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Debugging OpenJDK

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Sometimes debugging Java code is not enough and we need to step over the native part of Java. I spent some time to achieve proper state of my JDK to do that, so short description probably will be useful for ones starting their trip. I’ll use the brand new OpenJDK 9! At first you have to obtain main repository by ...

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Akka Cluster with Docker containers

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This article will show you how to build docker images that contain a single akka cluster application. You will be able to run multiple seed nodes and multiple cluster nodes. The code can be found on Github and will be available as a Typesafe Activator. If you don’t know docker or akka Docker is the new shiny star in the devops world. ...

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JPA Tutorial – Setting Up JPA in a Java SE Environment

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JPA stands for Java Persistence API, which basically is a specification that describes a way to persist data into a persistent storage, usually a database. We can think of it as something similar to ORM tools like Hibernate, except that it is an official part of the Java EE specification (and it’s also supported on Java SE). There are many reasons to learn an ...

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REST API with JSON

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What is REST API? REST stands for Representational State Transfer. It relies on a stateless, client-server, cacheable communications. In most cases it is used with the HTTP protocol. RESTful applications use HTTP requests to POST (create), PUT (create and/or update), GET (e.g., make queries), and DELETE data. REST uses HTTP for all four CRUD (Create/Read/Update/Delete) operations.       What ...

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Programming a simple slot machine game using Java

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No mat­ter how sim­ple or com­plex the game is, Java can do the job! On this post, let’s take a look at how begin­ners of Java pro­gram­ming can make a sim­ple, yet fully func­tional slot machine. Slot machines have been around for a long time, but its enter­tain­ment value doesn’t seem to fade one bit. Inter­Casino, the first web­site to offer ...

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JavaFX Tip 14: StackPane Children – Hidden But Not Gone

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Another short tip: Swing provides a layout manager called CardLayout, which manages a set of components (cards) inside a container but always only shows one of them. The method CardLayout.show(Container, String) allows to switch between the components / the cards. The same behaviour can be accomplished in JavaFX by using the StackPane, adding several children (each using the entire width and ...

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Java Concurrency Tutorial – Visibility between threads

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When sharing an object’s state between different threads, other issues besides atomicity come into play. One of them is visibility. The key fact is that without synchronization, instructions are not guaranteed to be executed in the order in which they appear in your source code. This won’t affect the result in a single-threaded program but, in a multi-threaded program, it ...

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The Full-Time Developer ‘Curse’

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Some time ago I wrote an article with my advice to (junior) developers about their career.  One of the things I explained was that by the word “young” I meant all developer who feel young so it doesn’t matter how many years of experience you’re carrying on your back.  You’re still “young”! A few days ago, I came back from two-weeks of vacations and ...

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