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Java 7: Project Coin in code examples

This blog introduces – by code examples – some new Java 7 features summarized under the term Project Coin. The goal of Project Coin is to add a set of small language changes to JDK 7. These changes do simplify the Java language syntax. Less typing, cleaner code, happy developer ;-) Let’s look into that. Prerequisites Install Java 7 SDK ...

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Why I Like The Verbosity of Java

Java is too verbose, they say. You can find comparisons of Hello World programs that take 2 lines in ruby and 10 lines in Java, and in order to read a file you need 20 lines in Java and just 1 in php. Even though the examples are often exaggerated (for example counting imports), it is true Java programs requires ...

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Play framework modules: Divide and conquer

It’s usually the case that you start developing an application and go on fulfilling requirements. When your application grows bigger you start to realize the convenience of separating it into different components. Moreover, when you develop your second or third application, your begin to recognize certain features that could be reused across different applications. These are two good reasons to ...

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Make your JAXB cleaner with the MOXy implementation

The principle advantage of using JAXB when marshalling and demarshalling XML is the programming model. Simply annotate a few POJOs and use the JAXB API’s and you can serialise to XML and deserialise from XML very easily. You don’t need to worry about the specifics regarding how the XML is marshalled / unmarshalled. Everything is much simpler than alternatives such ...

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Java EE 6 vs. Spring Framework: A technology decision making process

In the last few month we’ve went through this decision making process: which technology stack to choose for enterprise development on the Java platform? There are various alternatives. However, the ones we’ve discussed intensively were: Pure Java EE 6 Stack vs. Spring with Java EE. The following blog article summarizes key issues I found interesting when you consider one of ...

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EJB Lookup in a Vaadin Application

It has been a long time since the last Service Locator I have implemented. I thought it wouldn’t be necessary anymore considering the maturity of the Java EE CDI (Contexts and Dependency Injection). My first implementation was to make use of EJBs in a Struts-based web application. After that, I started working with JSF, which only requires annotated attributes with ...

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Domain modeling with Spring Data Neo4j

Hi all, Willie here. Last time I told you that I’m building the Skybase CMDB using Neo4j and Spring Data Neo4j, and I was excited to get a lot of positive feedback about that. I showed a little code but not that much. In this post I’ll show you how I’m building out the person configuration item (CI) in Skybase ...

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Integrating JavaFX 2.0 with Swing and SWT

One of the improvements in JavaFX with JavaFX 2.0 has been greater ease of interoperability with Swing and SWT. Several online resources document how this is done. These include Integrating JavaFX into Swing Applications and SWT Interop. However, in a nice example of effective class-level Javadoc documentation, the respective JavaFX classes javafx.embed.swing.JFXPanel and javafx.embed.swt.FXCanvas each provide a simple code sample ...

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Using a memory mapped file for a huge matrix

Overview Matrices can be really large, sometimes larger than you can hold in one array. You can extend the maximum size by having multiple arrays however this can make your heap size really large and inefficient. An alternative is to use a wrapper over a memory mapped file. The advantage of memory mapped files is that they have very little ...

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