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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 interfaces Default methods Lambdas Java Time     Streams The new package contains “classes to support functional-style operations on streams of elements”. Streams aren’t a new type of collection and ...

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Create an Ubuntu VM Using Vagrant and Virtual Box


I have been using Vagrant for some time with virtual box to play around with vms on my ubuntu machine. Vagrant is a tool to help create and provision VirtualBox machines.Few of the reasons for using it would be: The development environment can be isolated from all the other junk that accumulates on my primary computer. The development environment can ...

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Metro style Combo Box for Java (JMetro) – Revisited


Last post I made about JMetro – my metro inspired skin (or look and feel) for Java, was about skinnng the calendar picker control. I was going to use Tom Eugelink nice calendar picker but I learned at that time that one was being created by Oracle and shipping with Java 8, so in the interest of time (have little ...

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HTTP Caching explained


We all have noticed that opening of a webpage for the first time takes some time, but the second or third time it loads faster. This happens because whenever we visit a webpage for the first time, our browser caches the content and need not have to make a call over the network to render it. This caching ability of ...

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A command line interface for jclouds


Prologue I’ve been using and contributing to jclouds for over a year now.  So far I’ve used it extensively in many areas and especially in the Fuse Ecosystem. In all its awesomeness it was lacking one thing, a tool which you can use to manage any cloud provider that jclouds provides access too. Something like the EC2 command like tool, ...

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Shell Scripting – Best Practices


Most programming languages have a set of “best practices” that should be followed when writing code in that language. However, I have not been able to find a comprehensive one for shell scripting so have decided to write my own based on my experience writing shell scripts over the years. A note on portability: Since I mainly write shell scripts ...

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HTTP Caching using JAX-RS


In the last blog we discussed different types of caches and their use cases. In this post we will explore how we can leverage caching using HTTP response headers and the support provided by JAX-RS. Expires Header In HTTP 1.0, a simple response header called Expires would tell the browser how long it can cache an object or page. It ...

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JSF Tomcat Configuration Example


JavaServer Faces (JSF) is a web application framework that is intended to simplify development integration of web-based user interfaces. It is used for developing and building server side User Interface Components and using them in a web application. JSF technology is based on the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture and simplifies the construction of user interfaces (UI) for server-based applications by using ...

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