approaches one can use for implementing these common methods. Along the way, some interesting insights can be picked up ...

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Goodbye, Dr. Dobb’s

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Andrew Binstock‘s 16 December 2014 column Farewell, Dr. Dobb’s announces that the Dr. Dobb’s parent company is planning to “sunset” the Dr. Dobb’s website. The column is an interesting read because Binstock analyzes why the website will add no new content despite consistently increasing traffic at the site. This analysis provides an overview of how the market for communicating technical ...

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Manipulating JARs, WARs, and EARs on the Command Line

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Although Java IDEs and numerous graphical tools make it easier than ever to view and manipulate the contents of Java archive (JAR, WAR, and EAR) files, there are times when I prefer to use the command-line jar command to accomplish these tasks. This is particularly true when I have to do something repeatedly or when I am doing it as ...

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Cannot Uninstall JavaFX SceneBuilder 1.0 with JDK 8

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I was recently removing some of the software development applications, tools, and files I had used from an old Vista-based laptop because the people who are primarily using that laptop now have no interest in software development. As part of that effort, I tried to remove JavaFX Scene Builder 1.0, which I had installed a couple of years ago on ...

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Java Extension Mechanism Loads All JARs

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The Java Extension Mechanism is described in the Java Tutorial as a “standard, scalable way to make custom APIs available to all applications running on the Java platform.” As described in Understanding Extension Class Loading, “the extension framework makes use of the class-loading delegation mechanism” with extension classes loaded after the bootstrap classes in rt.jar (and related JARs) but before ...

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Java Minor Releases Scheme Tweaked Again

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In 2013, Oracle announced the Java SE – Change in Version Numbering Scheme. The announcement stated that Limited Update releases (those “that include new functionality and non-security fixes”) and Critical Patch Updates (CPUs) [those “that only include fixes for security vulnerabilities”] would be released with specific version number schemes. In particular, Limited Use Releases would have version numbers with multiples ...

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NetBeans 8.0’s Five New Performance Hints

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NetBeans 8.0 introduces several new Java hints. Although there are a large number of these new hints related to Java Persistence API, I focus on five new hints in the Performance category. The five new “Performance Hints” introduced with NetBeans 8.0 are:             Boxing of already boxed value Redundant String.toString() Replace StringBuffer/StringBuilder by String Unnecessary ...

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JavaOne 2014 Observations by Proxy

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I wasn’t able to attend JavaOne this year, but have been happy to see some online resources covering what happened at JavaOne 2014. In this post, I summarize some of the observations made at JavaOne 2014 and provide links to references providing these observations or providing more background details on those observations. The listed observations are in no particular order ...

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