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Coloring Different Data Sources in IntelliJ IDEA

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The database plugin in IntelliJ IDEA is a useful tool to work with data in databases. As long as we got a JDBC driver to connect to the database we can configure a data source. And then we can run queries, inspect the contents of tables and change data with the database tool window. It is not uncommon to have ...

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Slim Down SWT FormLayout Usage

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Always on the quest for efficiency I reconsidered the usability of SWT FormLayout lately. Although it is one of my favored core layouts with respect to flexibility, I had to recognize that it is only reluctantly used by most of my fellow workers. Proposing it for an appropriate task sometimes actually seems to inflict real physical pain, considering the facial ...

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Atom, Hackable Text Editor By GitHub

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GitHub has recently announced its new text editor – Atom. It claimed it would be a 21st century text editor that highly customizable for you to do anything you want. It also allow developers hack to its core of the editor, just like vim and emacs. Built by Web Technology Atom is similar to Bracket Text Editor. They are both ...

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IDE vs. Editor

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Are you using an IDE, or an editor? Are you a “hardcore” programmer, or you are one of those sissy modern developers that use IDEs? Have you personalized your emacs or vim to make you 200% more productive? Or do you think that emacs is useless, at least for Java. Either way, it’s an interesting topic to discuss – what ...

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Using the AutoValue Code Generator in Eclipse

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My colleague Moritz of EclipseSource recently came across Google Auto, a collection of Java code generators. AutoValue is one of them and generates Java code for immutable objects. It provides an annotation and an annotation processor to generate Java code for immutable value objects. The current version is labelled RC1 and a 1.0 release is soon to come. The idea ...

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Responsive UIs with Eclipse and SWT

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Recently I had the problem that my ‘well-conceived’ view design did not scale down reasonably. I realized that the flexibility to arrange viewparts in stacks of arbitrary sizes in an Eclipse workbench window does not exactly ease the development of appealing UIs. At least if you strive for more than a set of actions placed around a list, table or ...

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Mockito Templates for Eclipse

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Sometimes I miss the forest for the trees – and that for a disturbingly long time. I just became aware of this once again recently, typing one of the more verbose mockito expressions for the umpteenth time. The statement in question was a doAnswer(Answer) construct which always feels a bit cumbersome to code with the static import and generics stuff ...

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Code faster with Intellij IDEA live templates

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Intellij IDEA – in my opinion the most productive IDE for Java – comes with bunch of features helping getting rid of writing repetitive code – which is a everyday business no matter what language you use. One of them is live templates. Live templates contain predefined code fragments. You can use them to insert frequently-used or custom code constructs ...

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PMI Facelift

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The Project Management Infrastructure (PMI) is still, frankly, a little too ugly for my liking. A proper facelift with the help of a graphics designer and somebody who knows a thing or two about designing websites is still required (and planned). Having said that, we’re taking a small step forward. Over the weekend, I will release an update to the ...

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Native Java Packaging with NetBeans 7.4

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One of the new features of NetBeans 7.4 that made the “NetBeans 74 NewAndNoteworthy” page is “Native Packaging,” which is described on that page as “JavaSE projects now support creation of native bundles taking use of the native packaging technology provided by JavaFX.” I will use a very simple example to demonstrate this native packaging functionality in NetBeans 7.4. The ...

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