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Author Archives: Bill Bejeck

Husband, father of 3, passionate about software development.

Google Guava EventBus for Event Programming

 It’s a given in any software application there are objects that need to share information in order to get work done. In Java applications, one way of achieving information sharing is to have event listeners, whose sole purpose is to take some action when a desired event occurs. For the most part this process works and most experienced Java developers ...

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Guava Functions & Java 8 Lambdas

I recently read Brian Goetz’s The State of the Lambda and after reading that article I wanted to try using Java 8 lambda expressions. In his article, Brian goes on to describe interfaces that have one method as “functional” interfaces. Functional interfaces are almost always used as anonymous classes, with the ActionListener being the canonical example. These “functional” interfaces are ...

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Google Guava Cache

This Post is a continuation of my series on Google Guava, this time covering Guava Cache. Guava Cache offers more flexibility and power than either a HashMap or ConcurrentHashMap, but is not as heavy as using EHCache or Memcached (or robust for that matter, as Guava Cache operates solely in memory). The Cache interface has methods you would expect to ...

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Google Guava – Futures

This post is a continuation of my series on Google Guava, this time covering Futures. The Futures class is a collection of static utility methods for working with the Future/ListenableFuture interface. A Future is a handle to an asynchronous task, either a Runnable or Callable, that was submitted to an ExecutorService. The Future interface provides methods for: getting the results ...

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Google Guava Concurrency – ListenableFuture

In my last post I covered using the Monitor class from the com.google.common.util.concurrent package in the Guava Library. In this post I am going to continue my coverage of Guava concurrency utilities and discuss the ListenableFuture interface. A ListenableFuture extends the Future interface from the java.util.concurrent package, by adding a method that accepts a completion listener. ListenableFuture a ListenableFuture behaves ...

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Google Guava – Synchronization with Monitor

The Google Guava project is a collection of libraries that every Java developer should become familiar with. The Guava libraries cover I/O, collections, string manipulation, and concurrency just to name a few. In this post I am going to cover the Monitor class. Monitor is a synchronization construct that can be used anywhere you would use a ReentrantLock. Only one ...

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Testing Hadoop Programs with MRUnit

 This post will take a slight detour from implementing the patterns found in Data-Intensive Processing with MapReduce to discuss something equally important, testing. I was inspired in part from a presentation by Tom Wheeler that I attended while at the 2012 Strata/Hadoop World conference in New York. When working with large data sets, unit testing might not be the first ...

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MapReduce: Working Through Data-Intensive Text Processing

It has been a while since I last posted, as I’ve been busy with some of the classes offered by Coursera. There are some very interesting offerings and is worth a look. Some time ago, I purchased Data-Intensive Processing with MapReduce by Jimmy Lin and Chris Dyer. The book presents several key MapReduce algorithms, but in pseudo code format. My ...

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Java 7: WatchService

Of all the new features in Java 7, one of the more interesting is the WatchService, adding the capability to watch a directory for changes. The WatchService maps directly to the native file event notification mechanism, if available. If a native event notification mechanism is not available, then the default implementation will use polling. As a result, the responsiveness, ordering ...

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