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Almost named method arguments in JDK 8

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Sometimes it would be really nice to have named method parameter in Java, this doesn’t look likely for a long while but there is always another little work around, for example using a builder pattern to get similar behaviour, that will bridge the gap for a little bit. It occurred to me that using the Lambda support in JDK 8 ...

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Off-loading your test execution using Hudson

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One of the annoyances if you have a load of tests for a particular project is that running them can tie up your machine for a while. There are also sometimes consistency issues when running on different machines with different window managers and operating system versions. One thing we do is for every main hudson job we create a copy ...

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JSON-Schema generation in Jersey

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So in my previous post I talked about a proposal to allow the use of JSON-Schema in a WADL, this post looks at how to get this working with a recently build of Jersey. You are going to have to download / reference 1.16SNAPSHOT until 1.16 is released. If you are using Maven this should be quite straight forward to update ...

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JSON-Schema in WADL

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In between other jobs I have been recently been reviewing the WADL specification with a view to fixing some documentation problems with a view to producing an updated version. One of the things that because apparent was the lack of any grammar support for languages other than XML – yes you can use a mapping from JSON<->XML Schema but this ...

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Using Hudson/Jenkins to diagnose that intermittent failure

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I have been working on one of those intermittent bugs that just won’t reproduce on my machine; but will reproduce intermittently on other machines while they are running automated testing. I filled the code with trace statements, now I suspect the problem is in code that I don’t control and doesn’t appear to have much in the way of diagnostics ...

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Changing delay, and hence the order, in a DelayQueue

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So I was looking at building a simple object cache that expires the objects after a given time. The obvious mechanism for this is the use the DelayedQueue class from the concurrency package in Java; but I wanted to know if it way possible to update the delay after an object has been added to the queue. Looking at the ...

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Catch a StackOverFlowError by it’s tail

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One of the more annoying situations you might have to deal with when working with a Java program is a StackOverFlowError, if you have a nice producible test case then there are few options with regard to playing with the stack size, or setting a conditional breakpoint / trace of some kind. But if you have a test case that ...

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