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Traditional Programming Language Job Trends – 2013-02


The winter edition of the job trends are back! Today, we are looking at traditional programming languages, which currently include Java, C++, C#, Objective C, Perl and Visual Basic. After this months job trends are posted, I will be reviewing all of the posts and the languages included. I believe some change is needed, so hopefully we will see some ...

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Analysing a Java Core Dump


In this post, I will show you how you can debug a Java core file to see what caused your JVM to crash. I will be using a core file I generated in my previous post: Generating a Java Core Dump. There are different ways you can diagnose a JVM crash, listed below: The hs_err_pid log file When a fatal ...

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Introduction to Collated Views with Couchbase 2.0


Most of the applications have to deal with ‘master/detail’ type of data: breweries and beer department and employees invoices and items … This is necessary for example to create application view like the following:         With Couchbase, and many of the document oriented databases you have different ways to deal with this, you can: Create a single ...

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JSF – Eager CDI beans


Everybody knows eager managed beans in JSF 2. @ManagedBean has an eager attribute. If eager=’true’ and the scope is application, then this bean must be created when the application starts and not during the first reference to the bean. This is a nice feature when you want to load application scoped data (e.g. some select items for menus) during application ...

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JavaFX: Space Invaders in less than 175 LOC


With the current version of the API I’m at less than 175 LOC for Space Invaders. I’ve got lot’s of “Functional Interfaces” in my APIs that can be converted to Lambda Expressions with JavaFX 8( e.g. SpriteProvider and CollisionHandler). That will make the code nicer and shorter. I could probably also reduce the linecount by bundling the recources (e.g. TileSets) ...

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Styling JavaFX Pie Chart with CSS


JavaFX provides certain colors by default when rendering charts. There are situations, however, when one wants to customize these colors. In this blog post I look at changing the colors of a JavaFX pie chart using an example I intend to include in my presentation this afternoon at RMOUG Training Days 2013. Some Java-based charting APIs provided Java methods to ...

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Releasing more often drives better Dev and better Ops


One of the most important decisions that we made as a company was to release less software, more often. After we went live, we tried to deliver updates quarterly, because until then we had followed a staged delivery lifecycle to build the system, with analysis and architecture upfront, and design and development and testing done in 3-month phases. But this ...

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Java is dead (again)


Here is a couple of responses to this annual question I thought worth sharing: The Day Java lost the Battle There is a common myth amongst technologists that better technology will always be the most successful or that you must keep improving or die. A counter example I use is the QWERTY keyboard. No one who uses it, does so ...

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Testing Expected Exceptions with JUnit Rules


This post shows how to test for expected exceptions using JUnit. Let’s start with the following class that we wish to test:                   public class Person { private final String name; private final int age; /** * Creates a person with the specified name and age. * * @param name the name ...

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Java 7: Fork/Join Framework Example


The Fork/Join Framework in Java 7 is designed for work that can be broken down into smaller tasks and the results of those tasks combined to produce the final result. In general, classes that use the Fork/Join Framework follow the following simple algorithm:               // pseudocode Result solve(Problem problem) { if (problem.size < SEQUENTIAL_THRESHOLD) ...

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