Best Of The Week

Best Of The Week – 2011 – W42

Hello guys,

Time for the “Best Of The Week” links for the week that just passed. Here are some links that drew JavaCodeGeeks attention:

* Java Reloaded: Oracle is finally getting Java on track, Java 7 was released, JavaOne was a big success, JavaFX has been reworked and JCPs are being reorganized. Java is generating a good momentum.

* JavaFX 2.0 arrives and heads for open source: This article presents Oracle’s new plans for JavaFX (major rework and open sourcing) along with the Java SE and Java ME roadmaps.

* Android User Interface Design: Radio Buttons: Everything you wanted to know about radio buttons in Android. Don’t forget to check our “Android Full Application Tutorial” series.

* Google App Engine Persistence – Generic repositories with Objectify: Learn how to use Objectify, a library that presents an alternative to JPA and JDO for Google App Engine based applications. Also check out App Engine Java Development with Netbeans and Android App Engine Integration.

* Agile planning: Your estimates suck: This article provides some pointers on why estimates fall out of place, explains how to take into account the project’s scope, resources and available time (without compromising quality) and gives some hints on how to improve your estimates.

* Develop an Apache HttpClient client for Android to a JAX-RS web service: In this tutorial, a JAX-RS web service is accessed with the Apache HttpClient library. In the back end, Jersey, a reference implementation for JAX-RS is used. Also check out Android JSON Parsing with Gson Tutorial and Integrating Jersey with Spring.

* Introduction to Java integration testing for a RESTful API: A great tutorial on how to perform integration testing for a RESTful API, showing how to write tests for the HTTP response code, other HTTP headers in the response and the payload (JSON, XML).

* Preventing code rot: This article explains how code rots (neglected code that stops working) and how rot can be prevented by developers.

That’s all for this week. Stay tuned for more, here at JavaCodeGeeks.

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Ilias Tsagklis

Ilias is a software developer turned online entrepreneur. He is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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