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Our Tools (Sometimes) Lie to Us

My bachelors degree is in Electrical Engineering and when I started looking for my first post-college job, I had to make the decision whether to work in more traditional electrical engineering careers or in computer science-oriented careers. I had been writing code in BASIC since I was a kid, then Borland Turbo Pascal in my middle school and high school ...

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Lombok, AutoValue, and Immutables

I liked Brandon‘s suggestion of a blog post comparing Project Lombok, AutoValue, and Immutables and this is a post that attempts to do that. I have covered Project Lombok, AutoValue, and Immutables individually with brief overviews, but this post is different in that it highlights the similarities and differences between them. Lombok, AutoValue, and Immutables share quite a bit in ...

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Creating Value Objects with Immutables

In response to my recent post AutoValue: Generated Immutable Value Classes, Brandon suggested that it might be interesting to see how AutoValue compares to Project Lombok and Immutables and Kevin seconded this. I agree that this is a good idea, but I am first publishing this post as a brief overview of Immutables because I have already provided similar posts ...

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AutoValue: Generated Immutable Value Classes

The Google GitHub-hosted project AutoValue is interesting for multiple reasons. Not only does the project make it easy to write less Java code for “value objects,” but it also provides a conceptually simple demonstration of practical application of Java annotation processing. The auto/value project is provided by Google employees Kevin Bourrillion and Éamonn McManus and is licensed with an Apache ...

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Observations From A History of Java Backwards Incompatibility

For the most part, Java is a very backwards compatible programming language. The advantage of this is that large systems can generally be upgraded to use newer versions of Java in a relatively easier fashion than would be possible if compatibility was broken on a larger scale. A primary disadvantage of this is that Java is stuck with some design ...

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On the Virtues of Avoiding Parsing or Basing Logic on toString() Result

With Java or any other programming language I’ve used significantly, I have found that there are occasionally things that can be done in the language, but generally should not be done. Often, these misuses of the language seem harmless and perhaps beneficial when a developer first uses them, but later that same developer or another developer runs into associated issues ...

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HotSpot Incremental Java Garbage Collector

In my recent blog post Determining the Active HotSpot Garbage Collector, I described different approaches that can be used to determine the garbage collector that is being used by HotSpot JVM (Java process) when it is not obvious from the command-line arguments (flags) passed to the Java launcher. For significant Java applications, I prefer to explicitly specify the appropriate garbage ...

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Programmatic jcmd Access

Questions posed online demonstrate the occasional desire of developers to access via their Java applications the types of information normally gained from running JConsole, VisualVM, or JDK command-line tools externally against the application. Here are some examples of those types of questions: How to get jmap histogram programmatically? Programmatically dumping heap from Java applications find which type of garbage collector ...

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Determining the Active HotSpot Garbage Collector

The StackOverflow questions find which type of garbage collector is running, Default Garbage collector for a jvm, How can I see what garbage collector is running by looking at gc logs?, and How to know the current GC strategy of the HotSpot jvm?, and the blog post How to programmatically obtain GC information demonstrate the desire at times to know ...

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Java 8 Deferred Invocation with Java Util Logging

In the blog post Better Performing Non-Logging Logger Calls in Log4j2, I looked at approaches one can use in Log4j 2 to reduce or avoid invocation of methods in log statements that, based on the specified log level, are not actually logged at all. As part of this discussion, I covered Log4j 2‘s support for Java 8-based deferred execution using ...

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