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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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This is Stuff: jUnit: Dynamic Tests Generation

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Dynamic tests generation is useful when you need to run the same set of tests on many different input values or configurations. It can be achieved either using parametrized tests or using theories. Theories are valuable when you have a bunch of data to be used as parameters and want to run tests on all their combinations. You get less ...

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Java 8 : Functional VS Traditional

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The business logic is the same : Given a String expression composed of visits / time like : “1/24h,1..3/3h,5/*” Then the result should be the following list of Strings: “1/24h”, “1/3h”,”2/3h”,”3/3h”, “5/1h”,”5/2h”,”5/3h”,”5/4h”,”5/5h”,until ,”24/1h” So, 2 things need to be solved, the dots and the stars for the visits and for the time. I will use Java 8 , but  I’ll ...

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Why Testers Are Losing The ISO 29119 Battle

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The ISO 29119 is making waves in the testing communities, regarding its content and necessity. Its focus on test planning and documentation gets modern testers to ask why. I’ve worked in an ISO certified company, so maybe I can shed light from my past experience.           ISO standards are written by committees, which are made of ...

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Clustered Idempotent Consumer Pattern with Infinispan

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I’ve created a small project that shows how to use JBoss Infinispan with Apache Camel and the Idempotent Consumer Pattern to guarantee a message will not be processed twice in a clustered environment. Imagine you have an application that has to scale out easily by deploying it on multiple containers. But the application has to process each unique request only ...

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Unit Testing – Cost vs. Benefit

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I have been a big fan of unit testing for a very long time; my blog is ridden with posts about it. If I look at how automated unit testing has progressed in my projects over the last decade I am noticing that the inclination to do unit testing is just not there. Recently, I came across this Podcast series between Martin Fowler, Kent ...

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