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Java: a Local Minimum language-wise

I wrote hundreds of thousands of lines of code in Java between 1996 and 2002. I wrote web frameworks, spreadsheets, and much much more in Java 1.0 through Java 1.4. Compared to mid-90’s ...
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Java8

Java8 isn’t scheduled for for release until March 2014, but early release versions have been available for a while. Some of the most interesting new features are:Streams Functional ...
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If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

The odd, but popular, assertion that Java is dying can be made only in spite of the evidence, not because of it. A recurring prejudice in the forums where the cool kids hang out (Hacker ...
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Add Some Entropy to Your JVM

Being able to generate true random numbers depends on the entropy in your system. Some claim, that this can be guaranteed by fair dice roll. Others think that replacing the OpenJDK’s ...
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Too Many Parameters in Java Methods, Part 5: Method Naming

In my previous post (Part 4 of my series on dealing with too many parameters in Java methods), I looked at method overloading as one approach to providing clients with versions of methods ...
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Java User Defined Types (UDT) in Java DB

Java DB is a relational database management system that is based on the Java programming language and SQL. This is the Oracle release of the Apache Software Foundation’s open ...
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1000 Responses to Java Is Not Dying

When 1000 comments are posted on an editorial, it’s worth considering what is being said. My editorial last week, ” If Java is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy” ...
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Non-Blocking Asynchronous Java 8 and Scala’s Try/Success/Failure

Inspired by a recent newsletter from Heinz Kabutz as well as Scala’s Futures which I investigated in my recent book, I set about using Java 8 to write an example of how to submit ...
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Too Many Parameters in Java Methods, Part 4: Overloading

One of the problems with expecting too many parameters to be passed to a Java method is that it is more difficult for the client of that method to be determine that they are passing ...
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Java: Incrementally read/stream a CSV file

I’ve been doing some work which involves reading in CSV files, for which I’ve been using OpenCSV, and my initial approach was to read through the file line by line, parse the contents ...
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