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My Favorite Online Resources for Advanced Java Developers

The ProgramCreek.com blog has recently featured two interesting posts targeted at “advanced” Java developers: Top 10 Books For Advanced Level Java Developers and Top 10 ...
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Better JUnit-based Unit Tests with NetBeans 7.4 beta Hints

In my last post, I wrote about hints provided in NetBeans 7.4 beta that improve a developer’s ability to avoid nasty runtime issues with Java exception handling. In this post, ...
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NetBeans 7.4 Beta Hints Warn of Ineffective Exception Handling

There are numerous examples of how Java exception handling can be more difficult than it might first appear and Josh Bloch devoted an entire chapter of Effective Java (both editions) ...
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Is Java Riskier than C/C++?

Lately, I’ve heard a number of folks discussing whether Java development is riskier than development in C/C++ (from here on out, I’ll just refer to “C”). They’re not ...
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Ant Properties Nuances

Every once in a while, I’m reminded of a few subtle nuances of Ant properties that can, when forgotten, lead to confusion when dealing with Ant. In particular, the fact that Ant ...
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Groovy Sql and Oracle ‘Invalid column index’ SQLException

There are some minor potential dangers associated with Groovy’s def keyword. The Groovy style and language feature guidelines for Java developers provides some warnings about ...
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Escaping XML with Groovy 2.1

When posting source code to my blog, I often need to convert less than signs (<), and greater than signs (>) to their respective entity references so that they are not confused ...
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Enhanced Groovy-based JAR/Manifest Diff Tool

This brief blog post provides another Groovy script that provides simple differencing of two JAR (or WAR or EAR) files and their MANIFEST.MF files. It represents a combination of the ...
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Comparing Manifest Files with Groovy

My last post discussed comparing the high-level contents of two JAR files using a Groovy script and a 2011 post covered displaying a particular JAR file’s manifest file. This ...
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Comparing JARs with Groovy

It can sometimes be useful to compare the contents of two JARs. In this blog post, I demonstrate a Groovy script that acts like a simple “diff” tool for comparing two JAR ...
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